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Drop back passing. Our Oline is very good at running and play action, but we are vulnerable in obvious passing situations. Also, our secondary has had a problem with blown coverages. If we face a team that's good against the run and has a good qb, we could be in trouble. LSU comes to mind.
Agree with your assessment of our weaknesses, but we are getting better every week. I think this year's team would give both the '09 and '11 team a run for their money. Thus, LSU doesn't scare me. RTR!
The weakness at Ark was Fluker playing himself into an NFL guard. He got beat inside and outside several times.
Fluke seems to be regressing a bit. I thought he'd be a different player after his performance in the NC game.
I agree and it's worrisome. His feet are really slow. He is no where close to being ready for the NFL. He's not even ready for LSU or FSU.
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I agree that Fluker has had some poor performances in comparison to his ability and standard. Yet, the kid works his tail off every day.
He will correct the problems and he will get better as the year goes on.
Am I the only one who has noticed that teams are selling out to stop us from running the ball by having 8-9 people in the box at times and when they see pass they are bringing 6-7 people on a pass rush? Which leaves our o- line out numbered. But I do agree that big Fluke has been beat a few times.
"Nobody makes me bleed my own blood, nobody!"
It's a weakness compared to how strong we are in other areas. Nothing we can't work around though IMO. You don't have to drop straight back, even on obvious pass downs. AJ killed LSU on roll outs and waggles in the NC game.
And by November I think our pass protection will look much better than it does now.
Don't get the downvotes; OP was simply giving his opinion, and while I don't think we're necessarily "vulnerable" in passing downs or that our secondary has major problems with blown coverages especially when compared to other teams around the nation (hello, two shutouts), the most pressing things we need to work on are exactly what OP says. Our run plays and play action passing plays are our bread and butter. Therefore, we need to work on making drop back passing our bread and butter as well. Also, our defense is extremely good at stopping the run. While we have a great passing defense, it is also pretty obvious that the only time teams have gotten yards on us is on deep passing routes. Therefore, we need to work on our coverage and pass rush.
tl;dr the situations of our drop back passing game and coverages on defense are not as dire as OP says, but they are the areas we need to work on most. ROLL TIDE and +1 wishbone, tough crowd
Realize that an "obvious passing situation" is really synonymous with "3rd and Long." 3rd and Long being difficult is almost an axiom of football, not some characteristic of our team.
I wish Fluke would come back next year.
Anybody that thinks this needs to take their crimson glasses off. LSU should scare ANY team, and I'll be wound up tight as a drum before that game.
In a few instances, I've noticed that when an opponent's defensive ends line out wide and try to rush around the tackles, AJ steps backwards into the pressure instead of stepping up into the pocket that is created by them taking the wide routes.
Exactly! AJ still need work too and that's one of his main problems.
Don't be confused by my statement. I think that will be the most difficult game we play all year (including the possible NC). It will be a close and competitive game that we could no doubt lose, I just was frightened of LSU last year and I'm not this year. Maybe because they are less hyped by the media. Maybe bc I'm not afraid of Mettenberger. Maybe bc I think we have their number and Miles proved in NOLA that he is a bafoon. I was just stating how I feel, not saying it will not be a challenge. RTR!
"That's the way it goes. But don't forget, it goes the other way too."
Thanks, rcrum. I agree with what you say. Our dbs are mostly young and will get it corrected.
speak for yourself. I will wear my Crimson glasses or drink my Crimson kool-aide as much as I want. if posters on this chat board are saying that they are not worried or scare of LSWho, who are you to say otherwise.
furthermore, you stating that , 'LSU should scare any team'. really?? should Florida and S. Carolina call off the game now.
Bama is #1 for good reasons. LSU is good, but have they played anyone yet to warrant such praise and fear???
I can't wait till Nov. 3rd. unlike you, I will be ready for the Tide to Roll. you can be tight as a drum all you like.
I'm glad we have some perceived weaknesses at this point, because otherwise this board would be more filled with posts about Being Bored, the LSU game, and hotels in Miami.
I'm going to enjoy this season like a great steak....one bite at a time. And part of that will be understanding our weaknesses and hopefully watching us improve on them. Appreciate the OP.
This post was edited by gumpstress 19 months ago
Thanks TideR30. Good response. +1
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