Great dramatic game. Glad we won. Here's some final thoughts on the game:
I was right about a lot of things, and wrong about a few things in my scouting report.
- ND doesn't have the right linemen for their offensive scheme yet
- ND WR merely serviceable due to inexperienced QB play
- Crist overthrows on the fly (except for one major exception!)
- Te'o was a beast
- Roh was a beast
- Allen was very dangerous
- Lots of tricky ways to get the RB the ball (shovel pass, counter draw, shotgun quickpitch)
- Wood muffed a kickoff (just like last week) and didn't factor into the passing game.
- ND corners good on run support
- ND outside backers lost contain
- Our D reacted well to familiar plays they see in practice.
- Weird things happen in south bend (phantom TD that should have been a touchback)
- We won a shootout (not really THAT many points, but lots of yards by both teams), by a close margin (not exactly one point)
- Crist is a much better athlete than given credit for as shown by his first TD scramble that was called back on a penalty. Had one good read on the option.
- Rudolph was not slow (at least in a straight line)
- Te'o didn't miss many tackles (except on Denard, but that was due to speed, not jukes)
- ND corners were not burnt deep. We didn't really try any one on one matchups, because that's the way our scheme was for this game. They did play soft giving us lots of 8 yard comeback routes. But our big pass plays came on busted coverages and playaction suck-ins, not speed on toast.
- Crist missing half the game. As big as he is, didn't think he'd get dinged up.
- With Crist out, ND pretty much ditched the spread for a while and went to more under center power formations.
- ND's D-line was much better than anticipated.
- Our secondary played much better than expected! (but that's not saying much)
- Our WR did a great job of holding onto the ball even when taking big hits.
- We are making up for last year in the turnover battle.
- I never thought that any ND coach could be as amusing as Jabba the Weis, but Brian Kelly's facial expressions were priceless.
And now for the fun stuff
If it was a scripted hug, RR wasn't in on it. Don't know what got to Tate, but whatever it was, I'm glad it happened.
Slow Linemen take away a big chunk of the "spread" playbook
Here's ND's first attempt at a wide screen. Notice that 4 of the offensive linemen aren't even getting to the play, and the fifth is taking his defender with him.
This leaves one defender completely unblocked. Combine that with Rudolph being a better receiver than blocker and you get massive fail. The whole point of a screen is to get your linemen down field to block the 2nd and 3rd levels. But ND's linemen are still too slow for that.
So later in the game, instead of running the bubble screen like you should to the sideline, ND calls for the middle screen.
But we're running a zone blitz (disguised nicely) and Herron bats the ball.
The wide screen would have prevented the batted ball because of the angle created. But when you don't have the right personnel to get down field...
Our Defense blew up some familiar plays
When you see a play over and over again in practice, the reads become reflexive and it's easier to defend. Here's a sweep play that could have gotten big yards for ND.
They pull two o-linemen around the outside, so we should be outmanned on the corner.
Roh does a good job of holding his ground making it a longer way to go. Then Floyd? who is playing rolled up, makes an excellent play by taking on the lead blocker. Our middle backers see the pulling action and flow instinctively with the ball carrier.
But what really blows up the play is Ezeh getting on his horse and flying through the gap before Allen can get to the edge. If he's a step slower, then the play gains at least 10 yards down the sideline, and maybe goes all the way. But because of the quick recognition, it results in a TFL.
Here's a play that shows what a beast Roh is turning into.
It's just a simple base zone read option, but the QB isn't making a read on the play because he's too inexperienced. There's no way he should have handed off the ball. Keeping it or throwing the flare would both have been better options. But check out Roh!
He fights through a double team to make a TFL.
And he was being held!
Roh did get pancaked once when he did a spin move right into one of the hulking guards, and he missed a couple of tackles, but he was in the backfield most of the day.
Speaking of Beasts. There's this kid, maybe you've heard of him, called Denard. People say he's fast. Errrrmmm... yeah. So what does speed do to a defender?
It makes them look stupid! Check out the angle the ND OLB has to take to account for warp drive. And
Too bad for them that Denard doesn't run in straight lines
WOW! Just a nice little 30 yard gain, when there was a completely unblocked defender.
But what's the difference between a nice gain and a homerun?
Answer: DOWNFIELD BLOCKING! On the 87 yard TD, there was just great downfield cut blocks.
And He can pooch punt!
You da man!
I thought we did a really nice job containing him. But he showed flashes. Here's a play were Mouton was a step slow to react or didn't read the pre-snap alignment.
Allen lines up a half yard behind the QB signaling either pass or inside run.
The left guard pulls but Mouton doesn't immediately recognize it. (he had a very nice day, just a little slow on this one play)
ND does a very good job of holding. But on this instance it didn't affect the play, so I don't care. Mouton still has a chance to make the tackle,
but Allen has enough ball skills to get by him and pick up a nice gain.
On the next play he made 3 people miss with a jump cut and a spin, and then he ran over Cam Gordon, causing the announcer to repeat his favorite "Quick Twitch" line.
He really got things going in the second half, nearly breaking one for the distance on a shotgun quickpitch.
We can has functional DB's?
JT Floyd got an INT when Montana misread the coverage, which like, WOOOOOO!!!!!
Don't you just love Frosh QB's? I mean, when they play AGAINST us, not FOR us.
The Kid from Hawaii
Teo was a beast for ND all day long. Here's an example of him reading the screen and just flying to Shaw almost before the ball can get there.
Teo pretty much single-handedly destoryed our screen game.
My name is JONAS!
Jonas Mouton had a pretty good game. Here he is against that same play as before.
Ezeh was faking a blitz before the snap, but you get virtually the same action.
Mike Martin takes on the double team, preventing the center from getting to the second level. Mouton fills the hole and hits Allen head on before he gets a chance to even make a move.
And Kovacs was there to clean up, since at that point we had 8 in the box against the ineffective Montana.
Mouton's pass drops look to be much improved. He got the INT on the flea flicker, and he tipped the ball to Kovacs after our first missed FG attempt. He also layed some lumber on a number of hits. Not perfect, but much improved from last year. I credit GERG!
ND's D-Line was pretty strong
At least when Denard wasn't making them look silly. I think Molk was having trouble with the size of and strength of the ND nosetackle. Here he is getting pushed back in a short yardage situation.
He almost gets pushed all the way back into Vincent, but the little guy picks up the first down.
Here's another play where Molk (who is a pretty darn good lineman) had trouble with the nosetackle.
It's a QB sweep to the left. And it looks pretty well blocked.
But the playside guard didn't get enough of a chip on the nosetackle as he released to get on Teo.
And Molk can't keep him engaged enough.
Their D-Line play probably explains why the other running backs couldn't do much. Here's Shaw making a bad read on an earlier zone dive.
First off, Denard should have thrown the flare, since Teo was playing run all the way. But it might have been a called run, not an option since there's no double team.
Our left tackle has given up inside leverage, but for some reason Shaw cuts left, instead of to the right.
On this play, Patrick actually gets a good drive block opening up a lane, but to no avail.
Kinda hard to blame kelly for losing that game, but ND fans did anyway. Sure he did Weis them at the end of the first half (bwAHahahahah! I love that his name has turned into a verb!) But he's playing with personel (especially linemen) that don't fit his system. And his starting QB missed half the game.
So, what do you do when three different QB's throw interceptions and you end both halves of the game with an uncatchable ball into the cheap seats?
You make faces.
First I was like
Then I was like.
First I was like...
then I was like...
And then I was like....
PLEASE SOMEONE MAKE A GOOD ANIMATED GIF OF THIS! I hate microsoft and can't get moviemaker to import .mp4 files.
The Phantom TD
I'm kinda glad that the refs didn't call Jones on this douchebag move. Not that dropping the ball makes you a douchebag, but dropping it so that you can put your hands up to your ear in a douchebag manner makes you a douchebag. Because if the play had been called CORRECTLY, there would be even MORE whining from the notre lame fans.
Tips for MSU:
Crist holds the ball too long because of inexperience and he's not confident (or accurate) enough to stick the ball into coverage to take advantage of physical mismatches. But he's a good scrambler who looks to make the long pass when coverage breaks down. Probably worth keeping DB's back and giving up some smaller runs by him.
Use combo coverages to always have a man near Floyd and Rudolph. Floyd will get discouraged if he's not a big part of the game. But rolling corners up into the flats worked well for us. We got at least two INTs because of the underneath zone.
Always key on Allen when he's in the game, He's the most dependable part of their offense, and if you can neutralize him, you're really limiting what they can do.
GET A HAT ON TEO! And drive block him. He caused Denard's fumble by coming off of vincent smith's block and pursing from behind. Vincent actually had a decent block oh him, but couldn't sustain it.
With State's power running game, I'd run it right at him! He's super fast, but not as big as some other linebackers.
Slow developing plays and cutesy draws won't work as well against their strong D-Line. And their corners come up well on outside runs. Quick hitting iso's, dives, and inside traps are your best bets. When they start to pinch or go to 8 man fronts, I'd work the veer option on the edge to take advantage of their OLB. (don't know if state has this in their playbook)
Good luck spartans.
so Here we are. 10,000 km away, and 10 years removed from graduation. But my heart still lives in Ann Arbor. It's midnight on a saturday and by all rights I should be out getting blitzed and dancing the night away. Instead I'm sitting in my comfy chair, glued to my computer screen, counting down the hours until kickoff.
Why does such a trivial thing as football mean so much to me? Why do I care so much about the fates of men I have never - and probably will never - meet? How can such a silly thing give me so much joy and drive me to so much anger?
I grew up mid-michigan. An asian kid in an all white town. Football was the one outlet for all the pent up frustration and aggression that was unsuitable for an overly civilized world. Without football, I might have turned out like this: http://inmyroom.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/cho_large.jpg
For me, football has always been about the emotions it stirs.
But I also enjoyed the status it conferred. I loved the feeling of walking around school in my jersey on gameday. I liked how the cheerleaders knew all our names and gave us treats and presents. It made me feel special, in a good way. I didn't have to be just another asian nerd who was good at math.
I loved running out of the locker room in a big pack, through the banners. I can still hear the roar of the crowd and band. I liked seeing my name in the paper, even if it was just a boxscore in the lansing state urinal. I was tickled to be interviewed for the 5th quarter and watching myself on TV. This was back in 1994, before youtube, before a million cable channels. Football made me feel pretty special.
And I knew the game. I'd watch every NFL game on sunday with my grandma. I could see how Lawrence Taylor would just destroy people. How we could fight THROUGH a block to blow up a run. I'd watch NFLfilms on HBO nonstop. Admiring how Bill Walsh would take advantage of opponents' tendencies and schemes.
So, football offered so much. It was physcially, emotionally, socially, and mentally stimulating.
When I decided to go to Michigan, most of that continued even though I was not good enough to play division 1 ( or probably even division 2). Too short, too slow. But being a fan in the stands was almost as good. The comradarie was still there. The emotion was still there. The intellectual analysis was still there. And when I would return home, to the heart of Spartoon country wearing my maize and blue, the status was also still there.
Our team was better than your team. And they all knew it.
Sure they would put on a brave face and try to take pot shots at us. "Your coach is a a drunk", "You suck in bowl games", "We're just as good". But deep down, they knew they weren't.
And then, some amazing things happened. We got a new coach. Lloyd's first year as HC was my first year in the stands. We beat OSU. Biakabutuka ran wild. We finished 8-4. We were 8-4 the next year too. Remember when people were angry with LLoyd for going 8-4? And now we'd be ecstatic if we got to 8-4...ㅜㅜ
But we beat an undefeated OSU team again, thanks to some kid named Griese. Remember when we expected to beat OSU, even if they had the higher ranked team? Remember when we could make fun of John Cooper proclaiming Feb-10, 2001 to be his day in honor of his record against us...
The next year was pure magic. I had been going through a rough point in my life, drinking too much, thinking about transferring, or changing my major, or... I don't know what... something. I withdrew from all my classes and went home to sort things out. But Michigan was living a dream season in football. Even being away from campus, I could still feel like a part of things by watching the games on TV.
As stupid as this may sound, Michigan football probably factored as much into my decision to return to Ann Arbor as anything else.
And I was there. I was at the games I could go to. I saw Woodson's interception against MSU.
I watched Daydrian Taylor's hit against the PSU tight end on TV.
I gave about a million high 5's to friends and strangers when Andre Weathers got the pick 6 to make it 20-0, and we all knew we were going to the Rosebowl.
I rushed the field after the OSU game, nearly getting pepper sprayed. But it didn't matter. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
So was driving to LA with all my friends. Waking up hungover on new years, filing into that stadium. Such an awesome day. And they served BEER! Ice cold beer. The best beer I've ever had in my life on that dehydrated sunny day in the middle of what would be winter in Ann Arbor.
AND WE WON! Do you remember? Woodson leaping 20 feet in the air. Tai Streets scoring on long bombs. Ryan Leaf completing every damn 3rd and long. And then the ending was so confusing. Everything happened so fast. We had them pinned way back. But those cougars were cheating. They pushed off woodson. They faked an injury. OUTRAGE! The ref pulled out the flag. HE WAS WAVING HIS DAMN HANDS WITH THE FRIGGIN FLAG IN HIS DAMN HANDS! But he didn't throw it. And the crowd was booing the loudest "boo" I've ever heard.
But it didn't matter. WE WON! We won it all. It was chaos everywhere. I didn't know if I should take pictures, or rush the field or, or, or, just sit there like an idiot balling my eyes out. So I did all three.
And then Griese was given the MVP. The guy that threw a chair through the window at Skeepers. The walkon who was banished from the team. The overshadowed child who played under his father's glare with the whole country watching. So I cried some more. REDEMPTION. For him and me. I graduated with honors two years later, making the dean's list every semester after that.
That was the highest of highs. But It wasn't long until we reached some pretty bad lows. We had high expectations and then lost to ND. And I got stuck in a 4 hour traffic jam on the way home. That sucked. And then we were losing to McNabb by 17 the next week before I could even get to my seat. But the team improved. Every year we were very good. Always so close, but so far from winning it all again. There was the Drew Henson fiasco at MSU. Anthony Thomas's fumble against Northwestern. I remember thinking after those games when I didn't blame those kids. I blamed the fact that those teams were even within a touchdown of us at all. Remember when we could feel like other teams were so inferior to us that we should NEVER lose to them? ... ...
Even as I moved from city to city, and people came into and out of my life, Michigan football was a constant in my life. A blissfull reminder of goodtimes past.
That is, until last year.
Last year I gave up on the team. And sadly, it didn't make much difference in my life.
I tried. I was excitied. I was full of hope. I supported a guy who would later become a felon. I saw our team have nail biters against some of the best teams in the country. But I also saw a defense that was undermanned. I saw raw inexperienced players on offense. I saw a roster in tatters.
And what's worse is that I saw a team quit. I saw a team regress. I didn't watch the last four games of the season, because I already knew what the outcome would be.
With the season over, I stood back at arms length. I was fed up with recruiting rumors. I was sick of people leaving the program. The transfers, the defections to the pros. I thought the first year was a mulligan, but it continued.
Remember when Lloyd would threaten a kid with transfer papers, but then the kid would rise to the challenge and get even better? Now it seems that when a kid is challenged, he just transfers. Where is our support system? What is going on?
I don't want Rich Rod to be fired. That would probably be the absolute worst thing for this program. I want to be full of hope. But our situation at DB is not only discouraging, it's downright frightening.
So I wanted to take this moment, the calm before the storm, to remenisce about how things used to be.
This is going to be a long season. Even our best hopes for this year would have been a terrible dissapointement just a decade ago. I'm sure I'll get angry. I'm sure there'll be mitigating factors. So the only thing I can do is to not completely flame up the board after something frustratingly infuriating happens.
But I do have some hope. Our offense may very well be good. And maybe I'm in for a surpise on defense. I hope so. But I'm not expecting it.
Someone once told me that the key to happiness is having a reality that exceeds your expectations. Well thanks to "Angry _______ Michigan Hating God", my expectations are quite low.
Unfortunately, as I sit here 10,000 km away, Michigan football has already lost some of the things I most loved about it. I have no fellow alumni near me to cheer with. And I'd rather not discuss football with the green&white relatives (or even the friggen purple relatives, OMG I don't even feel superior to northwestern fans anymore).
Anyway, to wrap this up, I'll list some of my hopes for the season. A few years ago I wrote a wishlist, none of which came true. So now I don't even have wishes. Just hopes.
1. I hope we win 6 games
2. I hope we go to a bowl
3. I hope Denard Robinson has a better passer rating than Terrelle Pryor
4. I hope the stadium is louder than ever thanks to the new architecture and mic'd band
5. I hope we win more than one conference game
6. I hope we don't have any (ANY) more injuries in the secondary
7. I hope we beat OSU
8. I hope we beat MSU
9. I hope we don't have any more transfers
10. I hope Richrod won't be fired.
Maybe there is no real desire to go to 16 teams. I can't fathom how that would even work. Maybe there is a half-hearted desire to go to 14 teams if the television markets are worth it.
But I tend to think all this talk is just smoke being blown up Jack Swarbrick's ass.
Here's how the meeting goes down: (imagine 1920's gangster voices for this)
JD: This is your last chance, Goldy. Join the big ten or else!
JS: Or else what? We don't need you! WE've got a TV contract with NBC!
JD: Yeah, you got NBC, "nothing but crap". Your little contract mighta looked good back when you signed it, but it's worth nothing more than a bag of fleas now, see.
JS: Whaduya mean? We're the richest school on the block. Kids grow up dreaming about playing for us. We're the stuff of legends.
JD: You know what legends have in common? They're all long dead and buried. Just like you're gonna be, if you turn us down again.
JS: You're bluffing. You got nothing.
JD: Nah, see, that's where you're wrong Goldy. It's you that's got nothing. Whaduya got? You got 25 hours on a network that likes to lose money on sports. They just spent all winter undressing the olympics. ND football, it's just like men's figure skating in their eyes. WE got a WHOLE FRIGGIN network. 24-7-365. WE could buy you out 6 times over. We could dump the stock just to watch you burn. But we happen to want to help you. This is your only option.
JS: IT'S NOT A TUMOR! We could still join the Big East in football, just like the rest of our sports.
JD: Naw, Goldy. You can't. They're ain't gonna be no Big East. Not when we get done with it...
JS: Whaduya gonna do?
JD: We're gonna take half their teams. We already had our accountants work up the papers, see. We're taking Pitt, Syracuse, Uconn, even friggen Rutgers. What's left will be absorbed into the ACC and some small fish will be thrown back into the conf. USA pond. It's over Goldy. You got no place to turn.
JS: We'll stay independent then! Ain't no way we'll be joining your Godless commie conference.
JD: Oh, sure. You could try that. But tell me something, Mr. Smartypants? Who ya gonna play? You won't be playing Pitt anymore. Or Syracuse or Rutgers or even friggen Purdue! You know that 20 year contract you signed with Michigan... ... CONFETTI! And remember that cute little blonde you been seeing out west in the pac10 every year? Well let's just say that she's gonna be busy with other suitors. MWAHAHAHAhaha
JD: You've been backed into a corner. There's no escape. Join us.
JS: NEVER! WE'LL NEVER JOIN YOU! OVER ROCKNE'S DEAD BODY!
JD: Rockne's dead, Goldy. Long dead. And there's something he never told you about us-
JS: He told us enough! He told us you were a giant suckhole!
JD: No, you are the giant suckhole.
JS: NOOOOO!! THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!!
JD: Search your feelings. You know it to be true. How many bowl games have you won in the last 16 years? One friggen game. How old are your recruits? Exactly. You've been a giant suckhole for their entire lives.
JS: no... ... Lou... why didn't you tell me?
JD: But that can all change. Join us, and together we can rule the BCS as we were meant to.
Kinda shifted towards starwars at the end, but you get the idea.
I think Delaney has always had ND as target #1 but knew that they'd only say yes under DIRE circumstances. And so, he's spent the last year or so creating the impression of dire circumstances.
I'm sure there are real plan B's and C's. But I'm guessing none of them really involve 16 teams.
Anyway,I'm pretty interested to see how this all shakes out.
Well, it's the offseason, BBall and Hockey both look like they're going to miss tournament play, and even the Redwings are flirting with missing the playoffs in like 2 decades. I can't bring myself to watch and analyze the football replays because I already know the conclusion: we're not a very good team yet. Sports are not very entertaining to me right now.
So, what's a guy to do with all his spare time? A guy who's a bit anal and likes to think in spreadsheets...How about doing a cost/benefit analysis for all the seeds available in farmville!! And it's not even completely OT because I remember Brian and Tim talking about it once in a podcast.
The questions is; 'what to plant?' That depends on three major considerations. A) Do you want to maximize money? or B) Do you want to maximize experience and C) How much time are trying to waste on this stupid game? I think this calls for a chart!
As you can see, the seeds that take the shortest amount of time to mature are the best ones to plant for experience due to the fact that you get 1 xp each time you plow the land. The seeds that take longer to mature generally give better profit because you don't lose out on the 15 coins for each plow.
The trade off is that seeds with short incubation periods require much more time from you to be clicking away at them. This is reduced somewhat after you can afford the vehicles.
The efficiency numbers for profit and xp are actually exaggerated a bit for the quicker seeds because you usually waste some time between when the crops are ready and when you actually harvest them. So think of the chart as a best case scenario. This wasted time decreases as a percentage for the longer incubation seeds.
You also have to consider the risk of missing a harvest interval and losing your crops. So quick seeds carry two negatives, a higher risk of loss, and more loss due to time loss.
Another interesting point is to see what effect mastering a seed to level 3 will have. After you reach mastery, the crops will give extra experience what seems like a little more than half the time. So the last column is just an approximation. But what it does is make raspberries a much better tool for gaining xp quickly.
There are also two limited time seeds listed right now. As you can see, the super pumpkin is off the charts, so if you have the time to make harvesting appointments, you really shouldn't be planting anything else.
Another bowl season, who will make the cut?
BigTen? SEC? XII? who knows?
Maybe some undefeated team from Boise, Idaho?
The fans from afar in cold weather bluster,
Pray for their team, a winning effort to muster.
But sadly not I, for my team has no bowl.
My wolverines have failed in achieving their goals.
The winged helmet it seems has lost some of its luster,
And so in lieu, I watch some non-automatic qualifying BCS buster.
And lament for shame what could have been
But alas, a second rebuilding season for poor Michigan
Rich Rodriguez, I know your job ain't easy,
And I doubt the media who tries to paint you as sleazy.
But I know your spread option, I know your receiver splits.
I know your defensive alignment, and I know your zone blitz.
And I know that winning isn't just about X's and O's.
It's also about Jimmies and Joes.
It's about guys named Tate and Denard
It's about desire, and playing hard.
But 1 and 7 in conference just isn't good enough!
It's time to get angry! It's time to get tough!
It's time to put the best players on the field
Regardless of whether all egos are healed.
It's time to be creative again.
Time to make their coach's head spin!
Put Shoelace and Sunshine out together,
Their combined skill will overcome any kind of weather.
It's time to let the Freep know who's boss.
It's time to eliminate the upset loss.
It's time to regain our position we've earned
And time to show us the lessons you've learned.
Stop hedging and hawing for a day that may never come
Because if you don't win now, there will be anger from some
And hatred from others, and a pink slip too
Our patience has worn thin, we of the maize and blue.
So now is the time for do or die.
And these words, I promise you, are not a lie,
If you don't deliver a winning season,
You will be fired for just reason.
A new AD comes next year,
And his stamp, he'll want to have appear
So just win, and everything will take care of itself,
And we'll drink to you, and your health.
We'll sing for the colors that float through the night
And bring in the new decade in the right
Six wins, a bowl, and some hope, no less,
Will win you the praise of the 'leaders and best'.
Why does it suck? Because unlike the close losses to MSU and Iowa where the team showed progress, this is a major regression. It's not even 'take one step forward, two steps back' this is moonwalking back to last year.
I feel sorry for Brandon Graham to be getting very little help from the rest of the team in this game. Oh, and zoltan is doing ok. oooooh boy.
This game sucks because all of the things that went wrong today are things we've seen before. These are all lingering problems that just haven't been corrected. Well at least we haven't fumbled a punt or a kickoff... ... YET.
Let's take stock.
- Molk and Odoms get dinged up, so grady (19) promplty drops two passes to kill a drive
- Denard throws a pick when we were running well, one play after he overthrew koger
- Tate is throwing everything low and looks like a nancy boy out there in the cold. Someone needs to take him to a fraternity and have the boys tie him up to the delta gamma anchor all night without any clothes on so he gets used to the cold.
- Carlos fumbled
- Denard fumbled
- Tate holds the ball too long
- Bad snap costs us a safety
- Bad snap costs us a touchdown
- Ezeh one on one is nearly = DEATH, and the safeties split and had no idea about staying as 'deep as the deepest'
- Mike Williams missed a tackle
- Mike Williams missed a tackle
- Mike Williams missed a tackle
- We're giving their receivers too much room on the goal line
- They could run bubble screens and 0 yard hitches for 7-8 yard gains all day long.
- We can't complete the fricken flare
Oh yeah, and we had a ton of stupid penalties from the O-line, holding, misalignment, false start. Today we looked undisciplined as a team.
I'm completely disgusted. I'm not saying the sky is falling, but damn, we can't be digging ourselves into holes and hope to win against good teams. We'll probably win the next two weeks and be 7-3 with two tough games to finish the season. Right now it's looking like 7-5 which is what people were saying before the season and represents a huge step forward from last year.
But still. This game sucks. At least it's only one game.