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This may or may not be a running series based on time constraints and feedback.
Legitimate scouting of an offense should have 2-4 of the most recent games, but only one has been played. Online video sources efficient for scouting purposes are hard to come by, as well. The bitTorrents take 8-10 hours to receive with my computer and NBC.com (which I used) made me want to kill myself. The need to constantly rewind for 5-10 seconds with poor tools is beyond tedious (Tom Hammond didn’t help). TV is also notorious for cutting important information out of the shot and, where this occurred, I didn’t record data.
A Few Disclaimers
The Irish never make analytical errors
By Down and Distance
By Field Zone
By Personnel, Backfield, and Formation
(A quick note on Personnel: Rudolph moves around a lot between TE and receiver. I used whichever position he actually lined up in, rather than identifying him as a TE every play.)
By Passing Zone and vs. Blitz
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it sounds like they need a soggy field to beat us.
Nice work, AAL.
Kelly utilizes what he (at Cincy) called stem routes in the passing game Lots of mid to deep routes.. Strictly read based routes. Simple, but receivers and QB have to make the same reads. This offense will get better and better as year progresses. This explains why some passes missed very badly for them vs. Purdue- young QB, new system. Anyway I just hope it doesnt progress too well for them this week.
...it seemed like there was very little flow to ND's offense last Saturday. Had to watch their game alongside the M game, and it was hard not to take a peek at what the Irish and Purdue were doing.
Ugly game, really. Not much flow to either teams' offenses...but I suppose that's to be expected. I was particularly unimpressed with Purdue's offense. Also, as AAL noted, Purdue didn't do much of anything on defense until they were "forced" into taking some chances.
Great analysis, AAL. I hope you can do this each week!
To add on to that point: Rudoph's "round" routes are intentionally so. Much more so than the traditional route tree, Kelly's receivers transition to soft areas of coverage and explore ways to morph around the D.
Smart Football took a crack at explaining some of this when Kelly was hired: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Deconstructing-The-roots-of-Brian-Kelly-s-geni?urn=ncaaf-202207
Check the video example I posted below. If every play were as Brown described, he'd keep pushing vertically on the play. On this play he's trying to get to the sticks on 3rd and 7, stemming inside to set the guy up before (eventually) running a short out. I'm not disagreeing with what Chris is saying, but it's not the case in the example that made me make the comment. Also, some ND guys say he has some nagging injuries which may be contributing. Either way, it looks like what it looks like.
I didn't realize they threw so much after first down. I hope to see Death Roh with lots of TFLs and hopefully a few sacks
I'm willing to bet that ND plays less cover 2 vs UM than they did vs Purdue. Also, I too wanted to kill myself when watching the NBC stream of the game. I chose not to watch after a few plays.
This was pretty sweet
Very nice analysis. After looking at the ND roster and watching the game tape against Purdue I think our advantages lie in the trenches and at quarterback. ND's offensive line is young and inexperienced. We should be able to get to the quarterback fairly often, which should force some inconsistent throws. On the flip side our offensive line has much more experience and is much more athletic. This should allow us to control the LOS and give us the advantage in TOP. Lastly, Denard Robinson > Crist. As long as we don't turn the ball over or beat ourselves with penalty's then we will be fine. 31-21 M
I will continue to lobby for The Dread Pirate Robinson until I am thwarted. Actually, probably before I'm thwarted. It is a bit cumbersome...
But hey, if you're not into the whole brevity thing...
This kind of thing is definitely a very valuable addition. It's so good I bet Notre Dame fans would want to read it as a breakdown of their team.
Definitely do it in later weeks whenever its possible and you are so inclined. Great stuff.
How fast do you expect a TE to be? He is 6'6" 260 something, still speedier than a LB and bigger than a DB, he is a match up nightmare for opposing defenses. He doesn't have to be fast, he has size and when covered by a LB a speed advantage, not to mention he doesn't just block he can catch the ball.
I think what he meant to say was your son is very talented and special, and we're all sure he will have a very successful NFL career.
I don't know...I thought he was pretty hyped up so I also thought he'd have better than average speed and run good routes. It may be too much for him to run so many routes due to his size. Seriously.
Deep linking isn't working so check this video at the 17 second mark for after-the-catch speed and 6 min, 24 second mark for routes:
I can kind of understand where you are coming from if this is the only time you have really watched him play. They didn't send him deep or throw to him outside. He is coming off a slight hamstring ding from camp, that probably contributes to the play calling and also the perceived speed he is running at. I can see where you are coming from better now, though I will say he is capable of more than was shown in week 1.
irish and i spent the last 2 seasons watching rudolph easily run past linebackers, thus the conclusion that he's faster than most linebackers. what sort of stat are you looking for? do you want a FAKE 40 time? the last couple years, we've see him routinely run seam routes leaving linebackers in his wake. nfl scouts haven't been worried about his route running and pass catching, they've been worried about his blocking which was much improved against purdue.
i suspect his failure to make big plays against purdue had more to do with how he was used - mostly short outs - than his talent. of course, its also entirely possible that he's still feeling lingering effects of his hamstring injury. it seems rather unlikely that he is significantly slower than he was last year.
if michigan doesn't have a safety over the top, it won't take long before we have the opportunity to measure his speed against your lbs.
(btw, i'm incredibly impressed (and a little worried) that a michigan fan took the time to break down every single nd offensive snap. wow.)
just an opinion on whether he'll look as poor as last week, or as sweet as last year.
Kind of the problem across the board for preparing for week 2. Especially since ND has a new coach. From the presser the Michigan Coaches are going to watch last year ND for personnel talent and last year Cincinnati for play calling and schemes.
all in all, pretty tough to end up with an opinion everyone agrees with.
although "running cuts like circles" is a bit harsh.
for me, I'm much more afraid of TE on LB mismatch than the WR on the corners.
especially since dumps to the TE don't require as much pass protect time from the OL.
I wonder if we'll see the punters on the field at all on Saturday?
44 hours you will have what you need,
xs and os, but will keep this by me during the game. More of this, please.
Don't they say the biggest leap for teams tends to come between week one and two? I'm looking forward to the game.
Thanks for the feedback. Always good to get the feedback. Never been to ND Stadium. How much an impact might that be on the game?
Nicely done, I could definitely get used to seeing these for as many upcoming opponents as you can break down. I agree with you on their running backs being legit. I was impressed with how reasonably well Michigan's beleaguered defense did against Todman so hopefully they are up to the task against the Irish.
Here is a cut up of every running play last week. The Irish were only effective running the ball when they had a lineman pull.
Looking at that video of every ND running play, it seems that their line is either solid for a huge game, or pourous for a small gain or negative play.
That's promising, if Michigan's defense can play like they did last week where Ezeh was ok and Mouton was good (!)
This is great info. Love it. Keep it coming.