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Obviously the off week is coming at a great time for us right now as we have a lot of players who are banged up. One guy that will really benefit is Kevin Norwood. He was off to a great start but once again nagging injuries have slowed him down. If he can get healthy, our receiving corps is looking pretty stout. So far Norwood and Cooper have been essentially playing the same position, but I think you will see more sets designed to get them on the field at the same time going forward. Add in Jones in the slot and I think we can cause some headaches for defenses. Go to four wide and add Kenny Bell to the mix as well. My guess is you will start to see a little less H-Back and a little more multiple wide outs as we try and compensate for the lack of production at that spot. OJ has everything laid out perfectly for him to come in and be a star as a freshman if he can be physical enough to learn the blocking aspect of it.
The offensive line has been bad mouthed some after our inability to run the ball against Ole Miss but I'm not sure that is entirely justified. We missed some blocks, but if you go back and watch the game Ole Miss is run blitzing every play except on third and long. I mean...EVERY play. The line isn't going to pick those up. Its up to either the quarterback to audible out of it or the coaching staff to call more passes over the top of the defense or outside runs. My guess (and this part is only a guess) is that the reason we didn't do this in the second half was because we had a lead and didn't think Ole Miss could score enough to beat us. I need to go back and see how much we were ahead when that started but am guessing it was two scores. They had already thrown three picks on the day. I think our coaches wanted to milk the clock and not take chances on negative plays that could get them back in it. Also, we did wear down their defense. Our last two drives were both over ten plays. They both resulted in field goals instead of touchdowns or we wouldn't be having this conversation but their defense was gassed at the end of the game.
Just my random thoughts on an off week.
Good stuff. I'll save you from checking it out, we were up two scores.
It's frustrating sometimes when folks can't understand an aspect in the game plan like keep their offense and our defense of the field as much as possible.
If we had wanted the score to look like the Texas/OM score we could have had that.
"You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you deserve"
Exactly. We have always been like that since Saban has been here. Get a lead then wear em down. We dont care about flashy.
we also may have been conservative keep from showing our hand to future opponents
great job OP, enjoyed the read and totally agree.
we miss Trent for sure, but don't underestimate the play calling was a little reserved, knowing what we have down the road.
the goal of a game against an "unconventional" team like Ole Miss is to just get out of it. The coaches don't want to spend much time on it, and they don't want the players spending much time on it. They just want the high percentage stuff that keeps the ball in our hands as much as possible, and as slowly run as possible to eat up TOP and to keep us from having to play frenetic defense. The goals were all accomplished, and the ONLY failure of Saturday was losing 2 guys for the year. Otherwise, the game plan worked to perfection.
1960 Les Paul
I've been wondering this a lot lately. Some staffs (see WVU and Oregon) run their full offense full time. Our staff seems quite content to only show what is necessary to win. I think this can hurt execution a little bit when we need to pull out the full bag unexpectedly, but it's probably something of a necessity to have a bunch of new tricks for all these teams we've been playing who have a bye week prior to prep for us.
When you play in the SEC, you don't need style points, you just need W's.
It's not necessarily new plays, it can be new formations, motions, etc. and they are practiced plenty.
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