In a recent anonymous survey by Athlon Sports, opposing Big 12 coaches heavily critiqued Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders’ defense.
One rival coach went so far as to say Kingsbury was not ready when he was hired before the 2013 season.
“Kingsbury is a hard worker and super talented, but he wasn’t prepared to be a head coach when he got the job and just hasn’t put it all together at this point,” the coach said. “He tries to do so much on offense.”
Most of the other coaches’ commentary focused on Texas Tech’s defense, which ranked last in the FBS in total defense a year ago.
“There’s really no culture on their defense,” one coach said, “so they don’t get the results they want.”
Added another: “They’re not great personnel-wise, but I really don’t think it’s the players — it’s just the culture and the lack of emphasis on getting better defensively.”
“The biggest issue is they just can’t tackle,” a third said.
Kingsbury and the Red Raiders’ offense did a receive some praise, however.
“You just watch what they do schematically and you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s sharp. That’s neat,'” a rival coach said. “So he does good stuff. He’s a sharp guy, and he’s probably the most creative guy in the Air Raid that I’ve seen with that system.”
But as one coach pointed out, it doesn’t matter how good a team is on offense if it still can’t outscore its opponent.
“They’ve been great on offense and still not been a good football team the last couple years,” he said. “That’s ridiculous.”
The Red Raiders, picked to finish eighth in conference’s preseason poll, begin their fifth season under Kingsbury on Sept. 2 against Eastern Washington.