I thought Apple played really well acting as the force player on the edge. He hasn't had to play that role often, but with the shifting of the OSU LBs, he basically had to play the role of the WILL on numerous occasions. I think he set a career high with 7 tackles as a result.
Still hard to say he played better than any of those other guys though. Definitely a unit-wide award this week.
Good catch. Too much excitement equals occasional brain farts.
That's a really strong breakdown. I hadn't noticed it in the Wisconsin game, but you're right, this one has been in the playbook for awhile.
You're dead on with how slim the margin of error is on pretty much every play, and that's why I try to frame these articles as more than "LOOK HOW FAST EZEKIEL IS!" or "BOOM GOES EVAN SPENCER"
The only thing I'd add to your comment though is that I don't think the LB played it that poorly. Had you shown that frame of him standing as the only guy in the hole, I'm pretty sure any LB coach in the land would take it. Unfortunately for him, the CB should've been calling out the crack block, alerting Hamilton to Spencer coming his way. Had he known, you'd imagine that a linebacker should be able to at least absorb the contact and create a stalemate, which likely clogs the hole for Elliott.
No, without that blocking it's not the Inverted Veer, it's a different play all together. However, the Power blocking scheme is installed on day 1, and every offensive linemen in the country could probably execute it in their sleep.
To be honest, it takes more practice to properly install outside zone blocking than Power, simply because there are so many "what ifs" with that concept.
Yes, normally a technique like this would be called at the line, but with Alabama in the Bear front so much that night, it likely was something the coaches knew would happen.
As for who would make the call, it would be on Price to declare that he can or can't make the reach block, alerting Decker to swap responsibilities.
Yes, you're correct in terms of where the QB is making his read, except there is a different blocking scheme in the Inverted Veer. It's actually blocked just like the "Power O" or "Dave" play as it was known under Tressel, where the play side blockers will block down (inside) and the backside guard pulls to lead through the hole. For this reason, a lot of coaches actually call it "Power Read" instead, just to make it simpler for their players to understand. Read more here: http://smartfootball.com/run-game/what-is-the-inverted-veer-dash-read#sthash.JzCrhP7x.dpbs
The biggest difference is that Rip/Liz is based around having one deep safety in the middle of the field instead of the two you see with Cover 4. Alabama can have eight guys near the line at the snap to help stop the run, as opposed to seven if you have two deep safeties. This helps against the run and allows a stud center field player to close off the middle, but puts a ton of pressure on the corners.
That's why adding the option to the jet motion is so critical. By no means am I saying DePriest is a bad player, far from it. However, he's gotten in trouble when he's guessed the QB's read incorrectly, as he isn't quick enough to recover and make a play on the ball carrier.
By rule, it's an ejection. Until the current group of elementary/middle schoolers that have grown up leading with their shoulders like a rugby tackle (instead of leading with their head) gets to college or the NFL, we'll be having the same debate.
Easiest way to not get that penalty is to make first contact with your shoulder pad, not your face mask. The QB gets hit lower, neither player risks head injury, and Ray plays the rest of the game. Make all the arguments about "I was taught this way or that way" but the facts remain the same.
Alabama scored on their opening drive of the game, as well as the play in which Ray was ejected, which you are correct. In between, though, were two three-and-outs which included a Ray sack and a pair of Sims fumbles, one of which was directly caused by the Mizzou D-Line penetrating in the backfield.
I should've worded that phrase better though, because I didn't mean to imply that Sims was bad in the title game. Instead, what I meant was when he's struggled this year overall, it's been when facing pressure. Arkansas and LSU specifically caused him some problems, and Florida did at times too.
Missouri's game plan seemed based around Ray leading the charge on that pressure, and when he was ejected, their game plan took a big blow.
Haha to be fair, it's the outside number on the chest, not shoulder. Basically they want to get their hands inside on the defender so they can then swing their butt and feet around to the hole. It's not an ideal technique when drive blocking (as one does in the "Power" play), unless you are able to get that hand underneath the pads of the defender and maintain leverage. If your hands aren't on the defender at all though, you're in big trouble as a blocker.
I think OSU saw Wisco's scheme as a way to get Bosa in ideal situations where he'd win. They almost always run to the side of the tight end Traylor, so by putting Bosa over him and slanting the rest of the DL in that direction, it virtually guaranteed that Bosa would have a 1-on-1 with the TE. When guys like Grant, Washington, and Bennett are creating piles, it's so Bosa could make that play after easily beating a single player.
Bama isn't that predictable, and setting Joey up for success like that won't be anywhere near as easy.
Adolphus has been outstanding this year, even though Bosa and Bennett get most of the publicity. I hope most OSU fans recognize his contributions while he's still in Columbus.
Frazier had been dealing with some injuries throughout the year that really limited him, at least from what I understand. HAving him healthy will be huge for OSU in the Sugar Bowl.
I've watched it multiple times, and still am not sure if it was a designed give or not. There's so much other action that it makes me think it was not though, and if they did want it to go to EzE, they'd usually flip the direction of Vannett's block so he'd be kicking out the left end, with Decker blocking down and potentially sealing the OLB.
Having the safety line up in front of the LBs was a bit odd, but if he had sat there then Price or Boren would've left the combo blocks to take him on, creating the hole. Considering they only needed a yard, the chances Bolden comes over the top of all that to make a play in time is pretty slim, especially with all the action to the opposite side.
I believe Vannett had a bit of a read himself on the play, as he knew that if the DE stayed put, EzE would be getting the handoff, so his job became sealing the backside. If the DE plays EzE, Vannett knows EzE shouldn't have the ball anyway, so he just lets the DE chase a guy that doesn't have the ball and arc blocks around him.