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Next steps needed for Rutgers offense in Week 2



Sep 3, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Kyle Monangai (5) celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Rutgers offense fared well in week one of the season under new coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca. They dominated time of possession, didn’t turn it over, limited penalties, didn’t allow a sack and doubled their scoring average from last season.

Of course, for Rutgers to go bowling this season, the offense needs to have steady progression this fall.

How the offense performs on Saturday night against Temple is another test. Establishing some consistency and rhythm is important for long term growth. Playing mistake free football, producing sustained drives and of course, scoring points are all part of that. However there are still plenty of questions.

How long will it take for the running back room to be at full availability and healthy?

Will the wide receivers expected to be at the top of the depth chart emerge?

Can the offensive line improve in run blocking and will the rotation tighten?

Will Gavin Wimsatt look even more comfortable in week two and can he string together two solid performances?

All of this is being pondered as the Big Ten has a key week two ahead. In the first week of the season, the league looked more wide open than expected after the Big Ten East powers. If the Rutgers offense can continue to take steady steps forward, can they be a surprise team in the conference? There is a long way to go and week two is a marker for sure.

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  1. Henry Rutgers

    September 7, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Solid, keen observations. Fans in my seating area were calling for Simon late in the game out of fear of a Wimsatt injury. My take was the more snaps he takes the more comfortable he’s going to get and the slower the game will become for him. Temple has had enough time to prepare and figure out some ways to pressure or even sack Wimsatt. We need him to stay in the moment and rely on his OC to put him in positions to be successful.

    It will be extremely helpful to have a healthy RB contingent. The guys we played last week did very well. However, having a more complete arsenal to rely on will matter as we progress into the season.

    Penalty free, keeping errors to a minimum and solid execution in all three phases of the game along with another exciting home environment and I believe we’ll see as good or better results this week.

    • thevinman

      September 7, 2023 at 12:00 pm

      It would be great to have Brown and Young back but better to give them more time to heal than putting them back too soon. Besides, we should be able to beat Temple without them.

  2. pj43

    September 7, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    Big day Aaron! Enjoy every moment, Dad. Before you can blink an eye, she’ll be going to the Junior Prom! In answer to all of your questions about the offense – YES! And, that’s from the glass is half empty kind of guy.

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