First Game Blocking Observations

Submitted by Go.Blue.Hail on September 1st, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I've been watching though some of the highlights and other parts of the game, and trying to assess some of the blocking. The internet sucks here, so I am kind of limited as to my resources. Also, I'm just a casual fan and don't know that much about offensive line blocking schemes. These are just my observations, please share your own if you have more or different ones. Here's a little bit of what I've seen:

TE's

- Williams: Seemed to be able to block anyone in a white and maroon uniform

- Funchess: Stood up a DE a couple times, seems much improved from last year

- Butt: Struggles with block on safety (Haven't found a lot a lot of film on him)

OL

- Lewan: Same old Taylor

- Schofield: Excellent play

- Kalis: Awesome at zone run blocking. Definitely has that mean streak

- Glasgow: Pulled very well on Toussaint's 2nd(?) TD, but didn't really hit anyone. Does pretty well in pass protection at keeping defender in front, occasionally gets shoved back

- Miller: Gets the least amount of push of any of the linemen, looked alright in pass protection. Whiffed on second level at least once.

Overall a pretty nice performance from the line compared to last year.

Receivers, especially Chesson and Reynolds look good.

Toussaint had a nice blitz pickup that I noticed and might have whiffed on another (couldn't catch number with bad quality video)

 

Comments

no joke its hoke

September 1st, 2013 at 7:17 PM ^

I'm no oline guru but I thought Miller was awful. I saw a few plays were he just didn't block anyone at all. The rest of the line was OK. I'm pretty worried about that ND dline having its way with Miller.

IndyBlue90

September 1st, 2013 at 7:20 PM ^

I think Chesson, is an ex-factor on long runs. It seems like he's the guy that's taking 10-15 yard runs and making them  20+. He had a good block to allow Devin to waltz in on his first TD and an even better one to give Green's long run, where he sealed two maybe three guys inside and allowed Green to go untouched into the secondary. It seems like any time he made it into frame on a running play he was engaged with a defender and winning.

bronxblue

September 2nd, 2013 at 10:59 AM ^

I agree.  Chesson looked really good out there blocking the LBs.  Probably why the buzz around him was strong during the off-season; if he can seal like he did against CMU, he'll see the field all year.

jtmc33

September 1st, 2013 at 7:25 PM ^

Chesson had the block of the game... On a 0 yard run. On Tousaint's run over LT, Chesson blocked down on a LB (or Nickel?) and blew him up... Fitz tripped over the guy as he was sprawled on the ground. No gain. Amazing block

stephenrjking

September 1st, 2013 at 10:11 PM ^

At the very least, on the goal-line Fitz run to the left that got stuffed because there were Central guys everywhere, the major fault was Miller. The NT blew past him and wound up two yards in the backfield, and Fitz had to stop and get around him.

The weight of anecdotes of bad Miller plays suggests that there are issues, and this bears out some of the worries from camp.

Doesn't mean he will cost us a game, and it doesn't necessarily mean that he was "awful," but it is quite reasonable to worry about center going forward.

LSAClassOf2000

September 1st, 2013 at 7:58 PM ^

There were quite a few notable blocks by the offensive line, but my personal favorite was when Kalis more or less Branch'd CMU defensive lineman Blake Serpa, allowing Gardner to make that 22-yard TD run. We seemed to be doing OK on the interior for most of the game.

Pulled P

September 1st, 2013 at 10:15 PM ^

regarding AJ Williams. Granted I'm not a professional and I didn't do a full UFR, but I did rewind and saw some of the first half runs, and AJ was the main culprit on at least two of the blown opportunities.

oldcityblue

September 2nd, 2013 at 12:23 AM ^

First game or not, blocking problms can be easily erased by simple communication. Proper game planning and strategy are terribly important here, so if someone happens to block the T.V. at a critical juncture, you may think perhaps the execution was lacking, but most likely your game planning wasn't good enough. They weren't ready, and it's your fault. You have to be diligent and inform them to the proper schemes and etiquette necessary for a block-free experience. However, if you didn't plan ahead and it is now only mere minutes to kickoff, just instruct them to stay seated until the commercials. Pretty basic and really not thread-worthy stuff here, guys.

JayMo4

September 2nd, 2013 at 2:59 PM ^

All the talk about Miller and Glasgow, I think it's worth noting how well Kalis performed for a RS freshman playing for the first time.  If he's looking this solid now, I can only imagine what kind of 4th or 5th year player he's gonna turn into.