I break down interesting plays - schematicall, technically, and from an execution standpoint - from the 2021 Michigan State at Miami football game.
Some general thoughts:
A few thoughts
- Walker continues to show his great vision and ability to erase angles. Haven't seen a lot from him between the tackles, but with the edges open he should take it. But it is TBC on if OL can/will consistently create holes on inside runs and if Walker can consistently make hay from it.
- Speaking of OL, in the run they still continue to at least get to targets pretty well. Saw them wash down the Miami DL a lot, aided a bit by how much movement Miami uses up front (another reason why attacking the edges vs the middle makes sense), but not a ton of push or mashing doubles on the inside. Pass pro was a little rougher this game, but that's expected with how many exotic pressures Miami runs.
- Thorne's presence in the pocket has been great so far, and his placement on short routes even under pressure is giving guys a chance to make plays. One thing to look for, there are very few down field passes. Is this a function of Miami defense? Hard to tell because most of the camera angles sucked. But I think there were only two throws 15+ yards downfield. Not worried about arm strength in that phase, but timing, reads, accuracy may be a concern.
- DL continues to do their thing. Very disciplined, especially in the run, especially at DE.
- LBs had a bit of an up and down day. You see flashes of good things, see the effort and physicality from most of the group, but the actual execution is still a work in progress.
- Outside CBs look more comfortable in man, but inside coverage is not. Getting a lot of coverages that are very safe, staying deeper and forcing things underneath, which means mostly zone (Cover 3 and Cover 4 MOD it looks like) so far. We'll see how comfortable mixing in Cover 1 throughout the year. One thing though, is if they continue this strategy, tackling on the outside needs to get cleaned up.
First play of the game, Miami tries naked boot and backside DE is in perfect position to contain pic.twitter.com/619SBqXY3m— Space Coyote (@SpaceCoyoteBDS) September 20, 2021