Unfortunately, that was just a simple, yet great halftime adjustment from Oregon. The Buckeyes had been playing a lot of 3-deep coverage in the first half, so Oregon called for a deep passing play with four vertical routes, three of which came from the right side of the formation. 4>3 so it was up to Mariota to find the open guy, which he obviously did easily. Needless to say, OSU went away from Cover-3 on early downs for awhile thereafter.
This was absolutely the case with Grant and McMillan, and seems to be taking over the thread with the Erick Smith comments. He could very well be a good player someday, and Powell isn't perfect, but he's a guy that this team can depend on based on his play in the back half of the year.
He played with a LOT more confidence, which speaks to Ash's philosophy. Clearly simplifying the scheme paid dividends for him, giving him the extra edge that showed up in the title game.
Yes, adding in the screens and check-downs aren't something you can add in on the fly with a young team like that. Unlike when you and I play Madden, real coaches are constrained by what they've practiced all week in their limited time to prepare. With their backs against the wall, they'll often go the other way and call plays they've run a dozen times, as the team on the field is more comfortable and more likely to execute properly.
I think that's the same question I still have. I'd imagine that tight zone will always be the first play installed in Meyer's offense, but it remains to be seen how often it gets called once the games start in the fall. Elliott's style fits well with the tight zone, as he's physical enough to run through arm tackles and handle the contact inside. But, he's also quick enough to get to the edge, as the run against Alabama showed. It's a waste not to get him out there at least on occasion.
You guys are 100% on point here
If people are interested in reading about all the special teams, I'm happy to break them down.
That's a really good call. It would take crazy precision from that kicker and a return team that really falls asleep, but there is enough speed on the edge of that line with Samuel, Conley, and Bell.
Stevens is one hell of a coach, and you can see why in this breakdown of that 'stack' play that ET used over and over in the 4th to kill Brooklyn. I'd love to see him stay in the NBA and as far away from the Indiana job as possible...
I'm not aware of any names for the punt team, but I'm happy to break them down in the future if there is any interest. Honestly, the sample size isn't huge to work from though, since Cam Johnston rarely seems to take the field.
Though it was called back due to a hold, Oregon broke a long return in the national championship thanks to a kick that missed to the middle. If you miss left, the amount of damage that can be done is strictly limited to 35 yards. Missing right can result in 6 points. Clearly one is better than the other.
Regardless of any communication issues that may have taken place, throwing with his lead foot behind his plant foot isn't something he should repeat. The focus is less on the result and more on the process.
Good catch. In my mind i've melded the two together to feature Jamar Butler holding a championship trophy while Joakim Noah stands nearby...
Nor would OSU. Amir/Trey/Loving etc all set screens just like the ones seen above, as do 99% of screeners.
It's similar to the idea that there is holding on every running play in football - It has to be pretty egregious to get called.