Though it didn’t come to the forefront in the Cardinal’s blowout win against Cal, head coach David Shaw’s play calling has been one of the most controversial aspects of the 2013 Stanford football season. Stanford’s performance in pressure situations hasn’t been all bad, however. Despite the team’s well-documented red zone struggles, it still leads the Pac-12 in third down efficiency (51.6 percent). We asked football writers Winston Shi, Do-Hyoung Park and David Cohn: What is Stanford doing wrong in the red zone, but right on third down?
Despite its tough loss at Utah last Saturday, the Stanford Cardinal football team and head coach David Shaw continue to maintain their calm, business-like demeanor with an overall surprisingly upbeat attitude towards the crucial conference showdowns remaining on the schedule.
As a Stanford graduate, it should perhaps come as no surprise that the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman ’10 likes to obsessively study his opponents’ tendencies prior to games.
Sunday was a big day for Stanford’s big guys around the NFL. Coby Fleener ’11 caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, Zach Ertz ’13 snagged two passes for 58 yards, Jim Dray ’10 grabbed five passes for 31 yards and Levine Toilolo ’13 recorded his first NFL reception for a 4-yard gain in an eventful week for former Stanford tight ends.