MSU QB coach Warner: “We’re still trying to find that magic formula”

Michigan State ranks 11th in the Big Ten in scoring offense this season.

The team has struggled to score touchdowns this season, and has just two in their last home games – both losses (one against Iowa, one against Ohio State).

And MSU quarterbacks coach Dave Warner stressed Wednesday he and the coaching staff aren’t happy with how things have gone.

“Again, our expectations in this football season were we’d knew we’d have a good defense and they’ve played well,” Warner said Wednesday. “Offensively we knew we’d be young but we thought we would be able to make progress through the first couple of games and be able to gain some confidence and settle in and sort of hang our hat on some things offensively and that hasn’t happened. We’re unproven yet. We’re still trying to find that magic formula.”

Warner did say he’s seen Maxwell and the receivers grow but made it clear this is not where they expected to be at this point in the season.

“It’s a process. I see it getting better,” Warner said. “It’s certainly got a long way to go. We’re juggling some guys around there and still trying to find out our top guys on a consistent basis just that you can go with throughout the course of the game. But I see progress, but in the middle of the season you’d like to see more progress. It’s not just the receivers. It’s the offense and that includes us as coaches.”

MSU defensive coordinator said Tony Lippett and freshman safety Demetrious Cox are simulating Michigan QB Denard Robinson in practice this week.

He said they will defend Robinson a little differently.

“He’s throwing the ball a little bit underneath,” Narduzzi said. “I don’t know if you can blitz him as much because he’s going underneath and getting it out a little quicker. So there’s some things you’ve got to worry about.”

Speaking of stopping Denard, the Spartans have been better at doing it than most others. Narduzzi was very non descript about that success stopping him Wednesday, saying they’ve just played defense.

On the hockey front, Solari writes that MSU learned from its losses to top-ranked Minnesota last weekend.

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9 Responses to MSU QB coach Warner: “We’re still trying to find that magic formula”

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:


    Do you still think that Maxwell will have an NFL career, if so will be similar to Hoyer? Would be curious how you rate his mechanics and pro chances?

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Basketball polls are such a joke. A team that lost significant pieces and got beat in the first round by Ohio is #5, a team coached by a Tom Izzo disciple is #1, and the Spartans are 14? The Acorns are again rebuilding, but are #4. It certainly is terrific that they mean absolutely nothing.

      • avatar Lancelot_Spartan says:

        I don’t have a problem with IU at #1. Michigan seems a bit high, but like you said they don’t mean a thing. I am glad we are #14 as we usually seem to do better when the pre-season expectations aren’t so high. We are ranked #14, so where’s the threat? ;)

      • avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

        We have a special guest who will be watching the football game with Coach Izzo in some nice theater chairs that DP might have show you. I wouldn’t worry about preseason rankings, let’s just make sure our guest has a special visit. There is a nice place to have dinner on the North End of town with all sorts of Spartan hardware on display.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        I don’t mind winning it all from the 14 spot.

  2. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    I hear the Cracker has been calling and leaving messages BEGGING for access this weekend. Not even getting a call back

  3. avatar Ben Green says:

    “And MSU quarterbacks coach Dave Warner stressed Wednesday he and the coaching staff aren’t happy with how things have gone.”

    No kidding?

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