What is wrong with the Mountaineers? Simple.
What to do about the defense? Blitz, blitz and blitz again. The defense just doesn’t have the talent to play traditional smash mouth defense. The blitz is the way to go for two reasons. First, if it works, it hypes up the emotion beyond belief which is part of what is needed. Secondly, if it doesn’t then at least the offense is back on the field with an opportunity to score. High risk? Yes. But what have we got to lose?
Now the kicking game and special teams. To find a kicker go talk to the soccer coach. You need a leg. Go get one. Special teams? Play your best players from offense and defense. To heck with worrying about injuries. What have you got to lose.
Lastly, Dana H. be more of a leader and less of a “hey, we got beat” low key interview. You need to repeatedly point out what we do well (score quickly with awesome pass and catch and decent running) and tell folks you are going to fix the defense and special teams and tell them how. Forget about this “we need more effort” stuff.
If you don’t do this it looks like the Papajohn’s Bowl. Oh my.