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I know , I know, its been 24 hours and I'm supposed to be focused on A&M. But I got so tired of the comments from people at work today (mostly butt hurt Barners) b'n and g'n about Chavis's "prevent" defense on the last drive. "They were playing so soft...blah blah blah blah"
So I just went back and watched the final drive on youtube to see just how soft the LSU defense was. Keep in mind, I only saw the TV shot (no end zone shot like most game films have) so I am going by just what I could see..... (plus I only took about 5 min to do it b/c my wife thinks I am over here working on a research paper for grad school)... which I am but needed a break.
feel free to use the following in your arguments against idiots this week (and correct me if you see differently, please!) Chavis is a dang good defensive coach. Just like our offense had to prepare for the two minute drive with no timeouts, LSU had to have a plan to defend a team with no timeouts and they knew we had to throw it....
so here goes..
first of all, Bama lined up in what I call double twins (2x2) meaning two receivers on each side, and a single RB, on each play of the drive.
LSU shows 6 men at the LOS, only two corners in the picture, meaning there are 3 deep secondary players you can't see. They bring 4 of the 6 and drop the other 2 under the #2 (inside) receivers. This is probably as "prevent" as they got on this drive. It appears to me they were playing a generic "Tampa" coverage (no MLB dropping deep middle), where the corners were flat players (under outside WR), and the 3 deep were responsible for just that, deep thirds. Not a bad call in the situation considering Bama is pretty much gotta throw to the sidelines and try to get out of bounds. Also, by showing 6 like they did, their was the chance it could screw up our protections. Great job by the OL to pick up the look and great throw by AJ, great catch and run by Norwood.
LSU only shows 5 this time, but they are man on the short side (boundary) with safety help over the top. They look to be playing some type of quarters to the field. They only rush 4 of the 5 showing, but they run a zone pressure from the field (meaning they blitz the OLB, and the ILB drops to replace him). So they are bringing 5 rushers. Not a bad call on the boundary, b/c obviously the easiest throw is to the short side of the field to get out of bounds. We run what appears to be what I call a "smash" concept, meaning #1 runs a hitch and #2 (Norwood) runs a corner. Great read by AJ to hit Norwood on the corner route (we ate this up vs. Matheiu in the BCSNC if I recall). Again, I could be wrong on the coverage, but just calling what i can see.
Basically the same look as Play #2, except opposite direction. Meaning the Man free look to the field, and the quarters look to the boundary. Probably not the greatest call in the world, Norwood is able to run a comeback route (I think?) vs. the softer coverage. They bring 5 once again (simliar pressure to play #2) except this time its more of a twist with an inside backer. Again, nothing you can call "PREVENT" defense
They bring 5 and play Cov. 2 Man (man to man coverage with 2 safeties free over the top). One of the rushers is responsible for the RB and does a good job picking him up. Pretty aggressive call at that point in the game, but also pretty sound against the pass with athlete on athlete and help over the top. Probably what made AJ hold on to the ball a little bit longer. I'm betting if Chavis could do it over, he would have called this a little bit earlier in the drive.
We all know what happened here..... they essentially brought 7 and played man.... and Bama had a great call. The WR's ran off the DBs, nobody peeled with the back, and it was perfectly executed. Great call by Nuss.
Sorry for the long post, and probably incoherent rambling at times in that....but just wanted people to know that Chavis had some good calls in that drive....certainly was not in "prevent" mode at all. we just executed to perfection. OL was flawless, WR's ran great routes, Yeldon picked up blitzes, and AJ made the right reads and great throws.
so tell the Barners and other people who are mad we won to STFU. haters gonna hate. RTR
This post was edited by Bamaman74 17 months ago
On ESPNU today, Mike Bellotti broke it down play by play. LSU had a good scheme and changed things up. Alabama simply executed.
“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
Didn't see that, but I'm gonna go on a limb and say his was slightly more accurate than mine. haha
Yes Bellotti showed that LSU used 4 or 5 different combinations of rush and coverage and that AJ made 5 different types of throws. Bellotti's verdict: LSU did a good job of switching looks but Bama and AJ won the execution battle. Decisively.
The barners I talked to said that LSU was instructed to lets us score and win so SEC could be in champ game,,I didn't try to figure that out....RTR
Well, Bellotti is the smartest man in practically any room and former Coach and AD. So don't take it too hard.
According to Bellotti:
Play 1: Multiple coverage. Show blitz. Rush four. Drop into zone coverage. Option route, good throw.
Play 2: Same look, different package. Nickel corner rush off edge, but still only rush four. Man-to-man. Good pressure. Corner route, perfect throw.
Play 3: Rush five. Man free coverage. LB playing middle zone watching McCarron. McCarron slid out to open pass lane and put the ball on the money.
Play 4: Man-to-man, rush four.
The TD: Different look...show blitz with seven. Drop two in coverage. Alabama executed perfectly.
He thought LSU mixed it up well and did a good job, but Alabama executed.
Tell 'em the same thing happened in the 2010 Iron Bowl so they can thank us later... (g)
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does it really matter...the right play is to play softer coverage in that situation anyway. Also, the coaches factor into the game as well, even if they did play "prevent" which they didnt, the coaches made the wrong call. IMO they played normal defense but corners were off a bit, but the problem with that logic is that we completed medium range passes and the corners got beat by good throws and catches by AJ and norwood. Two of the plays the corner was in position, we just made the throw and catch perfectly. One was a comeback that was hard to defend and norwood made a crazy catch. They then aggressively blitzed and we had the right call to yeldon. If they had been in "prevent" the screen wouldnt of worked. morons.
Have we ever had a WR that has been better catching on the sideline and keeping his feet in than Norwood
in our last two games against LSWho.
Pretty much AJ did in that drive what Mett did for most of the game... thats the story, IMO...
sry i dont understand ...lsu...whats that.. Now if we are talking Texas A&M i m really hoping we can contain thier QB hes got me a little worried. Sry Saban has trained me well. 24 Hour rule.
Whatever defense LSU was in, they didn't prevent anything.
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