I'm wondering if this is a catch 22, we need all 5 out in routes to try and stretch the defense since the WRs aren't consistently getting open and getting separation. This leaves no left to help. I would think they should have the TEs just chip on their release to help out Prince before releasing but we can't always have a TE aligned on the right.
Kyle, thanks for the article. I've always enjoyed reading them and you seem to have a knack of talking fans back off of the ledge after each offensive struggle.
One thing I've noticed throughout the year, but especially with the all go play you diagrammed above is that we have guys open deep but JT just doesn't seem to be able to find them. To me it looked like both Paris and Terry were open on that play with KJ partially open. Of all the throws that JT could have made on that play, the one he threw to Samuel was of the more difficult kind because he needed to get it out over the top of the trailing lb. What's even more interesting is that it appears that Paris is his first read. Did he just feel the pressure and come off it? Paris is even with the safety at the time.
He was out of position on a lot of plays. When JT had that long run, it was bc Peppers shifted back to safety and send the safety down into the box but out of position. He's an athletic freak, but a average defensive player.
I loved the switch with the 3rd down nickel package. It's all about match ups and I'm glad to see the defense adjusting to prevent favorable match ups with their #1 WR on our #4 CB.
I agree, I think he also led a 90 yard td drive too
No because Gibson doesn't know how to play the position either. He's a gifted athlete like the others...
Next drop, you're back to being a goat.
I thought GOAT meant Greatest of All Time...
I agree and was thinking the same thing. If we are going to be vanilla and run cover 1 all the time, let's at least put our best guy on their best guy. They ran the same play like 7 times and we stopped it like once. A safety and nickel back should never be asked to cover the best receiver on the opposing team.
I was hoping that he would go to Indiana/B1G. But I totally agree with you. I think that might have had something to do with it too. But either way best of luck to him!
Could someone embed it?
My guess is that he is still recovering. His injury was 5 weeks-ish after when Brown got hurt. Last year we saw the same thing with JT, injuries take time to recover.
Bingo. That was my exact thought when I saw it. Urban always shows something in the opener that he never uses again with the sole purpose of making opponents spend time on it, just in case.
For some reason I thought Harrison had a few tackles on that final drive.
On the d-line assessment - maybe, but i'm not ready to say they have looked bad either.
I was thinking the same thing. I was curious too.
I think they will run and use him very similarly to how Percy Harvin was used in Florida. What made Harvin special was that he could run between the tackles and line up in the slot. I have a feeling we will see that same play that Harvin ran where he would motion into the back field from the slot and then run a counter that hits in the weak side B gap.
The d-line is the key to this whole thing. If you think back to the pre-season going into 2014, we had arguably the best d-line going into the year, this was prior to Spence being kicked off the team. We don't have that kind of line right now. Do I think that Sprinkle and Hill will be serviceable? Sure, but we don't have a game changer up front yet and we need one. We all knew that the misses at DT were going to surface at some point and I think this is the year. However, as a fan there are a lot of bodies that we have no clue what they can do in game situations. There absolutely could be those dominant type players on the interior some where on the roster. I'm just eagerly waiting to see it and until then I will be cautiously optimistic going into the season.
The picture they used is actually a pretty bad photoshop job of a picture of him when he was with the 49ers. The center of the hat is off and crooked. Thank you for pointing that out.
My thoughts exactly.
I called and told my dad that our national title hopes ended when JT broke his ankle.
I was trying as well. The past few years there has been some random site that would stream it, but I can't remember for the life of me what the site was. Nor can I find the forum post from last year either.
I know that people keep saying that Pryor will be a linebacker in college but daaannngg he is impressing in these last few camps. His press technique was darn near perfect. I hope that he doesn't grow too much because he has the legit cover skills that Ohio State requires of their safeties.
I actually think losing to NW is a possibility. Young teams typically will play to the level of their opponent. Meaning that in big games you could expect us to play well as they will get amped, but not as excited to play lesser opponents and you know that Pat Fitzgerald will have is boys ready to play.
Not birm but wint can hit like no other. Players that get added late probably aren't going to get nudged out bc the staff has had plenty of time to evaluate
I take offense at the inaccuracy of icons placed over Fort Wayne, IN. Austin Mack is from there - going to Ohio State. Austin Robinson is from there and is going to MSU. Not every prospect that come out of Fort Wayne goes to ND!