The problem is that is the most basic zone blitz. Everyone team runs that zone blitz. In fact its called the "NCAA zone blitz" for that reason. Similarly, that is a basic twist. The lack of communication with the OL is def a problem.
Yea we shall see. Part of the problem with competition for spots on the oline. On the one hand you want to find your best five. On the other hand the more reps you can get with the same five, the better you will be.
I was disappointed in not finishing drives by shooting themselves in the foot. But I otherwise think they performed as expected. This is the type of game that is a tough one to open up with. But they will be much improved by getting through it.
Yes the way I've put it is that OSU will look more like a stereotypical spread team this year rather then the inside/outside power rushing hybrid from the last two years. So you will see more screens, jet sweeps, speed options, etc. That will be then be combined with tight zone and power read.
I'm sure they will take their shots, particularly off play-action. But you can use these type of plays far more frequently.
It's a question of trade-offs. Who would you have rather had with the ball in his hands last year then Braxton Miller or Hyde?
Great analysis by all. As people said, it by design. The crack back block is made possible by the split back look. Normally the Y arc releases and blocks the first defender to show in the alley. But because that responsibility is given to Hyde, Heuerman can crack back.
The play is set up for Miller to ideally keep and create the vertical alley.
Good catch. He's reading the outside linebacker because IU is running a front side scrape exchange to try and defend the play. The DE and OLB trade responsibilities to try and confuse the read.
As I wrote about a couple weeks ago, playing press man coverage does take away some of the effectiveness of packaged plays, because a man defender should execute his man responsibilities no matter what the offense does. But that obviously opens up other opportunities -- you should have better numbers in the box to run against, and you can attack downfield. So the package play also becomes less necessary.