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  • Banker: Beavers may have tried to do too much

  • Fan message boards are buzzing, critics are pontificating.
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  • Fan message boards are buzzing, critics are pontificating.
    Reaction to Oregon State's defensive performance in a 49-46 home loss to Eastern Washington has been harsh.
    The Beavers gave up 625 total yards and EWU quarterback Vernon Adams accounted for 518.
    Adams threw for 411 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two more.
    The Beavers were not able to contain Adams and frequently failed in pass coverage.
    "A lot of different things happened," defensive coordinator Mark Banker said after Monday's practice. "We had some situations where we had pressure and lost contain. Other situations we've got to give the quarterback credit, too. Players were in position to make the plays and he broke them down and got outside."
    Banker said the Beavers probably tried to do too much in preparation for the Eagles.
    They spent a lot of time getting ready for the pistol and read zone, but didn't see as much of those formations as they anticipated.
    The defensive players did not play with the effort and energy that Banker and the coaching staff has come to expect.
    "It didn't look like us out there," Banker said.
    "Maybe we ran too many plays with them last week. Maybe we didn't taper enough," he said. "The other thing is when you're doing things schematically, if guys aren't confident in what they're doing, eyes tend to wander from one responsibility to the other and that can't happen."
    Adams did a lot of damage because the Beavers could not finish plays against him.
    Banker pointed out that OSU players had about five clean shots at Adams but failed to take the proper angle and use leverage.
    Pass rush execution also broke down at times.
    "Our lane integrity needs to be better and when you do have pressure from one side, there were two times we had great pressure from one side and it was a pressure call and the opposite player ... needs to be upfield on that side so he gets pushed either back to the pressure or the pressure pushes to that contain player," Banker said.
    Adams usually had open receivers running downfield.
    On some plays the receiver simply beat the defensive back. Other times the defender was concerned about Adams getting loose.
    "When you face those type of guys who can get outside the pocket you've got to be able to stay with your coverage, stay with your man," secondary coach Rod Perry said. "Don't turn anybody loose, running free. That doesn't look good. And you've got to be able to make plays on the ball. When they throw the ball up, you've got to be able to go in and make a play and cover somebody."
    Banker said the Beavers have been successful against mobile quarterbacks in the past.
    He gave OSU's accomplishments last year against UCLA's Brett Hundley, Arizona's Matt Scott and Arizona State's Taylor Kelly as examples.
    "The one that we didn't do well against was Oregon," Banker said.
    The Beavers use a variety of defensive schemes to stop teams that utilize an athletic quarterback.
    The players have to execute in each formation and play with focus.
    The coaches have to make sure the players are prepared.
    "Whatever the scheme is, the players need to feel comfortable," Banker said. "That's our job to make sure that we don't overload that and let them be athletes and make sure that they're confident in knowing not only what they need to do, but eyes, feet, proper position. That's coaching right there. We just need to get that done."
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