This is a good read on something that Brian has brought up a few times.
Smart Football on the Midline Read
As I was reading this, I couldn't help but wonder if we don't do the midline read for fear that Denard gets eaten alive.
Michigan runs Denard through the middle of the line plenty on QB iso, right? Granted he has a lead blocker who isolates on a linebacker rather than reading a defensive tackle, but he's still bursting through the interior line.
I don't think the coaching staff worries about an injury to players when drawing up a gameplan and implementing it. Denard is the QB and he has to run the offense. If part of that offense is a certain scheme and/or play call that will defeat a defensive scheme and Denard can run it, I assume the coaches are going to call it. If Denard gets hurt (God forbid!) there are backups for exactly this reason. The fear of injury to the team's best player cannot dictate the gameplan. Otherwise, they are doomed before they even hit the turf.
the coaches are going to do it(maybe I'm wrong) this year because Denard is still missing reads from basic zone read. IMO, once he master the read, I think that the other variation of zone read will come.
Heck, Auburn's QB has been running a LOT of midline this year, along with QB iso and the stretch play, and he's a first year player. You look at that throw back to the TE we did for our first TD last week--that was something we hadn't done all year but they inserted it in practice, ran it dozens of times there, and put it in the game successfully. It's not like Denard needs tons more reps to get better at the stretch zone read.
Cam Newton is a 70's Dodge Charger and Denard is a shifty Italian sportscar. Sometimes on the inside runs you need a little more power to break through a hand that might be reaching out even though they're blocked. I'm OK with Denard not running much up the middle, not b/c of fear of injury, but the fact that he's more speed and juke than break tackles.
Playing in the band, perhaps?
Hey Fred, great to "see" you. I will indeed be at the game, but I'm not doing Blast From The Past this year. I've actually only played in the alumni band once since I graduated. I enjoyed it and keep saying I'm going to do it again. I really need to get back into playing; I can count on one hand the number of times I've picked up a trombone since 2000.
I assume you're going to be playing? Hope all is well with you.
What i have never understood about this play:
What is the read here? How does the QB decide whether to keep it or hand off?
With the zone read off the DE it seems more clear....b/c the DE either heads towards the playside or maintains QB contain on the backside. Those are 2 distinct directions.
But since the DT is in the middle of the field to begin with, it makes it much easier for him to adjust....there's not much ground at all for him to make up. He could just hang out there in the middle....since he's unblocked....and head in the direction of the ball.
(And yes, I know DTs are much slower than your average RB and spread QB. But, left unblocked they can get into the backfield quickly and without committing in a certain direction....so what's the QB basing his read on?)
Can somone explain? Sorry for my epic failure of football comprehension, but, I've been trying to figure this play out for awhile and still don't really get it.
It's still one defender going after two offensive players. He has to head in the direction of one of them.