The TCU offense has not been elite for some time
When you think of TCU football, you think of the 4-2-5 defensive system of head coach Gary Patterson. But you don’t think much about the offense and that’s because, for some years, the Frogs haven’t necessarily had an offense that was among the nation’s top units.
This past season, Cumbie’s offense was no. 48 nationally in scoring at 30.8 points per game, no. 52 in total offense at 411 yards per game, and no. 99 in passing yards at 196.3 per game. Those numbers aren’t going to inspire anyone to anoint Cumbie as the next Lincoln Riley.
But there was a time when his offense was one of the best in the NCAA. In both 2014 and 2015, when Cumbie was the co-offensive coordinator for the Frogs, his offense was ranked in the top five in the nation in terms of total yards.
However, since then, the highest his offense has ranked in yards per game was 29th. What’s more, since 2017, Cumbie’s offenses have finished outside the top 50 in yards three times.
Some of that has to do with recent misses at the QB position. For instance, there was 4-star signee Shawn Robinson, who proved to be a massive bust from the class of 2017, and fellow 4-star signee Justin Rogers who was a bust in the class of 2018. That forced TCU to turn to true freshman Max Duggan in 2019 and as a result, the Frogs ranked just 62nd in yards per game that year.
But while Texas tech fans may not be impressed with Cumbie’s overall stats since Trevone Boykin was leading his offense in 2015, there will be one major difference in Cumbie’s situation in Lubbock vs. his situation in Fort Worth. At Tech, this will be his show to run as he sees fit.