The Snowflake Thread: Defense

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on September 20th, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Due to the uncertainty of weather, this goes up early...

This thread will be your official repository for thoughts on defense and the general defensive playcalling. 

Comments

Wolverine Devotee

September 20th, 2014 at 7:14 PM ^

I pray for this team, this program, the mods, Brian and Ace, and last but not least,

Sam, Ira and Jamie Morris. WTKA is going to be armageddon. 

Oh, the defense did well in the first half. But the game is not over yet. For some reason. 

enlightenedbum

September 20th, 2014 at 7:14 PM ^

Lot of individual bright spots (Lewis and Henry, notably).  Two major busts and wore down some in the second half.  Not bad.

With any support from the other 2 units, that's an effort you can win a football game with.  Still only a B/B+ though.  We really needed an A/A- squad this year.

snowcrash

September 20th, 2014 at 7:21 PM ^

One bust in the first half when we blitzed into a screen, and one horrible sequence at the beginning of the second half, but apart from that the D got the better of Utah. Unfortunately, the offense isn't even up to the level of a train wreck and we gifted Utah another TD on special teams.

alum96

September 20th, 2014 at 7:25 PM ^

Lewis was a bright light.  DL was getting some pressure.  Defense looked ready for first half.  Looks like Utah made changes at half and we had no answers.  That was sad. 

I made a comment on live blog is our team is MSU after 2 games in 2013 - bad offense combined with a good defense.  Not quite as good as theirs but with a decent offense this defense is good enough to compete in the Big 10.  But I was disappointed at the energy after the half.  Not sure what happened - Utah made some changes and suddenly dudes were wide open and run game came alive. 

LSAClassOf2000

September 20th, 2014 at 7:32 PM ^

Again, I put these threads up now in the event this game does not resume, which given the weather moving through is a realistic possibility. In any case, to this point, we've given up on 261 yards to Utah across 54 plays (26 passing, 28 rushing, so fairly balanced), so that's an average of 4.83 yards per play overall, but only 2.1 yards per play rushing. Again, the defense - save for a few instances - has been doing what we would expect them to do. 

YoOoBoMoLloRoHo

September 20th, 2014 at 7:34 PM ^

The blitz into a screen was his fault. D came out flat in the 2nd half. Soft corner play gave them enough yardage to feel comfortable on 3rd down.

Lewis played well. Ryan was tearing it up. DLine looked slow. Henry had a few spurts. Peppers was hidden.

Just OK. Certainly not impressive like GMatt indicated a few weeks ago.

PDX Blue

September 21st, 2014 at 11:02 AM ^

It seems Mattison gets credit for the solid defense and gets a pass for the big plays given up. There was no reason to blitz in that situation. Also, the blitzes are rarely disguised. Most QBs, unless it is their 1st time playing, can see the blitzes coming an make an adjustment. In the case of the screen that busted for 70 yards, no point in sending an all out blitz, especially when it is 3rd and long IIRC.

I recall a few other instances where we showed blitz, the offense recognized it, made checks, and we still blitzed, giving up an easy completion on 3rd down. That being said, the defense is not the problem, or actually a problem. Perhaps some of Mattison's jawing with Hoke is because he knows that they need to pitch a shutout or give up zero TDs to stay in games.

I liked seeing the fire from Mattison. Would have liked seeing more from Hoke.

ehatch

September 20th, 2014 at 7:43 PM ^

I thought the defense played well.  However, I think the biggest drive of the game was immediately after our defense scored.  Utah drove down the field on the defense and kicked a field goal and left no time for our offense to cross midfield and punt.  I think Utah took that confidence into the locker room, some adjustments at half and they scored again.  Game. Over.  

Also only 2 turnovers forced all year.  With our POS offense you need to give them a short field to work with.  

ehatch

September 20th, 2014 at 7:43 PM ^

I thought the defense played well.  However, I think the biggest drive of the game was immediately after our defense scored.  Utah drove down the field on the defense and kicked a field goal and left no time for our offense to cross midfield and punt.  I think Utah took that confidence into the locker room, some adjustments at half and they scored again.  Game. Over.  

Also only 2 turnovers forced all year.  With our POS offense you need to give them a short field to work with.  

reshp1

September 20th, 2014 at 7:43 PM ^

I'm less anxious about the corners after this game. They went against some good WRs today and came away fine. There was some dinking and dunking that's essentially fine, and one bust that was on Dymonte on a crossing route. Other than that Lewis locked his side down and Countess and Peppers were at least close enough to tackle right away. Safety play is still a bit sketchy, Dymonte didn't have a very good game from what I could see. Our DL is legit and living up to the hype, that Clark sack was as impressive as I've seen. Linebackers were ok, good against the run, kinda iffy when asked to cover.

Just wasn't enough to compensate for an offense that can't get past the 25 though.

Newblue7

September 20th, 2014 at 7:47 PM ^

So, when are we going to realize that Gardner does not have the techniques to be the starting quarterback? Hoke and staff should be criticized, but so should Gardner for not taking it upon himself to play like a 5th year senior.

westwardwolverine

September 20th, 2014 at 8:00 PM ^

Defense is 2011-12 good. They aren't as quality as I thought they would be this year. I was thinking they'd leap into a top 10 nationally ranked unit and be battling Sparty for best in the conference. 

WineAndSpirits

September 20th, 2014 at 8:42 PM ^

Defense pretty solid

Aside from a couple of busted plays, the defense looked good. Our run D is very good. Pass D is where the gaps are. How much is due to injuries... I can't say for sure.

Step off from the ledge on this side of the ball.

WineAndSpirits

September 20th, 2014 at 8:42 PM ^

Defense pretty solid

Aside from a couple of busted plays, the defense looked good. Our run D is very good. Pass D is where the gaps are. How much is due to injuries... I can't say for sure.

Step off from the ledge on this side of the ball.