Northwestern Snowflakes - The Offense

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on September 30th, 2018 at 12:00 PM

This will be your thread for snowflakes and hot takes on the offense and offensive playcalling. 



September 29th, 2018 at 8:58 PM ^

Yuck?  They put up almost 400 yards.  No turnovers.  One series completely robbed by the Mars call.  Another was flat out dripped by McKeon.  This offense has the ability to be good, and the floor is mediocre.  Tonight was a shade or two better than mediocre.

If this is the bad, and the good is what we've seen against our last few, it's still an improvement.

Ron Utah

September 30th, 2018 at 12:38 AM ^

It’s clear that whatever the staff is doing to prepare the team mentally is not working. But hidden behind the passing game’s pathetic start was a good gameplan and even better pass protection. 

While Shea did win us the game with some gutty play at the end, his start was awful. He missed checkdowns for easy yards on early downs and overthrew open receivers. His feet were nervous despite very good protection. 

The running game was actually quite efficient until the play calling sputtered late and the only calls were A gap runs. Higdon played extremely well. 

We need to find a way to start road games mentally prepared. Other than that and early mechanical issues from our QB—which were offset by some late heroics—this game looked like another step forward to me. 


September 29th, 2018 at 11:23 PM ^

Knock it off. Seriously I cant take the “saving” crap anymore. The last 7 first down plays were dives up the gut that equaled 3 TOTAL YARDS! Every play Shea made that was our last hope wouldve been much easier to execute if called on first. Slant, screen, PA, anything. 6 of those 7 couldve been incomplete and we wouldve got more with 1 completed pass. That was Borges style bad with a dominate offense. Thank you Shea for saving our ass. Too bad you coaches made those calls on 7 in coverage and not 4 on first.


September 29th, 2018 at 8:40 PM ^

I was watching the fourth quarter as we came back and the at least 8 if not more runs ups the middle where we got approx 1 yard per carry on every one. 

Pass blocking was fine, not great but good enough. As the announcers pointed out, the way we were able to run was to spread the field since we couldn't run conventionally 


September 30th, 2018 at 12:38 AM ^

This was a comment I made to some of the others I was watching the game with. That it felt kinda like some of the Lloyd games where Michigan would go on the road and either get behind or let an inferior opponent hang around until the 4th quarter - then they'd just exert control. You could see one team making incremental improvements from drive to drive while the other one ran out of the ideas they'd worked out during the bye week.

The conventional run plays were frustrating, but set up a lot of the other components of the offense. And while Northwestern is not even a good team in many respects they are a top-20 rushing defense for sure. Their D-tackles are quality pluggers, the Gaz is the Gaz and Paddy Fisher is a legit run-killing LB.

The big problem was coming out flat-footed again and some of the penalties (the legit ones).


September 29th, 2018 at 8:46 PM ^

Fair enough--did you think the eight for so times we ran the ball up there middle in the 4th Q and got nothing more than 1 yard each time--when we really needed it--showed that the line played "fine?" My definition is different than yours. Did you think our having to put three wide sets way outside so we could run showed the strength of the line? Did you think being on the 4 yard line of NW and not giving it to Mason but instead going spread wide and empty was a good play call?

Our pass blocking was fine. But take away Shea's scrambles and like three Higdon runs and the stats are very bad for the run.