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Yea, he said something you disagreed with one time, and hes on TV, so he's a moron, idiot, etc. I get it.
But I thought the breakdown he did on SC just now was pretty interesting. He showed some throws where AJ's mechanics broke down when he had time to think about the throw. Then some from the same game where he was rushed and looked much better. You can cut highlights to show anything you want but it was interesting to me at least. Was NOT dogging AJ so calm down.
Asked about AJ vs. Murray, Murray with more NFL potential but likes AJ in this game because he has delivered in big games and Murray not so much.
Also said Bama would be a tougher matchup for ND due to a Saban team not making mistakes and giving them short fields. UGA much more prone to do that.
Anyway haven't heard quite that take before, especially about AJ.
Thanks. I"m never home during the day nor have time to watch SC so I'm always glad to get any info I can.
I don't know that I totally agree with the part where AJ is better when hurried as opposed to when he has time, because he had time this past Saturday and made some good looking throws. I think in the LSU and A&M games, AJ just seemed to be tight. I may be biased, but I'd take AJ anyday over Murray.
Interesting comments by McShay though...thanks for posting.
Yeah it happened to be on in the restaurant where I ate lunch. They usually put those segments on the web site if you want to check it out.
Yeah he wasn't saying it happens all the time. But some throws, like you said he would look tight. He showed some others where AJ let it rip and put the ball right on the money. He's very high on AJ overall.
Hopefully he'll be relaxed on Saturday.
I think his point was that AJ doesn't always make good throws when he's thinking about it too much (due to the pressure of being the QB at Bama and the expectations). That's when they showed the clip of the A&M game when Cooper was wide open down the sideline and AJ kind of lobbed it because Cooper was so open. He showed AJ's mechanics and the breakdown. Then he showed the TD to Cooper later in the game when AJ had a bit of pressure on him and he threw a perfect pass and hit Cooper in stride. Again, showed his mechanics and how this time it led to a better throw.
His point was that AJ is much better when he's playing instinctively and not when he's thinking about things too much. That was his reasoning for why AJ was so accurate when a play breaks down and his instincts kick in; he's just trying to make a play and not thinking about negative consequences of a mistake.
It was an interesting theory.
interesting ..my wife thinks AJ was tight trying to break the 'throws without an interception' record. OR maybe he was afraid of having to dig Sana's foot out ! LOL
I think that everyone is prone to over thinking sometimes, so the theory is interesting.
Thanks for posting LandShark- I agree with the point about Saban teams performing well with short fields. That's a key with ND- they have a a bend but don't break philosophy on defense and shrink the field and force you to execute in the redzone. Not sure I see the NFL praise for Murray though, because at the end of the day he's 5'11 (maybe shorter) QB with a 3/4 delivery (unlike a straight over the top motion like Russell Wilson's) and has struggled against large, active fronts in his career to date. Make no mistake he can pick teams apart when he has a clean pocket, but that's never the case in the NFL.
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Do you think Bama has a plan to try and have the DL swat his passes down if they don't feel they can get to him consistently?
I think this combined with all the heisman talk hurt AJ. He started playing to not make mistakes. He was playing cautious. I think we will see our national championship QB perform well in this game.
Anyone consider these "mechanics" issues might be injury related? I wonder how far back McShay's research went?
As rollin38 said "I don't know that I totally agree with the part where AJ is better when hurried as opposed to when he has time, because he had time this past Saturday and made some good looking throws. I think in the LSU and A&M games, AJ just seemed to be tight." Maybe AJ is just getting healthier?
Not trying to defend AJ, just pointing out a couple possibilities.
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I think he is onto something about AJ. When AJ doesn't have time to pick himself apart, he is a pure thing of beauty. AJ in a 2 minute drill, is one of the absolute best in the country. Our faster pace of offense last week seemed to help this offense and AJ stay in sync. I think AJ would be a man possessed in a west coast hurry up offense.
My thoughts exactly. Murray is a JR and made Freshman mistakes against FL when pressured. I'm not impressed. AJ is far from perfect but physically IMO he would be a far better pro prospect than Murray. The biggest problem I see w/ AJ is throwing off his back foot off balance instead of stepping into throws.
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