The QB should read deep to short, so Post (1), Dig (2), strong-side Pivot (3), weak-side pivot (4).
You guys get it.
If there's stuff that isn't making sense, either from the way I write or simply by being too complicated, please let me know. My goal is for the regular fan to understand what's happening on the field, so if I ever get too bogged down in "coach-speak" just let me know.
Ash is calling the plays on D.
Fickell helps with the game planning, especially in the front 7, but when the game starts Ash is the one making the calls.
Yep, you've got it
It's just easier for the Safety to cover that inside area when they line up in a Cover 4 look. There's no specific advantage vs the regular cover 3 where the Safety covers the curl/flat, but by calling the Buzz scheme, they can appear to be running cover 4 before the snap. It's a fairly common adjustment for Cover 4 teams, and they learned their lesson from the UC game by playing a much safer coverage, just without declaring it before the snap.
Totally agree. I'm not sure about the weird black stripe across the thigh, but the whites they wore against Indiana were sharp, especially the helmet...
Rod Smith seems to be thriving as a blocking back now. Until Saturday night, his touches had really been limited, yet he saw quite a bit of playing time as a blocker for Wilson/Marshall/Barrett. He was on the field for most of the Va Tech game when OSU was throwing, so one would guess he's the first choice for the coaches.
On this particular play, Elliott had a tough assignment, as he had to come across the formation to pick up the furthest outside threat, which happened to be a blitzing DB. That's not an easy block for an back, so the fact that he was able to get a piece was extremely important. For most backs, the easiest blocks to pick up are actually head on blitzes from a linebacker, as they simply brace for collision and make sure they don't get bowled over. Coming at an angle is much more difficult.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for what the grad assistants and video guys put together for the coaches. They'll break down every position, every formation, every third down tendency, etc. They'll also include the same kinds of info for special teams, red zone, 2 minute drills, and so on, so the coaches have as much available info as possible to then create that week's gameplan.
It also brings up a bigger issue about resources, as OSU invests in more video guys like this, whereas schools like Purdue aren't. Vico wrote more about it a couple weeks ago: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/college-football/2014/09/40485/some-solutions-for-fixing-big-ten-football
Luckily there were only two games I had to watch...
Curtis Grant is way more athletic than Luc. Curtis' problem is hesitation and occasionally getting lost, but not from lack of ability. Though Luc can probably bench press more, I'd take Curtis seven days a week.
Haha thanks... Should be fixed now
Yes, I believe Farris should've stayed on the DE, allowing the pulling guard to take on the inside linebacker, with the blitzing outside backer getting optioned.
100% spot on