TCU lost eight football games in 2013, and six of those losses were by 10 points or less. Coach Gary Patterson’s teams always manage to play tough, hard-nosed defense, but in the two seasons that the Horned Frogs have been members of the Big 12, their offense has been highly inconsistent and mostly ineffective, at leas by Big 12 standards.
At Big 12 Media Days in Dallas two weeks ago, Patterson was asked what improvements can be made in 2014 to turn those close losses into close wins. Here is what he had to say on the subject:
“You can’t turn the ball over, (and) we’ve got to score points. Defensively, we’ve got to keep making people kick field goals, and you can’t give up the big play and (you’ve got to) stop the run.
“For us, it’s finding that four or five plays. You’ve got to be a smarter football team. In this league, the margin of error is different. there were good teams in any league we played in. But on a week-to-week basis, the margin of errors is less. And so you have to be able to understand that when those four or five plays happen that you’ve got to be able to make them.
“So for me, it’s all been about understanding it (the offense) wasn’t broke. You’ve got to make sure you go out, gotta be physical, gotta trust each other, gotta play together as a group and also you’ve got to find a way to make those plays at the end of the ballgame in the fourth quarter…get a touchdown, field goal, to get it done.
“It’s always going to come down to the last three series of the game in this league. Always has. Everyone can score points.”
TCU does play five of its nine conference games at home this season – including games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas State – which should give the offense a big lift.