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Texas A&M

What’s Going On With The Texas A&M Offense?

  • Ryan Fowler
  • September 22, 2022
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For a program littered with five-star talent, just three touchdowns in the last eight quarters of football have raised concerns about the Texas A&M offense. For a unit led by Jimbo Fisher, whose philosophy and offensive ideals look outdated and redundant, there’s talent to be showcased—yet Texas A&M has looked like one of the most stagnant groups in the nation through three weeks.

Scoring just 17 points in a loss to Appalachian State and 17 points in a win over Miami, while the Aggies sit at 2-1 prior to their SEC showdown with No. 10 ranked Arkansas this weekend, there’s much to be improved upon for a starting 11 stacked with highly recruited prep talent and NFL athletes in abundance. You could say their win over the Hurricanes was a gift, as Miami was the first team since 2000 to record 27 or more first downs without recording a touchdown. A “bend but don’t break” defense if you will, yeah, sure, maybe, but 17 points a ballgame on the opposite side of the ball won’t keep you competitive in the SEC.

Under center, it’s been a mixed bag of results for Fisher, who already made the switch to LSU transfer Max Johnson after experimenting with Haynes King. A homegrown talent by way of Longview, TX, unimpressive would be an understatement in describing King’s performance in the loss to the Mountaineers totaling just 97 yards through the air in a full four quarters of football. It’s been ugly, and while individual performances are often correlated with talent around *insert position here*, Texas A&M’s offense has failed to mesh around the skill sets they have both in the backfield and at wideout, ultimately limiting the impact of whoever is under center each Saturday. The name of the game has always been ‘most points wins,’ but with that comes an ability to consistently evolve your scheme to fit what your players do well. For Fisher, he’s got ballers, but misuse of their talents and how they are deployed against different defensive schemes has showcased an offense stuck in quicksand despite its laundry list of tier-one playmakers. 

With Devon Achane, Ainias Smith, and five-star freshman wideout Evan Stewart, there’s no excuse to be the 110th-ranked offense in college football. Fisher has failed to evolve his scheme and while it looks like he’s sorting through hundreds of plays on the sideline, his failure to tailor his offense to the players they are able to recruit has placed the Aggies in a wormhole of lackluster offensive production that may ultimately cause Fisher’s talent to depart. A sad reality, but it’s the nature of the transfer portal and programs like Georgia who have blown up the scoreboard each week, Alabama and Ohio State whose offenses constantly evolve to fit their playmakers, and other programs like Tennessee, Washington, and North Carolina (who hung 63 on App State) who have looked like juggernauts early this fall. 

Without a home game until Oct. 29, it’s a tough road ahead for the Aggies, who have trips ahead to Starkville (Mississippi State), Tuscaloosa (Alabama), and Columbia (South Carolina), before returning home. While Johnson has been looked at as the saving grace to provide a jolt into the offense moving into Week 4—along with the return of Stewart—the onus remains on Fisher to expand his offensive brainstem if Texas A&M looks to compete within a loaded SEC West.

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Ryan Fowler