I do want to clarify here, Ash isn't the sole reason OSU has an effective pass rush. Luke Fickell deserves a ton of credit for making that front 7 so successful before, and keeping it at a high level. Larry Johnson certainly deserved credit for the line's play last year, but Luke should get praised here. He has far too long been the whipping boy for fans, and thought of as a recruiter first. In truth, the guy can clearly coach and develop front 7 talent.
Very true. Oregon is very much a horizontal-attacking team and although they did connect on the deep ball to start the second half, they don't attack as much downfield like that with outside WRs. All I'm saying is the corner blitz isn't anywhere near as common as it was in years prior, when you'd see it 4 or 5 times per game.
Using the 3-3-5 as a base defense (like RR does) has very little in common philosophically with the way OSU uses it. For RR, the approach is really a way to get 7 or 8 defenders in the box against the run, with both Strong Safeties playing close to the line. But OSU uses it only in passing situations, with 5 true DBs on the field, and the other 6 players focused on getting pressure. Their use of the formation is strictly to swap out a DT for another LB, giving more flexibility.
Ash doesn't seem as willing to sacrifice his corners' coverage ability the way OSU has in the past. Too often, those blitzes left the outside WR in a one-on-one situation with a safety, which isn't something they want. The Orange Bowl was the nail in the corner blitz's coffin, I do believe.
I've seen the same thing many times before, without much explanation as well. The only assumption I can make is that the "9 technique" would be outside the last man if a team used two tight ends or a TE and a wing to one side, perhaps with an outside linebacker. Some of you may recall Jason Babin of the Eagles making the 'wide 9' alignment a talking point for NFL pundits 4 years ago or so, but all he did was slide outside an extra yard or so, which set up the offensive tackle further outside initially, allowing a seedy pass rusher more room to spin or rip to the inside.
Either way, it's all semantics.
Correct, I thought the pop passes in question were downfield
Close, but most consider a wham block to be between the tackles, where as Spencer's block was a crack-block. The concept is basically the same though, just given a different name.
With the cushion for linemen to get 3 yards downfield in college, vs 1 yard in the NFL, few refs ever throw the flag on it outside of blatant screen passes that take 4 seconds to develop before the throw. This does however also lead many fans to believe that any lineman past the LOS is illegal.
There's roughly a 300% chance we see two 'H's on the field together this fall, either with 10 personnel (1 RB, 0 TEs) or as an empty package with Vannett lined up as a TE or in the backfield just behind the guard. OSU can still run or pass out of either look fairly easily while still running basic schemes, but still forcing the defense to check and adjust.
I'd also expect a lot of run-pass-options from those looks, packaging a jet sweep with a screen.
This is a great question, as I was hesitant to point out that the player Braxton should look at the most is Denard Robinson. Denard was a run-first QB whose athleticism allowed him to play at the next level. I don't think Hoke and Al Borges did him a ton of favors by putting him in the I-formation (although he is getting carries there in JAX), but they were smart enough to get him the ball on screens and sweeps, and then as a decoy, knowing all 11 guys on D would be paying attention to him any time he's on the field.
Overall, the plan will likely *start* pretty simply. Luckily for Braxton, he'll get a whole season to grow into the role, while Denard only had a few games after already getting beat up at QB.
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.