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I was fortunate enough to be on the field at the Fiesta Bowl which allowed me to get close enough to the action to understand the game inside the game and to hear the players talking. Here is the critical 3rd quarter TD drive by Texas interspersed with the play by play.
McCoy: Come on girls let’s get moving. Move move. Just go over there and bend over.
Texas OL 1: ?
McCoy: I’ll tell you the play at the line. Just go.
Colt McCoy pass complete to James Kirkendoll for 9 yards to the Texas 31 for a 1ST down.
OSU DL 1: What the hell is going on?
OSU DL 2: no idea.
Chris Ogbonnaya rush for 9 yards to the Texas 40.
McCoy: Keep moving girls. Daddy’s watching!
OSU DL 1: Are we really being beat by that guy?
OSU DL 2: He’s not doing the thing where they group together…
OSU DL 1: Huddle?
OSU DL 2: Yeah, is that legal.
Texas penalty 10 yard holding accepted.
OSU DL 1: guess not.
Colt McCoy pass incomplete to Peter Ullman, broken up by Anderson Russell.
Ohio St penalty 15 yard pass interference accepted.
OSU DB 1: WTF, I’m tired. I’m not even sure if I’m supposed to be in on this play. Ima get paid either way.
Little Animal: You guys want to meet my Dad after the game.
OSU DL 1: Why don’t you put on those stupid, spiky shoulder pads and shut up.
Little Animal: Coach said they weren’t legal. They were just for the pictures.
Foswhitt Whittaker rush for a loss of 3 yards to the Texas 42.
Colt McCoy rush for 12 yards to the OhSt 46.
McCoy: I’m so pretty! Look at me!
Texas: Dude they just showed your girlfriend on TV. Now she’s hot!
McCoy: Girlfriend? Oh yeah, my girlfriend… She has such beautiful hair. Keep moving ladies! Daddy never loved me!
Cody Johnson rush for a loss of 1 yard to the OhSt 47.
Rashad Bobino rush for 2 yards to the OhSt 45 for a 1ST down.
OSU DL 1: weren’t they supposed to punt a second ago?
OSU DL 2: Dude, who has any idea what’s going on?
Colt McCoy pass complete to Chris Ogbonnaya for 5 yards to the OhSt 40.
Chris Ogbonnaya rush for 2 yards to the OhSt 38.
Colt McCoy pass complete to Jordan Shipley for 2 yards to the OhSt 36.
OSU DB 1: I think the line of scrimmage is way back there. And you guys have been off sides for like 3 plays.
OSU DL 1: Fuck off. You see that San Diego game where the DB was all "Reggie Wayne what?" I think that is about to happen to you.
OSU DB 1: Why, did they put in Peyton Manning?
Cody Johnson rush for 2 yards to the OhSt 34 for a 1ST down.
OSU DL 1: Peyton’s no Tom Brady but I’m pretty sure we’re still getting beat by the dude named after a baby horse.
Heacock: Soft zone, soft zone. Works every time.
OSU DB 1: Aren’t they close enough to kick a FG yet?
OSU DL 1: Maybe their kicker guy isn’t any good?
OSU DB 1: They can borrow ours because I’m fucking tired. Is there any way to slow that dude down? Make them do that huddle thing?
Shawn Crable: You could try hitting him the head.
Colt McCoy pass complete to Chris Ogbonnaya for 8 yards to the OhSt 34, Ohio St penalty 12 yard personal foul accepted for a 1ST down.
OSU DL 1: Nope that didn’t work. Weird because it always does on Beanie.
Bike Hart: Beanie and I are bike buddies!
OSU DL 1: Ol’ Man Boeckman told me about this other way to score maybe he’s trying to do that.
OSU DL2: You talk to Ol’Man Boeckman?
OSU DL2: Dude he’s majoring in Molecular Genetics. He’s smart.
OSU DL1: I’m pretty sure that was Mr. Krenzel.
Colt McCoy rush for 14 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
McCoy: Look at me! I’m the belle of the ball! Do like how my skirt flares when I twirl? I’m prancing just like a little pony!
OSU DL1: The fuck is that dude twirling for?
OSU DL2: They got 6 points for that shit. How many FGs we gonna have to kick to win now?
Tressel: Did you see that young man prance and twirl just like a beautiful little girl? I used to have a pony that pranced. I liked to put a pink bow in her hair and call her my pretty little pony.
dex: Did it look like a unicorn because, boy howdy, I sure like unicorns!
OSU punter: Is it time to punt yet coach?
Heacock: Yeah, Jim, I’m sure that was nice.
Tressel: I miss that pony.
(at a closed door meeting with boosters and other highly placed supporters of the University of Michigan, RR gave the following speech which I transcribed. With all honor and respect to Abraham Lincoln because even a jaded, cynical Gen Xer like myself felt unclean bastardizing the sublime prose of Lincoln's second innagural address--especially the last bit about 'the headman's axe.')
AT this second appearing to speak before the Michigan Victors' Club there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of the offensive system to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of six games, during which public declarations have been largely limited to booing every point and phase of the offense which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the football team, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our offensive line, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, totally unacceptable to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.
|On the occasion corresponding to six games ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to the impending season. All dreaded it, all sought to avert missing a bowl game. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to making a bowl game, urgent agents were in Ann Arbor seeking to have a losing season—seeking to dissolve my coaching staff and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated losing, but one of them would hope for losses rather than let the my administration survive, and the other would accept missed blocks rather than let the bowl streak perish, and the war came.|
|One-eighth of the offensive starters, not distributed generally over the offensive line, but localized in the WR/RB portion of it, are decent players. These good players constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that the offense was interested in getting these guys the ball somehow in space. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend drives was the object for which the play calling was geared, while the coaches claimed no ability to do more than call good plays. Neither party expected for the losing streak the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the blocking might cease with or even before the fumbling should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph against Toledo, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same rule book and pray to the same God, and each invokes Michigan tradition against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to invoke Bo’s name while undermining Michigan’s rightfully chosen head football coach, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto Michigan because of no offense; for it must needs be that an offensive line come, but woe to that QB who waits while the offensive line recruits cometh." If we shall suppose that the spread offense is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, requires blocking, and that He gives to both Michigan Men and the WLA this terrible season as the woe due to those by whom the lack of decent offensive line coaching, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in Bo always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of losing may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the bowl streak compiled by the 33 years of winning teams shall be sunk, and until every missed block shall be paid by another busted play, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Football gods are true and righteous altogether."|
|With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right Bo gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the season we are in, to bind up the team's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the ball and for his blocker and his QB, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and all Michigan Men.|
Earlier I posted some observations on LSU’s offense against OSU’s defense in the BCS championship game. That match up was particularly interesting because of OSU’s problems with the spread and M’s shift in offensive philosophy. There were some interesting things I noted regarding the OSU offense versus LSU’s defense.
I was surprised at the success Wells had. I expected LSU to take Wells away and make Boeckman step up. They tried but it was only OSU’s play calling that put Boeckman in the spotlight. Despite the success of Wells, Tressel opted for offensive balance. If an alternate universe existed just for my experimental pleasure (I’d have like way more publications and probably be tenured somewhere Ivy covered), it would be interesting to see what would have happened if OSU went all DeBord and just kept feeding Wells.
Boeckman is an acceptable game manager who throws a nice long ball but otherwise is very limited. Aside from some clever play calls, Boeckman wasn’t consistent enough to keep the chains moving. LSU put their corners alone in man press coverage and went after Boeckman. OSU was not able to overcome the negative plays that resulted and couldn’t spring enough big plays to make up for their offensive inconsistency. I was surprised at the prevalence of sideline go routes OSU ran and Boeckman threw. It made me wonder if that type of route is the only one Tressel really trusts Boekcman to throw. They also avoided the center of the field (like WOAH!) further demonstrating Tressel’s lack of trust in his QB due to his proclivity for playing pitch and catch with the safety. The most shocking thing was the ability of LSU to go three deep at corner and blanket these routes in man press coverage with no safety help. Despite throwing some pretty nice balls Boeckman only completed one of these passes and unfortunately that was to Chevis Jackson (and nearly had another picked.) I noticed Jackson’s name was called a lot in coverage which made me wonder if Tressel wasn’t trying, unsuccessfully, to pick on him. I’m left wondering, completely unsupported by a sufficient sample size, if OSU’s wideouts are capable of getting deep separation from a decent corner without some kind of “Jebus make Wells stop!” play action. There is reason to hope that Trent and Warren can handle the OSU WR’s especially since Trent’s strength is running straight really fast (beat Ginn in the 200 m hurdles blah blah blah) and that is what the OSU WR’s like to do.
The final word is Wells is a ridiculously terrifying man beast freak and will be sufficient (along with the defense and some cherry picking from Boeckman) to ensure OSU only loses 1 or maybe 2 games in 2008 winning the Heisman along the way. As with ND in Weis’ first 2 seasons, there just aren’t enough teams on their schedule that can exploit their weaknesses. They will go to another BCS bowl and depending on the match up may be in for another nationally broadcast embarrassment.
I have proposed the theory that the major Big Ten teams play an archaic brand of offensive football which has propped up the defenses—most notably of OSU and M. These defenses were then unmasked in post season play. Tressel’s defense, in particular, has been shredded by a more modern offensive philosophy in the past 2 bowl games. Rather than using labels like ‘shot gun spread’ that will leave me open to snotty purists dismissing me by noting “Florida and LSU run completely different offenses”, I will explain what I see as the salient aspects of the ‘modern offensive philosophy’ (or ninja football) that I’m talking about here.
- First you have to reach an athletic minimum to avoid being overwhelmed by OSU. Sorry Purdue.
- Keep the defense off balance by spreading the field with multiple potential playmakers.
- Use a variety of formations and action to disguise what may be a limited selection of plays—including run/pass variation.
- Have some method of dealing with the pass rush that will result from more electrons and fewer fat guys. Here you can go with a mobile QB or quick developing plays.
- Many teams who run these offenses do so out of a shotgun. I’m not sure that is a requirement but may be tied to point 4 (running QB or helping the QB make faster decisions.)
Compliments of that hulu site that was posted here I watched the entire championship game from last season to answer several questions.
Things LSU did and did not do.
- LSU was not stopped by the OSU defense. There was some lingering belief that LSU had a good string of short field TD’s before OSU solved them. This was probably perpetuated by the incorrect announcer babbling and the methodical way LSU worked down the field (they certainly looked less impressive than Florida.) The announcers went on and on about the 2nd half stops by OSU. The first, they incorrectly called a 3 and out, LSU drove to the 50 (2 first downs) and Flynn made his first mistake with the intentional grounding leaving an unmakeable 3rd down (which was promptly forgiven by the roughing the punter.) The second stop was Flynn’s second mistake--messed up timing pattern. Jenkins made a nice play but was not covering his man at the time or else he would not have been near the ball. The only times LSU didn’t score were due to their own mistakes—dropped pass followed by a missed snap, intentional grounding, INT, running out the clock (2 line plunges and a throw away.)
- LSU’s offensive success was not due to awesome athletic ability. Even more so than Florida, LSU’s offense was not considered a juggernaut. They succeeded by making good decisions, avoiding mistakes, and keeping OSU off balance—not by going toe to toe with OSU’s athletes.
- LSU did not have a QB who was a running threat and yet still ran more than they passed. LSU ran out of a variety of formations, including empty backfield (to Jacob Hester.) They did not rely on Hester plunging into the line except on short yardage and clock killing.
- Although Flynn played a great game and made excellent quick decisions not much was asked of him except to make accurate, short passes to open primary receivers. Flynn had several weird, never going to be successful runs, that I wonder may have been pass plays that weren’t immediately there.
- LSU did not stop the OSU pass rush (or dominate run blocking) and it didn’t matter. LSU ran quick developing passes that avoided having Flynn standing in the pocket and getting buried by Ghoulston. They threw one, wildly successful, long pass. LSU’s running was varied in terms of formation, ball carrier, and inside/outside keeping OSU from keying on any one thing.
- In big spots LSU went to their TE in the middle of field, usually off some action to draw Lauranitis and it worked stunningly all 4 times. Illinois did this also. The TE caught 2 TD’s, took a third to the 1 yard line, and made a big 3rd down conversion. I can only assume this was scouted and planned deliberately.
Mistakes M has made in the past.
- Not enough options and variation. Presnap, people paying attention could predict the play including the ball carrier or receiver. If you do this Tressel will stop you.
- Aside from hoping for “super great blocking” no mechanism for handling the pass rush (2003 was the only year the “super great blocking” happened.) The pass rush be damned, Henne will stand in the pocket waiting for Ghoulston to bury him while M receivers complete intricate, late breaking patterns miles downfield.
In conclusion, I do not believe that Florida played the game of their life or ‘nobody could have beaten LSU.’ Both myths which are presently being perpetuated by the media. I think OSU’s defense and defensive coaching (possibly since Dantonio left?) have weaknesses which can be exploited and RR is especially qualified to do so.
Note: I have some thoughts on the other side of the ball which I may be posting along with my somewhat depressing prediction for OSU in 2009 (lest anyone get the idea I am predicting OSU’s immediate ruin or an M victory in 2009.)