One Frame At A Time: Purdue Comment Count

Ace September 27th, 2017 at 12:00 PM

In case you looked at the season stats and wondered "is Rashan Gary actually that terrifying," the answer very much remains YES RUN AWAY OH GOD IT'S TOO LATE.

[Hit THE JUMP for hits, John O'Korn, bigger hits, a very special dance, extremely big hits, and the Dread Pirate Bush.]


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Harbaugh: what just happened?
Premature signalation.
Bredeson pancake.
Poggi catch and truck.
Raging Purdue DC: one, two, three.
Harbaugh to O'Korn: I call the plays.
Block M graphic with several luminaries.

10. Cut and Run

Henry Poggi gets a great two-for-one block on the edge to spring Chris Evans for the touchdown. Multiple impact fullbacks? Multiple impact fullbacks.

9. John O'Korn 2.0, Now With Pinpoint Accuracy

no no no no no HOT DAMN:

Cover zero, about to get hella targeted, no problem:

Splitting the wickets:

Dropped in the bucket:

Six points:

New starting quarterback? We certainly think so.

8. The Kids Are Alright

Cornerback doesn't appear to be a problem. Part one:

Part two:

Part three, wsg Devin Bush:

7. The Duality of the Hammering Panda

The good: still hammerin' people. Poor damn #3 had just checked into the game:

The bad: clearly did something to a ref in a past life. For the second time this year, he was hit with an ineligible man downfield call despite lining up in the backfield:

Whatever he did, he's sorry, and also very confused.

6. John O'Korn, Escape Artist



Yeah, let's watch that again.

5. Mo Murders

RIP David Blough.

RIP Shield Guy.

Mo Hurst probably shouldn't be allowed to play special teams.

4. RIP Jet Sweep Guy

The scariest part is this barely slowed Gary's momentum.

3. RIP Elijah Sindelar

Good lord.

Sure, here's another Chase Winovich sack for good measure.

2. Dread Pirate Bush

Screen breakup:

Screen obliteration:

Flea flicker obliteration:

Dumpoff obliteration:

Human obliteration:



Please grant Chase Winovich infinite eligibility.


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September 27th, 2017 at 9:42 PM ^

It's essentially a jam, but you normally don't have a smaller guy that is running full speed get jammed by a lb. The play is actually supposed to go to that wr as a sort of throwback, but it is covered really well so the qb doesn't go there. 

Bo Glue

September 27th, 2017 at 12:14 PM ^

Not denying it's awesome, but why does Bush obliterate that guy instead of pursuing the play? Because the QB is still behind the LOS? I love watching it, just trying to understand.


September 27th, 2017 at 12:21 PM ^

Bush has his head on a swivel to read the route and the QB's intentions. When he hits the receiver the QB is in the midst of transitioning from rolling out to pass to becoming a ballcarrier. He has plenty of help covering the QB so he destroys the route instead. Instinctive and correct play IMO.


September 27th, 2017 at 1:21 PM ^

He or Hudson have their assignments confused and they're double playing the same responsibility (TE). My guess is Metellus is correct here and Hudson free lanced his pass rush to the inside instead of setting the edge, but it could just as easily be Metellus missing a stunt call where he was supposed to replace Hudson on the edge.


September 27th, 2017 at 12:35 PM ^

Bush -> running back 

Mettelus -> tight end 

Hudson ->QB

Gary -> take on yet another double to free up everyone else

Michigan thinks a screen is going to either a tight end leaking out or the crossing running back.  Running back is ended by Bush so lets give him a check mark on his assignment and maybe a smiley face next to that.  Tight end never leaks out. Mettulus might have stuck with him for half a tick too long, but otherwise covers his assignment.  Gary moves two blockers back collapsing the pocket so let's igve him a check mark.  Hudson flows poorly here getting caught up in Gary's double initially leaving no player on the edge to force the ball back inside.  He is fast though and fasts his way over to eh QB a couple yards beyond the LOS.  Check minus. 


September 27th, 2017 at 1:09 PM ^

I'm plenty fine with him checking that assignment. The TE was making that move really late on the big pick up and TD. Bush and Met weren't going to get beat by that again.

I struggled with a pick this week.  Ended up with the RIP Ellijah because Bush gets him spinning and that hit came so hard from Winovich, I just couldn't stop watching. I had planned on picking the spin out fro the sack, because that was the play of the game, but oh well, the heart likes what the heart likes. 

I also had to watch where Hurst came from on the almost sack.  How these humans move so fast at that size is beyond me. 


September 27th, 2017 at 1:58 PM ^

Against Brohm's offense you don't want all 11 on defense swarming to the ball.  With all his throwbacks and trickeration you need to keep some players responsible on the other side of the field.  So you already have 3 guys flowing to the QB, plus he's still behind the LOS so a pass is still possible.

Malum In Se

September 27th, 2017 at 12:18 PM ^

Bush is just lighting guys up like Jefferson from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  Did someone at Purdue steal his car?

Hard to believe he is a true sophomore in his 1st year as a starter.  The next couple seasons with Don Brown and Bush are going to fun.


September 27th, 2017 at 12:25 PM ^

It doesn't even look like wanton violence to me.  Obviously he hits hard, but his motion is way too controlled, as shown by his ability to redirect and bring down guys who are trying to juke him.  Most guys who move that fast tend to get sidestepped and run by their targets because they're going all-out.  That doesn't work on Bush; it's more like he's wrestling his prey to the ground at 100mph than doing his best impression of a human bullet.


September 27th, 2017 at 12:59 PM ^

I know they don't play the same position, but the hype train on Jabrill was at full speed through four games last year. I did a quick comparison of their stats and Jabrill (Bush) had 32 (32) total tackles, 22 (20) solo, 10 (12) assisted, 2.5 (4.5) sacks. Jabrill also had a forced fumble, and Bush has 5 PD compared to 0 for Jabrill at this time. 

Bottom line, this kid is a joy to watch and statistically so far matches one of the more dominant players we've had. I'm not saying he's Jabrill, but I can't wait to watch him only get better.


September 27th, 2017 at 9:39 PM ^

but neither am I comfortable with saying he wasn't.  The way defense works is that the one who does the dirty work often isn't the one with the pretty stats.  This year, not to take away from anything they do, but the reason why Winovich and Bush are racking up TFLs is that Hurst, Gary and Furbush are opening things up for them.  Offenses have to account for them, including double-teaming Gary on the regular, so that leaves Winovich with single blocking and Bush sometimes as even a free hitter.  That sounds foolish on its face, but offenses have only so many blockers so if forced to choose they'd rather Bush or Winovich eat their QB than the much bigger Gary or Hurst.  But if that's how they compliment each other, who's the MVP?

I'm not qualified to quantify Peppers' contributions, but I do know that much of what he did was single-handedly shut down large chunks of opposing playbooks to the point that offenses didn't even run those plays.  Teams stopped throwing screens, for example, because Peppers would just destroy them.  The impact was there, but the stats weren't.  Beyond that, Brown said Peppers was often asked to cover TEs because he was a rare player of his size who could do that, and his assignments were so varied in order to hide what the defense was doing that it was "almost criminal" what they were asking of him.  When he could be anything from a deep safety to a middle linebacker, that makes the rest of the defense that much more effective, even if the stats don't show it.

I won't hide behind "defenses are units" to the extent that we can't say some defenders are more valuable than others, but it's not always about the stats.  UFR is a better indicator, but if anyone can say Peppers was or wasn't our defensive MVP last year, I'd defer to none other than Don Brown himself.

Malum In Se

September 27th, 2017 at 1:28 PM ^

Bush comes in under control and will good technique/foot work.  

Bush looks like he sees the game at a very advanced level.  Being the son of a coach does not just benfit QBs.  He clearly understands the opposing offense and our defense as well as anyone on the field.  That lightning fast recognition allows him to seek and destroy.