WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Brent Briggeman, who covers Air Force football for The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., about Saturday night’s game with the University of Wyoming.
Look for Q&As with beat writers that cover UW football opponents every week throughout the season.
Air Force has struggled on defense in its last two games — losses to Utah State and Boise State — where it was outscored 94-40. What is the problems defensively, or is it more that Utah State and Boise State are that good on offense?
The Falcons have been slow to adjust to particular schemes. Against Utah State, quarterback Chuckie Keeton was able to break the pocket and then wait and see if Air Force’s defensive backs were going to stay in coverage, in which case he would run. When defensive backs would break coverage, he would hit open receivers. Air Force never figured out the best plan to stop him. Against Boise State, the bubble screens — quick-hitting passes to receivers at or behind the line of scrimmage — accounted for 17 of the pass completions (on 17 attempts) and routinely went for 6-10 yards. Both of those teams executed extremely well and will have success against most teams, but Air Force’s inability to react certainly played a part.