Nothing definitive, but Haubeil really was not putting the ball where it needed to be for the kick coverage to work properly. Ideally, the ball is supposed to be kicked between the numbers and the sideline. He was placing it too far towards the middle of the field, and had been for a few games. They probably just wanted to see if the walk on could do better (and he overcompensated by drilling it out of bounds).
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To be fair, there were hundreds of people who yelled much less reasonable things as they passed by, they just wouldn't take the time to talk to me more in depth about it.
Nice of you to stop by! It was nice to meet you too.
I told you where we'd be after the game. Come talk.
There were plenty of people who walked past and yelled something like "J.T. Barrett sucks!" but very few people who actually took the time to speak to me were in favor of benching Barrett. That kind of surprised me, actually.
And we are officially full!
I have room for one more person. The draft is tonight at 8 p.m.
I can't tell you why he waits till halftime, but someone who worked with the cornerbacks told me during the first quarter of Thursday's game that he expected adjustments at the half. He said Schiano is incredible at halftime adjustments, that he's incredibly detailed and it's amazing to see how the team executes the adjustments in the second half. He mentioned last season's Wisconsin game in particular, and he was spot on. But again, I don't know why he waits until halftime.
It varies from route to route. You will see players turn to find the ball on deeper, longer passes if they know the ball is in the air, but on a quicker timing route like a fade, they won't. But it's not really about speed, it's just about maximizing your ability to defend the pass and not lose your man on a head fake.
It depends on what you consider "better." Baker Mayfield is not throwing a back shoulder fade better than Richard Lagow did on Thursday night. However, he is much more elusive in the pocket, is a threat to scramble on a busted play and might have a bigger arm. But he's not going to place balls, have better timing or make presnap reads better than Lagow did at the first half of Thursday night's game.
See my comment above. Lots of people seem to have this concern.
They're actually playing how they were taught. They don't stick their arms up, they don't turn around and play the ball. They play the man and attack the ball as it comes, through the receiver's chest and up to his hands. The idea is that there's less margin for error. If you turn around and find the ball, and miss the ball or are in poor position to make a play, you're screwed. It also relies purely on your height and vertical jumping ability, and against a bigger or more athletic receiver, that's not a great thing.
But if you play it through the receivers chest and up to his hands, you can still make the play even if:
A) Your timing is off, because you're covering the entire process of the catch and not just the high point of the ball
B) The receiver is taller/can jump higher, because you're attacking the place where he's going to bring the ball down to (his chest area) after he makes the catch as opposed to the high point of the ball. That's why you'll see a lot of passes knocked out of a receiver's hands after he appears to make the catch (you saw Denzel Ward do this a few times – both successfully and unsuccessfully)
So no, that's not going to change next week. But also, it's not poor technique.
You're correct, that's essentially what is tought. Play the man, then play through his chest up to the ball as the pass comes, as opposed to high-pointing the ball. It actually works a lot better when you're at a size disadvantage as it's basically attacking the ball after the catch is made, or almost bade.
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