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With the talent he inherited, I'm not sure what Fisch could be doing on offense that's any better
But that said, I don’t think the coaching is doing them any favors. They’re trying to run a mish-mash of NFL stuff that they don’t have anywhere close to the talent to execute. You see something similar on defense, where this scheme is a bit too complex to really work with this level of talent, but there’s a lot more surprises being engineered on that side of the ball – I think that comes down to differences in the quality of the offensive and defensive playcallers.
So I would say about 80% of where Arizona is at is on the previous staff just completely cratering their talent pool, but the last 20% is on the current staff for being unrealistic about what they can execute. Stony Brook’s roster is made up of low 3-stars, 2-stars, and walk-ons, and simply from having fewer scholarships you have to say their talent level is lower than Arizona’s. But their coaching staff has been in place for 15 years – they know what they’re getting with their talent, and have been fitting their schemes to that talent in a planned, smooth way for a long time. Nobody on the Seawolves is as accomplished or as tricky of a coach as DC Brown for Arizona, but that familiarity and experience goes a long way. Brown is clearly accustomed to Michigan-level players, Fisch is clearly accustomed to NFL-level players.
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Fun fact: the full broadcast of NAU-UA has never legally been shown outside the state of Arizona
Obviously the damage it did to the sport had to be contained, but no such restrictions can keep your intrepid film reviewer from acquiring and charting the tape.
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I understand what you're saying, and I would agree it's a keep read if I thought the DB was moving down the line, but I just really think he's not at all
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The read is the DB, that's the unblocked man
The DE is being blocked by the RG, I don’t know why you’d think he’s the read.
Here’s the moment when the QB has to make the decision:
The DB has outside leverage, he is in a position to make the TFL on the QB if he keeps. The read rules are that you default to handoff unless the read man cannot tackle you because he’s bit inside, and the DB has definitely not done that.
Just because there’s a possible scenario in which the QB could make an athletic move and juke the DB who has outside leverage doesn’t mean that it would be the correct read to keep the ball, that would be banking on a low-probability event. Whereas handing off, given the back’s pathing out of the pistol, is a near-guaranteed first down.
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The Pac-12 Network has changed its in-game graphics package
I think the new wipes are handsome, but they’ve started playing them over the beginning second of a replay, such that if I cut them out entirely — as I have preferred to do in the past — we’re losing too much of the play. So I’ve kept them in, and then the close wipe when they resume live footage as balance where appropriate (sometimes they let the after-play action run long, showing celebrations and such, which I always cut out because I’m not making pump-up or highlight videos). I hope the change isn’t too jarring for the reader.
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The Seawolves have landed!
Land, sea, and air – a triple threat, just like the duck.
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Not yet a red flag, too many extenuating circumstances
Out two starting DBs against Fresno St, facing two (maybe more) first round draft picks against Ohio St. In both games the rush defense didn’t let the opponent have anything and the opponent was behind for most of the game, so of course they’re going to throw it more. Stanford in a couple of weeks should be a much better measuring stick.
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There's one play that's a real miss, the receiver runs right past him. It was pretty bad, but
The rest of the game he was fine. I’ve got three plays on my tally sheet where he’s the dude making the play. Let me know if you don’t believe me and I’ll clip them out for you later today.
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Brown graded out pretty well, I think as long as they can play Sewell and Brown they'll be fine
There’s a couple of reps where he gets beat in midfield passing coverage, but I saw that with Flowe too so it’s not like there’s a new problem he introduces. The issue is going to be having a full and high quality rotation, which is going to be a struggle for a while.
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Strategically - cover-2 zone, limit explosive plays
Tactically – cloud the read as long as possible and shift your structure post-snap to make it harder for a clean read, and then tackle soundly in space when something does get through.
The biggest tactical mistake in the first part of an RPO play that OSU’s unblocked defenders were making was guessing confidently and running right at who they thought the ballcarrier was. Oregon fans from Chip Kelly’s day can tell you why that doesn’t work against a read-option offense. You need to kind of wiggle on up to the mesh so that the QB doesn’t get a clean this-or-that until it’s too late. The other big tactical mistake after it broke through was poor tackling in space, which I tried to document Ohio St’s DBs doing last Friday and in this article.
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Ohio St fans on reddit had some great insights last week
I think they nailed it on question 4, they all told me Smith-Njigba was due for a big breakout game (apparently every team gets one when they play the Ducks). But I think they bought the team’s PR on question 6, I still doubt this is the best offensive line configuration Ohio St has access to.
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Tough to make a score prediction because there's so much uncertainty about both teams' defensive personnel
I think something like 38-25 is the average of all possibilities, but if one team gets all its defensive starters in place and the other gets none, it could really tip the balance.
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Agree with everything except the nickel play
Happle and B Williams both graded out pretty well for me, and I’ve been pretty clear about what I think of their relative strengths so that was a surprise. There’s one really bad play where Happle is on the wrong side of the field while they’re still getting lined up at the snap, but I don’t think that’s on him, I think that’s on the operations stuff Cristobal mentioned in his post-game presser.
Otherwise yes to all of this, I’m disappointed Jones isn’t better by now, really pleasantly surprised by Jaramillo and think he should be the full-time starter, I don’t understand what Webb is doing, I want to see more of the super talented skill players, and was really, really happy that the defensive line rotation is as robust as it is.
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Zone is DeRuyter
You’re just not going to see as much man, he feels like zone creates more turnover opportunities and limits big plays and that’s worth giving up some underneath stuff.
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Jones looked good
He’s a little taller than you like as a true nose, but Oregon was mostly playing a two-down front on Saturday and shaded off the center his length is great.