They're primarily to blame imo. I'm not sure the communication is very good. It wasn't until Hugh became quite animated between the second and third sets that they started really locking in tonight.A lot of the criticism in various posts is thought provoking. I thought the Gophers teams led by Santana, Wilhite, the Tapps, Hart, SSS, early Samedy, etc., were fiery & aggressive. Those fiery traits seemed to cool (for whatever reasons) after the Gophers beat WI for the 2nd time in the 2018 season and haven't been as obvious since then. Seems to me the critiques are aimed at the players. Isn't the coaching staff mainly responsible for forming a team's approach? And shaping competitive drive?
If that had been a one-off, it wouldn't be anything worth bringing up. But it has become a pattern, especially over the past few years. Ultimately, that falls on the shoulders of the coaching staff to find a way to get through to the team. But right now, the team seems less than the sum of its parts, which is not where a supposedly top level program should be.