This was the first runner-up. I broke it all down here: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2015-national-championship/2015/01/48850/film-study-how-two-big-throws-from-cardale-jones-ignited-the-osu
Yeah, Grant baited him by simply doing his job, covering the short, outside zone to the flat (where Fowler was headed). The question is who Sims thought was covering that inside hook where Miller was dropping, since he didn't see 88.
This was in contention to make the list as well, but you can't usually count on guys running through open field tackles when calling a play, which is what made it ultimately so successful.
Yeah, since it was first & 10 with the lead, it was hard to include on the list given the lack of pressure that the play-caller was under, compared to the others. Successful plays on first down are almost always because of the execution of the called play, not necessarily the play itself.
A common misconception about the toss sweep is that you need to be fast for it to work. The goal of getting those big bodies outside is to put them on smaller players that can't get off a block, and let a bruising runner like Smith or Green run through arm tackles.
One such example is Eddie Lacy in Green Bay, who were killing people with the old Buck Sweep last season. Lacy ran a 4.6 at the combine, but oddly enough, the guy they compared Lacy to coming out of college? Frank Gore, who was of course last seen carrying the ball for...
The real key to the sweep isn't the back or even the pulling guard or fullback, but really the guys that stay home and block down, keeping those DL and LBs from flowing outside to the ball. If it's a guard, fullback, and RB vs a OLB, CB, and S in the open field, the offense will take that matchup 10 times out of 10.
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.