Snowflakes Thread: Offense Vs. Maryland

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on October 3rd, 2015 at 3:26 PM

This will be your thread for thoughts and hot takes on the offense and offensive playcalling in our game versus Maryland.

This one could be interesting today.

Comments

Danwillhor

October 3rd, 2015 at 5:54 PM ^

another great defensive showing but you can see what we're not great at even on that side. Any team that has shifty WRs and a QB to get it to them will score enough to win if we can't keep up. Offense has to hit those open deep balls and we can't be as weak in the running game. I think we're good but closer to the back of the top-25 than front. BYU seems to be an above average team but Maryland is a joke and hung with us for an entire half even with very advantageous turnovers, the big Butt (couldn't help it lol) play, etc. We can't stall like that.

UMForLife

October 3rd, 2015 at 3:31 PM ^

Smith is the MVP for this team. Without him, the offense cannot sustain, especially when they need less than three yards for a first down. Hope Drake gets it going... That would be wonderful having both Smith and Drake. Rudock has to get better. However, I don't see too many teams challenging M.

go16blue

October 3rd, 2015 at 4:08 PM ^

A game manager who turns the ball over twice a game isn't much of a game manager. Also, I don't think asking him to hit any of the 2-3 wide open deep guys he gets a game is that high of a bar to clear. If he could even threaten to do that it would open up this offense so much.

All that having been said, I don't know if thin ice is the right way to put it. If Shane was even close to being better we would have seen something from him by now.

RJWolvie

October 3rd, 2015 at 3:40 PM ^

We could see #M00N again next week. Tho it'll feel different this time around. A good #M00N not a bad #M00N. NW defense is good, our O meh at best. UM defense is great, NW O is bleh. Early prediction: we win, 5 to 0, with the points explosion coming in the 4th Q

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LSAClassOf2000

October 3rd, 2015 at 3:41 PM ^

Although you definitely feel the effects of no De'Veon Smith, we got some good moments from Drake Johnson, I thought. Final line on Johnson was 13 carries for 68 yards, a shade north of five yards per carry. Actually, we got 134 of out 198 yards of rushing from two people, which could be interpreted in a few ways, some of which relate to some bad run blocking in the first half. I would have been interested to see some less vanilla plays, but there was no reason to bring them out really. 

WholeMilk

October 3rd, 2015 at 3:45 PM ^

I wonder how much the uncertainties in the weather forecast affected their preparations. It was a bit windy, so not a good day to throw a lot. And lacking De'veon in this situation was a factor. Ultimately, the D and the ST put them in good position and the O got it going.

Leonhall

October 3rd, 2015 at 3:45 PM ^

Few things, first our qb is not going to win games on his own. Second, we need deveon and Drake. Three, I thought the play calling was very blah. Fourth, Rudock definitely struggles with long ball, although arguably, chesson should have caught one. Fifth? If like to see more Darboh and Butt.

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Leonhall

October 3rd, 2015 at 3:46 PM ^

Few things, first our qb is not going to win games on his own. Second, we need deveon and Drake. Three, I thought the play calling was very blah. Fourth, Rudock definitely struggles with long ball, although arguably, chesson should have caught one. Fifth? If like to see more Darboh and Butt.

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Jamezz23

October 3rd, 2015 at 3:48 PM ^

We did miss smith, no doubt but other than Isaac fumbling twice our rbs played pretty good. Offensive line struggled to make holes and Rudock continues to play average.

Firstbase

October 3rd, 2015 at 4:07 PM ^

...most teams we play will load the box to stop the run and dare Rudock to beat them with mid-range and longer passes. If he can connect on a couple of 20-yard+ passes per game, defenses will be forced to respect him which will open lanes for the run.

 

The Mad Hatter

October 3rd, 2015 at 3:51 PM ^

We only play good offense for half of the game? First half against BYU, second half against MD.

Hell, if we actually play a full game of offense we'll be putting up 50 points.

Jeff09

October 3rd, 2015 at 3:57 PM ^

The offense is currently structured as throwing a ton of body blows (power up the middle) that is designed to get the opponent to drop their gloves (cheat inside with linebackers and safeties).

The reason we've been scoring on huge plays after lots of nothing is because that's when Harbaugh is throwing the huge punches to the head (end arounds, screens, PA passes to tight ends) when the opponent finally drops those gloves. He just saved it all for the second half, which is why things looked so ugly to start.

Once we're finally able to get 5 ypc on those body blows (we're not good enough for that yet) we're going to start mauling defenses. We're not there yet but in the next 2-3 years I'm expecting to see some punishing offenses.

gwkrlghl

October 3rd, 2015 at 3:59 PM ^

I suspect we were playing reserved a bit. I hate to use that as an excuse but it was like we weren't trying much of the game.

Iso up the gut
Iso up the gut
Iso off tackle
Iso up the gut

but when we needed it Harbaugh usually had a little trick to get it moving. Wouldn't surprise me to see some tom-foolery against NW and State