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Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by Californigatornation, Nov 16, 2013.
Interesting in the first half. A few wrinkles, but primarily we were getting great blocking.
Then we had the win. We got tight, scared. Basically went for straight lead block runs. Unsurprisingly ineffective. Keep at it. Eventually we're down, instead of throwing the kitchen sink at 'em, we just start chucking the ball.
Probably our worst of the season, honestly.
Great strategy coming in.
Zero adjustments once USC adjusted.
Good for the first quarter and a bit with some nice trick plays, but we kept on running the ball for 55 minutes and it was clear what we were doing. Should have started passing it earlier and use Taylor more.
Everything was fine except for when Burton kept on the wildcat. Also the bad offensive penalties.
I don't think we needed to pass a lot more, but there was a real variety of runs. By the second half we were in clock-eating mode, basically. All of our runs (save the handoff to Joyer, the first I've seen in forever), were straight I- lead block plays or counters. It became entirely predictable.
It was the best they could do with the resources at their disposal. Had they had Skylar throw from the beginning, the game would have been over by halftime. They adapted to our strategy and we knew when they did it would be a matter of how much time is left. What we didn't count on is adapting perfectly at the half. If we could have kept the 14-6 lead going into the 4th, we would have won.
With some success on the ground, and USC pushing to stop it.... How about some REAL play action and get the kid some confidence?
Awful 2nd half. Some of the worst play calling I've seen. We squandered field position, and we were shut out. No 1st down passes. I'm really surprised we made no adjustments to them stacking the box.
Waaaah is all I hear.
Passing the ball more would have been a mistake.
We lost all diversity in the run game in the 2nd half. Where was Showers? Where was Patton? Their outside runs is what was opening up the inside runs for Kelvin and Mack.
I'd note Auburn beat Tennessee by only completing THREE passes. You don't need to pass the ball, but you need to spread the defense out somehow. We did it in the first half and then screwed it up in the 2nd half.
I am convinced we worked with what we had but we should have tried short passes more often. I truly think they would have worked nicely with our mostly running game. The defense had our number in the second half. You HAVE to try something different.
WHY DO WE KEEP RUNNING THE WILDCAT???!!! AGHHHH!!!
I didn't like it.
A bonus to whoever called the first half( Pease?)
A pink slip to whoever called the second half.....
"You play to win the football game"
That first quarter playcall was great - misdirection, wide variety of movement and carriers. It felt like a completely different offensive staff.
I guess they went for beers to celebrate after the first quarter.
We needed to change some things up on first down much earlier. We settled on 14 points when 21 would have clinched the game with the way our defense was playing and Shaw was missing people. I like the gimmicky approach. We should have tried to run some more out of it.
Overall I understand the play calling given the circumstances. But this was our last shot to be bowl eligible. You give them the kitchen sink, the bathtub, the cabinet, and the towel rack. All of it. We didn't and we lost.
The screen pass went for 15 yards or more both times we ran it. Only did it twice.
The WR screen worked ok when we ran it, we got away from that too.
The jet sweep I don't think we ran in the second half but maybe once.
No read option (which I get because we couldn't risk another QB going down).
But the thing that bothered me the most was this:
We were willing to let burton throw to Leon Orr on a gadget play but not in a play action pass situation in our actual offense to real receivers? Can someone rationalize that for me?
We found weakness on tape and exploited it until they adjusted. Then we kept doing the same thing despite their adjustments.
Our god-awful offensive recruiting is why this strategy is our best option.
Watching Mornhinweg pass, I can't blame the strategy. He's accurate, but it takes an hour to get there.