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gaps in the D

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Monday, June 17, 2013, 08:37

It's a hallmark of the Diaco defense to keep the ball in front of you and make the tackle, and that shows in how few big plays we give up. Overall we were great at preventing big plays in 2012: we gave up just 36 plays of 20+ yards all year, which was tied for 2nd fewest in the country. We gave up just 10 plays of 30+ yards, tied for 2nd fewest as well. In pass defense it was even fewer: just 16 passes completed against us of 25 yards or more.

Navy completed three long passes (in a game where Russell was probably still figuring out the position, and where passing was truly a surprise given the opponent). After that, it was

Miami (2, but a couple more dropped)
Oklahoma (2)
Purdue (1)
Pitt (1)
BC (1)
USC (1)
Michigan/Michigan State/BYU/WF/Stanford (0).

It has nagged me since the championship game that after giving up so few long passes all year long, Alabama was able to hit us for five of them: two to Norwood, two to Cooper, and one to Jones. Does this speak to superior scouting and play design by the Bama staff? Were we so worried about the run that we neglected better pass protection? Did we just have some mental errors? Were McCarron and his receivers simply better athletes than other teams we faced?

I'll clip each play and we can talk about it.



Pretty sure Matt Elam can fill them

by Rob (Rakes of Mallow), Chicago, Monday, June 17, 2013, 14:43 @ Jay

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I blame the safety

by Greg, sittin on the dock of the bay, Monday, June 17, 2013, 11:58 @ Jay

Hi, Busco!


Trust me

by Busco21, Monday, June 17, 2013, 12:24 @ Greg

that was the correct opinion many times in that game.

(You are still a bad person, throwing chum in the water like that)


1st drive, McCarron to Norwood for 29

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Monday, June 17, 2013, 09:00 @ Jay
edited by Jay, Monday, June 17, 2013, 09:03

It's the second play of the game for Bama after getting stuffed on a 1-yard run.

Here's the clip (at 1:42 of the video if the time link doesn't work for you)

Presnap read:


* Three receivers bunched left including Norwood who will catch the pass.

* Play is play-action fake to Lacy on the stretch left, bootleg right. Backfield receiver flows with the run motion and the TE goes to the flat taking Spond with him.

* Norwood runs a deep corner above Jackson, who's covering...nobody? Where's the safety, in this case Farley? Too late to cover him.

* McCarron finds Norwood on the deep out along the sideline for 29 yards. Wide open.




Couple of thoughts:

by Mike (bart), Monday, June 17, 2013, 09:15 @ Jay

I don't want to watch the video clips at the office, but I have a couple of possible explanations here:

- Motta seems to be filling run all the way, so I'm doubtful that we were in Cover 2. If we were in Cover 2, the blame would go to Jackson being caught staring into the backfield (30%), Farley playing passively in getting over to the corner (15%) and a nice route/throw by Alabama (55%),

- If, though, we were in Cover 3, the blame would shift to 65% Jackson for getting caught flat footed, 5% Farley for not being Harrison Smith and 30% execution by Alabama.


hard to tell at a glance which coverage we were in

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Monday, June 17, 2013, 09:31 @ Mike (bart)

See if I can diagram it.


I think it was Quarters, done poorly.

by Buck Mulligan, Martello Tower, Monday, June 17, 2013, 11:43 @ Jay

Motta kind of half moved up to play run but then backpedalled. Jackson let the receiver get past his cushion.


I would tend to agree with quarters

by Busco21, Monday, June 17, 2013, 12:20 @ Buck Mulligan

IIRC, when ND played Cover 3 it was almost always a Safety creeping into the box, rarely a Corner playing up.

Plus, with Spond taking the flat, that sure yells out quarters (Cover 4).

Mostly, it means Jackson got caught looking in the backfield.


we giving this one to Bennett?

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Monday, June 17, 2013, 14:14 @ Busco21

I'll clip the other ones this week.



by Busco21, Monday, June 17, 2013, 15:53 @ Jay

Farley had no other threats in his area (a receiver was dragging and entered his area late, but by then the QB had already rolled out and was throwing), so he could have been closer to the play, no doubt.

But given what I've seen, that one's on Jackson.


I think the biggest factor against Bama is that by the time

by BillyGoat, At Thanksgiving with Joe Bethersontin, Monday, June 17, 2013, 08:41 @ Jay

they started hitting the big pass plays (IIRC, anyway), they were killing us with the run game and they were able to use play action very effectively -- and we never even came close to a pass rush. I remember a couple of those plays taking an almost comically long time to develop.

I haven't re-watched for obvious reasons, but I'm curious to see if my viceral recollection has any basis in reality.

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