Tuesday, 03 October 2017 14:02

Monday Morning Quarterback

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rosen AMThere was a marked improvement on the defensive side of the ball Saturday Evening when the Bruins hosted the Buffalos at the world famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

UCLA’s defense played much better, but still lost containment at times and were gashed. The Buffs did rush for 191 yards and passed 243 for a total of 434 yards, but the defense was able to make up enough plays to help the Bruins get back on the winning track.

What is really amazing for those who witnessed training camp is the growth of the Bruin offense. It is normal for a defense to be ahead of an offense during camp. Especially when you are learning new terminology and breaking in a new coordinator. The improvement on the offensive side of the ball since camp has been amazing.

The tale of the tape offensively has been the improvement of the running game and it appears to be improving each game. What can you say about quarterback Josh Rosen and his play thus far.

Yes, he’s made some mistakes trying to force the issue that may have caused the Bruins the Memphis game, but UCLA wouldn’t have been that close in that game without the dazzling play of Rosen.

For the season, Rosen is leading the nation in passing yards (2,135 yards) and touchdown passes (17). His quarterback rating is 156.2 and is completing 64.9 percent of his passes while throwing only five picks.

In fairness to the Bruin defense, they had to replace a ton of talent that is now playing on Sunday. Add that to the fact that injuries have also played a part. This defense is learning on the job and if it ticks upward this UCLA team could be pretty good by season’s end.

The surest way to know if a team is well coached is improvement. The offensive side of the ball is well coached. The defense is beginning to show some improvement too and UCLA’s next test will be in Tucson where Jim Mora has had success, but previous Bruin coaches had their difficulties.

UCLA has yet to win on the road. For the Bruins to take the next step, they are going to have to be able to win on the road. It will be challenging for UCLA because some of their toughest games will be on the road.

The Bruins play Washington, Utah, and USC on the road. All three teams are ranked. Mora talks about playing consistent football and limit mistakes.  If the Bruins are able to achieve playing consistent football and limit their mistakes with continued improvement on both sides of the ball this UCLA football season could end up a hopeful note.

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