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Last night I read an article about Chance being the 4th rated player in the draft and how he's the best guard heading into the draft in a decade. I think most of us, myself included, tend to watch the ball and only see oline play when its pointed out in replay by Gary. So, being a browns fan and with a couple of mocks predicting the browns to draft him, I decided to go back and watch only him during the SECCG.
After a couple of series I didn't see anything special. I mean to say that he always blocked his guy but from draft analysis I expected to see the earth moving and earpads flying on every down. I realized, this being my first time singling out guard play, that I have no frame of reference so I started the game over and watched Chance when we had the ball and their left guard when they had the ball. This is when Chance really started standing out.
First, he was so much more athletic than their guard. When pulling, their guy was useless. He looked like you would expect a fat guy in space to look like. Chance had no wasted steps, went exactly where he needed to be and would clear lanes with a stiff arm.
I can only think of two plays where Chance was blocking a dlineman head up. Mostly he's pulling or firing straight to the second level. When he got his hands on a lb that guy was done for the play. By the end of the game Ogletree would just stop when Chance got to him because it was just a waste of energy to try to get around him.
Pass protection looked pretty simple for him. Someone would run into him then they would stop. Pretty straightforward. He was blown back off the line on one pass by Jenkins but recovered only to give up the sack because AJ held the ball for about an hour. Conversely their guard was on skates and gave up the sack to Hubbard at the end because he was late picking up the stunt.
We have a pretty special player in No. 65 and if you haven't singled him out do yourself a favor and go back and watch one of the best in the game working his craft. Its pretty amazing watching the entire unit work so efficiently in the chaos of a typical SEC running play.
I can honestly say I am amazed that you were able to watch the line that closely for an entire game. I have tried it before but I can't do it. I guess I'm too ADHD for that. Thanks for the insight.
Its was really interesting. There's a whole other game going on up there that you don't even notice when casually watching the game.
For instance, I assumed that our short yardage play where we bring Jesse in is the same play every time just swapping right or left. Technically I guess it probably is but we block it differently nearly every time. In one instance Chance would release to the lb, another time he would block down on the nose and once he stepped out to block the edge while the outside guys blocked down. What seemed to be the same play in casual viewing was completely different schematically up front.
Chance is a BEAST. Hope he goes Top 10.
Kid is a bull
Excellent write up OP. I'm like the other poster in that I've seriously tried to watch the OL for large chunks of a game & wind up remembering that I was meaning to do that once the tv crew winds up showing a replay of our OL drilling right through the defense.
Good post. I have tried to zero in watching our tackles on passing downs. It is not easy in real time. Thanks for the work and the post. Warmack will be missed.
I have always heard that football games are won in the trenches but I'm probably like you before in that I wouldn't know OL play if it bit me in the butt. It is cool when Gary points out how well we blocked on a play but that's it. Thanks for the analysis here. I wonder what percentage of our fans could tell you anything special about an OL except size.
I like to credit joe Pendry for this zone blocking. It stresses technique and quickness but more importantly it puts the play in the EYES of the running back, to READ the line, the possible push and the lanes for cutbacks. We kind of got away from that last year and some of this year and Went with straight up hat on hat seal edge and pulled Warmack a lot (Mainly because he is the best pulling guard around). But, like you said, in the SEC championship game as I was screaming into my TV in the first half to run the ball and go downhill with our zone blocking scheme, It was finally realized this is what we do best. When I think of running the ball with this scheme with Williams, Fluker, Steen, Barrett, Warmack, and Cyrus I just think it's a mismatch for any front 7. I totally agree with you on Warmack and it is hard to notice guard play the first time watching But also the improvement and technique of Steen has gone unnoticed a little. I don't want this to sound the wrong way but Barrett is not all that dominant on the line, it's his technique that is flawless. I would like to know how many penalties have been called on Barrett through his four years at playing three different spots, and playing those spots so well too. It cant be many at all. Chance is both dominant and Technical.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
even more amazing is that somehow gary danielson sees everything on every play. underrated if you ask me.
and he was a 3 *....LOL
a guard going top 10 is just as amazing as being draft #1 overall for any other position.
last year deCastro was the 1st guard taken and he was considered one of the best guards in a while. and he only went 24th
10 Major Poll National Titles (CFB record)
35 Bowl Wins (CFB record)
72 Wins over last 6 years (CFB record)
Each week I wonder why Chance is not either one or two in the top 12 tiders.
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