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Base Defense: Still Cover 4 MEG. 3-3-5 nickel package.
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QB Situation I really don't think Rudock got any help from his receivers. His INT was just about a perfect throw, he also had a TE drop one that hit him in the gut. I thought, for the most part, his accuracy was good, arm strength was good enough. Where he struggled, IMO, was his eyes and getting to the right spot in his progressions on time. Missed a open bench route that should have been his first or second read in his progression (based on defensive key) that lead to Iowa's first punt, for instance.My feelings don't really change on him. He's a guy that is above average in a lot of ways but stands out in few. He struggles getting off of primary reads on time and is at times late getting the ball out of his hands. What this leads to is that by the time he makes his initial read, his primary is now covered and the defense has been able to collapse on the underneath routes, leaving less potential for run after catch (this is scene in his low YPA, despite his nice completion percentage). One of the things I was most impressed with Harbaugh's QBs throughout his time in college though, was that all of them learned to get rid of the ball on time and very quickly. The style of offense changes for Rudock to much more of a quick read O (most of the progressions go from short to deep in Harbaugh's offense) from the longer developing routes Iowa often runs, so that may help Rudock a bit more in that area.
Beathard might have a little bit better arm strength, though his ball wobbles a bit more. But where he separated himself to me was that he tended to see the field better. Not always on time, but he got the ball where it needed to be eventually. With such a run heavy offense, a lot of the routes will be slower developing, so at least getting it where it needs to be is a good thing, or at least a significant enough improvement.
At the end of the day, I'd have to see the two of them more regularly to make up my mind on who I'd prefer though, this is a small sample size without much separation.