Thursday, September 22, 2016

Breaking down how basic D took down the Sooners

Read about it at SB Nation!

You'll notice in the article that while Oklahoma did a better job against this style of defense than Notre Dame did against Michigan State, they didn't really get after the Buckeyes with as precise an attack as I would have liked were I a Sooner fan.

Perhaps the real crime though was on the part of "big game Bob" for allowing "cautious Mike" to putting such an unaggressive and poorly prepared defense on the field to defend his legacy and the Sooners' home field.

This play says it all...
That's Ohio State's favorite play on 3rd and 5 or less and not only were the Sooners poorly lined up to stop it, they didn't even seem ready at the snap. It was obvious to me what play was coming and it clearly wasn't at all obvious to the players.

Urban Meyer had Oklahoma out of sorts all day long with his formations, particularly a trips set that featured an H-back motioning around and one of the receivers lined up in such a way that made him an ineligible receiver. You have to know Ohio State is running the ball from that set yet Oklahoma couldn't stop it.

No more of this, Oklahoma fans, cautious Mike has got to go...

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  1. Good luck with that. Bobby will leave before he'll get rid of Mike. Hopefully some small time school will need a head coach and come calling...until then, this is what we're stuck with.

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    1. Well I'm a Texas grad, so by all means, keep him around.

      However, they already replaced him as DB coach and banished him to the press box so I don't think his neck can avoid the consequences of continued bad results.

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    2. Kind of like UT's last 3 DC's right?? I mean give up 40 at home to a ND team that got housed by MSU? Even longer season for the 'Horns.

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  2. Actually the WR are both eligible as they are uncovered on the LOS. The trips side two guys are off the line. Not that it mattered...OU still didn't do anything to stop it.

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    1. Nope, Ohio State lined up two receivers on the LOS to the trips side so that the TE could play off the line as a H-back.

      So the first inside WR was ineligible.

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  3. The Sooners defense used to be so well-schooled on opposing teams tendencies that OU players used to call out the opposing teams plays pre-snap. UT in particular was the victim of this in the early 00's.

    OU may not have the Jimmys/Joes on defense, but it's impossible to tell when they can't line up or account for the offense's motion! Mike is an albatross. I wonder how many games he'll lose for OU this year.

    The offense should be a model of efficiency, with a decent OL and sufficient skill position talent throughout. Unfortunately, the book is out on Mayfield's hero-ball. There is a non-zero chance Baker loses the QB position next year to Kendell or Murry.

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    1. I really don't think Baker is the problem, although he made mistakes in that game. Riley's plan didn't zero in well enough on the structural weaknesses in the Buckeyes' scheme and they need to continue to get AD Miller up to speed because the other guys aren't replacing Shepard as a deep threat.

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