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2nd play: McCarron to Norwood for 25

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 08:46
edited by Jay, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 09:19

Score is 14-0 Alabama late in the 1Q. ND has punted the ball back to Alabama. On first down, Yeldon cutback on a zone run for 7 yards. It's 2nd & 3 at the AL 28.

Here's the video link:

Forward to 26:56 if the direct link doesn't work.

Pre-snap read:


The play: once again, it's a play-action fake with a McCarron rollout right.

Norwood runs a medium out and the H-back Johnson (31) releases from the backfield and goes underneath. Both seem open.


McCarron goes to Norwood. It's a shorter route and completion than the last big play, but Jackson misses the tackle and Norwood goes for an extra 12+ yards after the catch.

Jackson actually covered well until the cut, then he got turned around, and also flubbed the tackle badly.


This one isn't a blown read so much as poor technique and a lapse in fundamentals, I think.

Jackson is 0-2.



Man to man that time

by Busco21, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 09:31 @ Jay

Jackson is much tighter, with his back to the QB. He was pretty lazy with his break as the WR broke back on the comeback route.

Farley picked up the H back out of the backfield in man to man as well. There was a little too much separation on his coverage, too.

A perfectly run comeback route (a route that looks like a go route, with the WR sitting down in his break, sharply coming back and to the sideline anywhere from 12 to 15 yards deep) and a perfectly thrown ball are going to lead to a completion nearly every time. But Jackson should have been there to secure the tackle immediately.


was Jackson hurt for the BCS game?

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 09:39 @ Busco21

Am I imagining that?


I believe he played all last year with his shoulder injury.

by BillyGoat, At Thanksgiving with Joe Bethersontin, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 09:44 @ Jay

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He basically played with one arm last year.

by FunkDoctorSpock, Your Nightmares, B* tches, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:14 @ BillyGoat

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couple observations

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 08:56 @ Jay

* on both of these plays McCarron rolls out and any pressure is negated

* on both of these plays they attack the Jackson/Farley side with hi-lo combos


Which I believe is also the Shembo side, right?

by BillyGoat, At Thanksgiving with Joe Bethersontin, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 09:00 @ Jay

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I am curious of some ratio break downs

by Domer99, John Wesley Powell's Expedition Island, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 09:30 @ BillyGoat

Percent of passing plays when rolling to Tuitt's side; and
Percent of running plays toward Shembo's side.

"They're good because they are so simple," Jones said, "but, also, they're simple. We knew if we had certain shifts, they would get into certain formations that we felt like we would have good runs against. We were right -- every play, almost. This is not a flaw in Notre Dame. We watched a lot of film. We had a lot of time to figure out what they did in certain formations."

Nearly every rushing play in the first quarter went to Warmack's side of the field. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier loved the matchup that the left side of his line -- Warmack, tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and tight end Michael Williams -- had from the left hash against the Notre Dame 3-4. Williams cleared out Irish linebacker Prince Shembo (one tackle, two assists) at will.


Spond actually - at least one these two (edit)

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 09:04 @ BillyGoat
edited by Jay, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 09:08

And Spond bites on the playaction, following the RB (and presumably the inside block of the TE). This left the H-back Johnson wide open on a release, which would have been an even easier 1st down for McCarron.


That's right. Motta played to the boundary. Though I

by BillyGoat, At Thanksgiving with Joe Bethersontin, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 09:07 @ Jay

had thought that Jackson was generally the boundary CB, with Russell to the field.

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