Great job as always Kyle. Gotta agree 100% that the FAU game plan was as much about showing UC and B1G how much more they have to prep for (Pro Sets, Man/Duo/Zone Blk Schemes/Rams Passing Concepts). Not sure how much Mesh they ran (Kyle?) Additionally keeping reads as simple as possible for Justin so he could establish confidence. Going forward I think they will introduce OSU (Cowboy) downfield concepts, getting RB's in to the passing game, Playmaker Screens, etc. to compliment what we saw. Just the beginning.
Also, if he's gonna take reps from Banks, Williamson, and Johnson, here's hoping he'll step into more of a leadership role and demand to cover the other teams best in crunch time. Leaving Wade to cover PU's Moore, PSU's Hamler, etc. when they were kill'in it and you covered the slot in previous years, needs to not be in you if you want that top round NFL grade. Watched Ward accept/welcome the challenge of covering Antonio Brown in Game 1 of his NFL career. Never running away from the challenge. Here's hoping DA3 adopts that mindset in his last season.
Wishing nothing but the best for DA. Just hope that Hafley's mentorship will re-enforce a bit more reality in him (Like CC did). That talent, starting cb spot and swag alone doesn't make you a Top round pick. I hope consistency means more film study and honing his craft. Things that were clearly lacking in seasons before. Hoping for the best, he definitely has the opp to be good.
Agreed. True we need to beat Clemson. It's harder than playing Bama as UFM built tOSU to beat Bama. But Dabo built Clemson to be a better version of tOSU. They rely on outside speed (same as Bucks) but get it from taller, longer ATH's. Power inside (Which OSU had but has disappeared in favor of speed) Tash Boyd was a prototype Urban QB, now Trevor Lawrence helms. Dabo did what UFM would never have done by replacing Bryant. (for all his Bible thumping he's quite a ruthless competitor, a la Saban and not at all like UFM, who keeps it classy on game day) So Day has a chance, we have the ATH's to compete, just need to develop the Mamba mentality again (Had it in '14)
I'd lean toward giving Day a lot of credit for re-imagining the Defense. Elevating LJ to AC ensures that the focus remains on the front four and the Shiano NFL "I'm scheming my players out of the play so you don't have to" concepts are minimized (front four running games to free up undersized, slow LBs OR having your best pass rusher constantly come up field to take away jet sweeps, etc. only to see he get too deep, allowing the QB to duck under and get out of pocket), Mattison brings ichigan D concepts (which can be cherry picked to take advantage of Brown's Blitz and base D concepts) while Hafley brings overall NFL schemes that don't expose the back seven to scrambling 3rd down QBs and Safeties that don't know how (or are not required to) press the hole on run support. Washington brings improved LB awareness, read and react, clear assignment football and the end of the dredded "Rugby" tackle in the hole (PLEASE!) Hopefully Day has Clemson in his sights and the odd pieces mean a focus on improving each position group. Now if he can address the O line...
Unfortunately Fields is a black QB in the South, sure he's heard the N word shouted at him A LOT! So that being said, Large part of this is in how Smart recruits, i.e. the Saban method. Meaning if I take you away from another team, then I ensure my dominance. Doesn't matter if I have any intention of playing you. Fields doesn't fit the Dawgs offensive scheme. I watched a few UGA games and a large portion of his snaps were just hand-offs, no subpackages, special plays, just burning his redshirt. Not sure how I would feel if my freshman year was used up - being a running QB in a Pro Style attack. If he's passing in those games, don't think we're at this moment.
And remember, JT was the QB when he last looked at tOSU, now he's seen what Day's scheme can be. Which fits his skillset far more than UGA's "Bama" lite. His friendship with Simba and a shared QB Guru, means he knows EXACTLY what he's getting into. Bottomline, they all want to play on Sundays, let him come and Tate, Baldwin and he can battle it out.
I think if we put the 2018 Defensive Unit under a microscope, it starts with the fact Shiano WAS gone. So, UFM,Grinch (along with everyone else) assumed that '18 would be without Shiano. Then Shiano comes back with this High Risk/High Reward scheme that's more of a Vernables/BC hybrid, seeking to disguise fronts and blitzers while leaving the front four to simply rush the passer. (It seemed to rely heavily on Bosa/Young drawing dbl teams/chips, allowing the LB's to scrape close to the line. No Bosa, nuff said. This demands agressive/technique driven LBs and more longer/physical/risk taking Dbs (Clemson lives on that feast or famine approach) tOSU's defense is built on speed, not strength and agressiveness. BIG change.
The LBs/S are evidence of this mismatch. Most of the time unaware of what their responsibility is at any given play. 12 games in, no starting player should be confused pre-snap at his job. For example: NW second Goal line TD at 8:10 mark in third quarter NW goes 2 TE's 1 FB (as Wingback) https://youtu.be/sduTHSEeVsY?t=1766 The 2nd TE comes in motion and Fuller came down into the box, mere feet off Werner's hip (effectivily taking away his field contain ability) On the snap, he read pass and took the 1st TE, who slanted inside, his job to pick whoever was in coverage of the 2nd TE. He had no one to pick as NOBODY picked up the motion TE! If they were playing Man, then as the 2nd TE went in motion SOMEBODY should have followed him across the formation. Somebody should have noticed this. No one moved/shifted to react to the now balanced formation. (except Fuller) Unless some of them thought they were in zone. (The DE, Cooper actually ran out after the snap, upon seeing the TE alone in the flat) How that's a technique at the goal line anyone would use, (DE in man on a TE in the flat) I'm not sure. One things for sure, that's not a misread or blown coverage - 11 guys thought they were playing that correct. That's on Shiano. (And considering he had Cooper out in coverage many times throughout the game - One might be correct in thinking HE did think his DE should play the TE in Man coverage on the goal line) Cooper's a fabulous athlete, but that's just scary.
That he would ask a DE to get in a rush stance with shortened splits, then think he can avoid a pick, get out on a pass catching TE, whose in motion heading for the flat (with zero safety help) and break up a pass is proof enough. Even Don Brown thinks that's risky.
Shaino's concepts need to evolve. Not bad, just everyone has caught on to what we're doing pre snap. This explains the struggles against Penn State/Michigan. Discount Baker Mayfield (McSorley) wasn't superior, he just read the D pre snap and made it a game of him versus the Bucks LBs. Insert Darron Lee (even Baker), game goes WAY different.
Big Plays happen against all CF Defenses (including Bama). Nature of the beast. Difference is Schaino approach (like Mich St.) seems to be mostly scheme based. Bucks use of a simple 4-3 Press man scheme that relies on talent reacting without having to process information. I.E. Superior athletes beat average schemes/athletes. This is in contrast to Alabama/Clemson who use sophisticated concepts along with Superior Athletes. Difficulty in those systems is 2 out 3 players are never going to excel in those systems. Their answer - over recruit. Four years ago we could not adopt that strategy as we were maybe 4 star at 1 deep. Now we are 4 star @ least 3 deep on the roster.
Pryor can grow into the position. He has the tools. But he's thinking, hesitating.The second problem is that the LBs are doing the same. With exception of Booker, Harrison and Tuf, the rest are consistently hesitating before getting into their drops or trusting keys. Eye discipline is way more of a problem. More Reps against 1st team O? maybe. Playing veteran Booker more on passing downs may stabilize things. I know he lacks the upside of Werner or Harrison talent wise, but we need consistence now.
Lastly, Bucks D is concentrated on our front four moving QB off his first read. As we saw in USC game, 3 step slant is always there if Db loses contain and D line doesn't get hands up. Especially if LBs don't get depth. Quick Fix: Several players are out of position. Arnette Jr. is a slot Corner (Where he projects in NFL). Wade/Ok should stay outside (why was Wade inside on Hamil?). If we are going to play Werner, he needs to become a true Viper back like Hudson in TTUN or least until he bulks up. Scheme him to get penetration and move around the formation (putting in show press on slot occasionally), instead of normal read and react where lineman can get clean shots at him. In the end, Shaino's concepts aren't bad, it's just that other teams catch up. They need to simply evolve. As always GO BUCKS!
First Dabo is a tool. Phony Christian cut in the Saban mold (not the good one). Absolutely believe he neg recruited the kid. But the kids mindset is what's in play here. Go to OSU, compete for starting job immediately. OR Clemson, 3 deep full of Sophs, Jrs and Grs. Does he want to play now? Also, someone suggested he might want to go to a more winning program, than why not solid commit to Tigers, Tide from start then? Don't know his heart, but if he wanted to play early, OSU was the call. Hands down.
Meyer has flipped the switch on the prog. First years he grinded to get SEC competitive talent on the 2 deep. After '13, he has the talent, but many don't have the fire (see Worley/Webb/Prince/Dunn). Which is what made the '13/'14 teams so good, they had a mix of blue chip talent and 3/4 star grinders who couldn't dream of NFL, had to play for now. I think his mindset about Jones, Carmen is that he wants guys who wants to compete from DAY ONE (see Dobbins). Look at how much more critical he is of certain players work ethic now (Knox) Who if he would have grinded like he did this season, would have been a starter long ago. He wants guys who will push Victor, Bowen, Prince, Haskins, etc. because he knows that the greatest competition teams like Alabama face is in practice, which keeps their edge, year after year.
UFM has said it a few times, they've missed on a few guys they thought would be sure fire producers. Main reason they're not in CFP. Alabama (and now Clemson) can afford to miss. UFM is trying to get roster there. Good luck Carmen, you weren't the right fit.