The Mountaineers were slow against Kansas State, huddled at times and even had to burn a timeout after coming out of a huddle and then changing the play at the line.
"There are specific things we do offensively that we can do and there are specific things we do offensively that we can't do from a tempo standpoint," Holgorsen said. "We were probably a little too settled last week and that's 100-percent my fault. I should have pushed the envelope on some things."
There are more problems on defense, but the focus isn't necessarily as broad as the situation presents. Holgorsen maintained confidence in the schemes of defensive coordinator Joe DeForest and co-defensive coordinator Keith Patterson.
WVU hasn't tackled or covered well and hasn't pressured the quarterback enough to assist the defensive backs, all while playing with a variety of young players and personnel packages.
Holgorsen cautioned against expecting the scheme to change.
"We've tried that," he said. "Within our defensive scheme, there are different coverages and different blitzes and different fronts. When we get in one and it doesn't work, we go to another one. It's a multiple defense that can line up in a variety of ways."
He said WVU tried many things against Kansas State, but the Wildcats made the appropriate counters. At the same time, Holgorsen said his defense didn't make plays.
"As an offensive play caller, I go back to this and I tell the team this all the time: If you guys are going to rely on us as coaches making the perfect call all the time, we're going to fail you," Holgorsen said. "Nobody can do that all the time."
The coaching staff won't be free from inspection and alterations, either. There have been discussions about finding new or better ways to get players on offense or defense in position to make the plays that have not been made.
"That's where we've got to do a better job as coaches," Holgorsen said. "Nobody is pointing fingers anywhere and I'm not pointing fingers in any particular place. Nobody is doing that. We all understand that what we have to continue to do as coaches is put them in a position to be successful.
"Teach them technique, teach them how to make plays and then build the confidence to where they can do it and get out there and work hard on it. Ultimately, it comes down to getting to practice, working hard in practice and getting better at what we ask them to do."
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