First off. Sorry it’s taken me so long to get this second half up and running. Working in the transportation business right before Christmas isn’t the most user friendly time of year if you’re trying to find a couple of hours to put these together. Couple that with family obligations, and let’s just say it’s been a little crazy.
1. Anyway, the first play of the second half, Kendall Thompson’s in for the injured Trevor Knight. We go downtown to Bester and get it picked. In this picture, Colt is circled in blue. Saunders is the probably your best option here as he has the most separation(right red circle). We could have probably checked down to Shep as well. Not sure I understand the play call though, first meaningful snap in a big game for Thompson, and we call a pass? Sometimes we seem like we outsmart ourselves. I realize they’d never suspect us to throw coming out with a backup, but who cares. Run the dang ball! Kendal’s the most dynamic runner at the qb position we have…
2. The refs in this game had a tough day. Bad calls for both teams, and it seemed like all day we couldn’t get a decent spot. They even reviewed this play and upheld it. Now I’ve never been to referee school, but come on! This is just ridiculous.
3. I like how they put their lone championship on the far right of the big wall like they expect they’re going to get more….how cute.
4. A couple of big mistakes happened on this play:
a. Either it was a called keep or a missed read. In my opinion, if you’re running the option, you can’t call pitches or gives. Let the guy read. If it was a true read, Kendal should have given it. Check the blue arrow. Two outside defenders, and neither are crashing hard. Give the stinkin ball!
b. Derek has to let those guys go outside of him and crash down onto the mike. If we give it to Clay and Derek blocks the mike backer it’s likely a big play since the safety’s heading outside.
4. (cont.) If Derek blocked that player right behind him closest to the blue line, Clay has a huge lane to run through and it’s probably a td if we give the ball and block it correctly.
5. Coming back after the punt, we go downtown on first down. Nice protection on the play. Kendal just overthrows it by a hair.
6. One of the things I used to love about watching Dan Marino, and now Peyton Manning is their pocket presence. Neither one of em could run out of sight in three days, but they’re both masters at finding the space in the pocket. They both understand the protection. Here, Kendal has to step up in the pocket and get behind Clay. Clay blocks the guy, and the blue arrow illustrates the path Kendal should have taken. If you’re going to take off, take off to the side of your guys. This is another reason I know we’re not counting defenders and looking for weak spots in the alignment…
6. (cont.) If we were, then Kendal wouldn’t roll to the side that puts you out of the frying pan and into the fire. He’s totally negated the leverage that all of his blockers have, and I’m sorry my man, but we can’t help you out there. Get up in here behind us and let us do work. Back behind Clay, they ain’t nobody home. Kendal most likely goes for the first down.
7. We’re really going to miss Jalen. I love the leadership right here. Chatting up his young qb making sure they’re on the same page coming off of the sideline.
7. (cont.) Very good protection for Kendal as he steps up and throws a strike to Brannon Green. Kendal looked really smooth and under control on this play.
7. (cont.) Tell me again why Brannon doesn’t get more balls thrown his way?
8. Here’s the double reverse: Just like backs do on counter plays, Jalen(bottom) takes a jab step towards the line of scrimmage to set up the timing. Shep just turns and goes, so that he’s a split second ahead of Jalen for the exchange.
8. (cont.) I was going to draw on this one, but it would have cluttered it up too much. What I need you guys to do is to look at all of the orange jerseys turned and running towards the bottom of the screen. Almost all of them are sucked inside that top hash…
8. (cont.) I’d like Derek to turn and block back down inside. All he’s doing by chasing that guy outside is cluttering up Jalen’s path. If Kendal hadn’t been there to make the block, then give Jalen space to make a move on the guy. Derek would have picked up someone working inside out. Big ups to Kendal making THE block that sprung Jalen.
8. (cont.) #52 who’s running on the “3″ in the 30 yard marker is most likely the guy that Derek would have blocked had he worked inside out. Then that would have given Jalen the ability to cut it back behind Ikard who’s hustling downfield to make a block…
Great hustle by Bronson on this play as well
9. This is just straight ahead iso against a perfect front for it. Heup coming up with the perfect play call. We just gotta execute it. Rip(blue) is leading on that top backer, and Nila(red) has got to make the block on the bottom backer. Nila has to understand that the linebacker is going to fill towards the play. Instead of stepping with his right foot, he needs to step with his left foot to get himself in position to make this block. If he does, then Brennan cuts off of his back and walks into the endzone untouched since there isn’t a safety there.
9. (cont.) We see in this picture how Nila understands that he’s missed while Rip has his guy locked up. Look at the alley if we block this correctly. Still ain’t nobody home. Come on man!
10. Very early on in this play, Ikard gets beat, and Bell has to get out on the run…
10. (cont.) He showed very surprising change of direction, and there are times that Bell just wows you.
10 (cont.) This is one of those times, because as he’s rolling to his left, he’s on the run and drops a dime in there with touch to Brannon Green…
10 (cont.) Great concentration by Brannon getting his feet down…
10 (cont.) But ya gotta secure the ball bro. Could have been called helmet to helmet there too.
11. Going against numbers, this is a great call coming back left. Only three defenders left and 8 back right.
11. (cont.) 3 on 3 to the left…The tight end in the pattern is Taylor McNamara
11. (cont.) Bothun with a great touch pass on the run, and MONEYcutt with the nice catch.
11. (cont.) Ball still secure as he’s going down after taking the big hit…
12. The man outside of Green top side is crossing his face down into the C gap. I know it’s a called give, because if it isn’t, then Bell isn’t giving it. He’s not giving it because the outside defender is completely turned and coming down hard. If it’s a read, it’s a pull all day…
12. (cont.) And if it’s a pull all day, it’s most likely a good play. Maybe Bob doesn’t want to get his qb’s hurt, but for the life of me I don’t understand by week 12, why we haven’t taken the cuffs off of the qbs in the read game. Sterling’s most likely going to make that block to the top right, and while Bell isn’t a speedster, he’s been durable over the last couple of years. Turn em loose coach!