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Comment 29 Nov 2016

There seemed to me to be quite a few chances in this game where a bubble or flash screen would have been effective, but weren't thrown. I thought that those screens used to be an almost automatic check on most downs if the defense wasn't covering each receiver.

For example, on this play that ended up being a completion to Brown why wasn't a quick screen thrown to one the three receivers?

Comment 03 Nov 2016

Honestly, I think this seems more likely to happen in the Big Ten. Some combination of Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State end up the top 2-4 teams in the conference then a 3 or 4 loss Nebraska or Wisconsin upset the East Champ in the conference championship game.

Under the Big 12 set up, the only way a 4-loss Texas Tech upsets an unbeaten Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship is if 12-0 Oklahoma is #1 in the conference, 8-4 Texas Tech is #2 and every other team in the conference has 4 or more losses. Under this format, last years Big 12 Championship game would have been 11-1 Oklahoma v 10-2 Oklahoma State

Comment 04 Oct 2016

These plays may have been designed end-arounds. It looks like they could be run as reads though, similar to a run-pass-option but the "pass" option being the pitch to the receiver in motion. Another way to use Barrett's great decision making skills without making him the runner.

Comment 02 Mar 2016

I don't know if scouts put more stock in one or the other, but prospects typically look better at their pro days than at the combine. Times are normally faster. Quarterbacks typically look better as they're throwing in an environment they're used to, typically to receivers they are comfortable with.

Comment 03 Dec 2015

There are so many good things happening on this play.

1) The work by Bosa, described in the article.

2) Tommy Schutt pushing the center back and to the playside, forcing the runner to cut back and keeping the pulling guard from getting up to Perry.

3) Raekwon beating the block of the left-guard and waiting in the hole with Lee and Perry to take down the RB.

Comment 23 Nov 2015

In our last two losses, the inability to adjust is glaring. 

Not defending the performance of the offense in this game as it was one of the most painful-to-watch games I can remember.

A little perspective on the about quote though:

In between our last 2 losses were 23 consecutive wins with an average score of 41-18

Comment 18 Oct 2015

Anyone's opinion on how uniforms/clothing looks is purely subjective. I am one who thinks the main uniform should never be drastically changed but like the idea of an alternate uniform1 week a season. I haven't liked all of the alternates and was unsure about the idea of the all black but I thought the team and stadium looked awesome last night.

Comment 14 Oct 2015

I keep seeing a link for "The Worlds 10 Most Beautiful Women" with a picture of Sloan from Entourage and haven't minded one bit.

Comment 12 Oct 2015

The reason he would leave Houston for Maryland is simple. Because of conference affiliation an undefeated Maryland team is a virtual lock to be in the playoff, while the same can't be said for Houston.

Comment 08 Oct 2015

I really enjoy the Film Study articles Kyle does, and any X & O's articles are great.

What NorCal, I believe, was referring to was breakdowns like this:

Michigan St

Then there were also the Film Study articles as well.

Michigan St

These 2 articles together were great at showing what happened on the field the previous week.

Comment 06 Oct 2015

According to CBSSports.com Jalin Marshall has touched the ball 115 times since the beginning of last season and fumbled the ball 5 times. That means he fumbles on 4.3% of his touches, which didn't seem like a lot to me.

For comparison though, Zeke has touched the ball 414 times since the beginning of last season and fumbled 4 times which is 0.97% of his touches.

Comment 01 Oct 2015

A simple but effective rule for reading run/pass is the "hi-hat/lo-hat" rule.

Attacking LB’s and overhang players with RPO’s (Run/Pass Option) is a big part of IU’s offensive scheme.

Couldn't RPO's make the "hi-hat/lo-hat" rule ineffective? Offensive line run blocks, slot receiver runs a route and the QB reads the safety.

Comment 01 Oct 2015

It sounds like Indiana's offense is going to be pretty much the same thing that our defense sees in practice every day.

Shotgun and Pistol formations, 11 personnel, inside zone, buck sweep, flash and bubble screens as constraint, RPOs, deep shots off playaction... sounds like the Buckeye offense of the last couple years to me.

Comment 29 Sep 2015

Something additional I noticed on both of these plays is that the left guard slides over to the right side of the line in pass protection. Is this to make the linebackers hesitate or come up to play the run, even though nothing the QB or RB is doing sells the playaction?

Comment 24 Sep 2015

This exactly. As Kyle explained in his last Film Study, mental mistakes are really killing any offensive momentum. Multiple bad snaps by the center, or a good snap that is mishandled/fumbled by the QB, have thrown off the timing of plays. Illegal motion, holding, and false start penalties have negated positive plays or put the offense behind the chains seemingly every drive. QBs have missed open receivers, everyone is missing blocks, receivers are running routes short of the first down.

Mental mistakes of all kinds, from every position, are what is slowing this offense right now.