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« on: September 03, 2017, 11:39:45 AM »

FSU vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama players and coaches on a hard-fought victory.  I think this was a quality opponent with a stout defense and potentially explosive offense.

OFFFENSE:   The offense had to fight for every yard they gained last night.  They ended up with 269 yards of total offense. This was broken down by 96 yards passing and 173 rushing.  I only have Bama for 6 total plays for 10+ yards.  They had 3 runs and 3 pass plays that cover that distance.  A holding negated one pass play which I didnít count.  I think one of the most telling signs was I have Bama for only 6 negative plays, 7 if you count the bad snap.  Bama gave up 2 sacks and was tackled for a loss only 4 times.  This seems to be less than the average from last year.  The worse part of the game to me was the wasted field position especially created by special teams.  In the red zone Bama only got 1 touchdown with 4 trips which included 3 field goals.  This is just my opinion but I thought Bama used a very vanilla offense.  Many teams will use screen passes slow down the pass rush and I donít think Bama threw one.  Bama is going to have to come up with a solution when you have the back to one side and you have two defenders outside the tackle to the other side.

QB: I thought Hurts played well last night.  I think you can see a difference with his footwork and deep balls.  He did miss a couple of deep balls, one which may have been catchable.  The other was overthrown but it was thrown to the proper area.  He wasnít underthrowing the ball like last year.  It also seems that balls were delivered to the areas where they could be caught.  Not a lot of balls thrown behind rec. like last year.  The D harassed him many times.  Hurts may not have made big plays but they werenít negative or forced into turnovers.

RB:   They ran hard and had to work for every yard.  Harris, to me, looked quicker and faster than last year.  There were a couple of missed pass blocks which I feel will be corrected.  You must remember this was a quality defense. 

Rec:  Ridley had a good game, except for the pass that was turned into an 11-yard loss.  He was the only rec with a catch while the other completions went to the backs.  It is easy to see that Hurts has confidence in him but others need to get receptions.

OL:   This was hard to determine on how well they played.  It seems all were beat at least once.  But then you look at the total of negative plays.  I didnít count how many times Hurts was rushed or forced out of the pocket on pass plays but there were several.  The snapped that was rolled back there, according to the announcers because I couldnít see it on TV, could have cost a TD because they said Bo was open in the end zone.  I will say I did think the tight ends did a decent job blocking.  Smith had a big block on the TD run by Harris.

Defense:  The defense played a very good game.  They gave up a total of 250 yards.  This included 210 passing and 40 rushing.  This is also against a qb that can run the ball.  Bamaís defense gave up only 65 yards in the second half.  There are a couple of factors that helped this.  One, the defense played well and two the special teams kept FSU in poor field position and got turnovers.  I have Bama for 3 sacks, 9 tackles for losses, and 2 interceptions.  Also, I have the defense getting 4 three and outs and a couple of less than three and outs.  FSU didnít have a run of over 10 yards but they had 9 pass plays of over 10 yards. 

DL:  I thought they played very well.  You could pick out anyone of them and see they had an impact at different points in the game. 

LB:  Again, here they played well.  Each one had plays that were huge.  Also, I didnít notice, but read, where Evans didnít play the second half.  This is important because the defense didnít miss a beat with him out and his replacement had an int.

DB:  I thought they played well.  Many of the completions were in the middle of the field where linebacker had vacated.  FSU had a tall 6í5Ē rec that did win the battle for the touchdown. Also, the credit should be given to passes that were thrown in the perfect area for the rec to make a catch.  I am a big believer of going after the arms instead of the ball on the taller rec.  However, the man, Saban, is a lot smarter than I am.

Special Teams:  This is the areas where Bama won the game.  The only marks on the special teams were the shank punt for 9 yards and the two missed field goals.  Scott made up for this by pinning FSU deep on a couple of punts.  The good news is the defense bailed them out.   Kick offs were covered well and forced a turnover.  Punt returns were no problem as all were handled well.  Also, they blocked a punt which put Bama in the red zone. Kick-off returns, I thought he shouldnít have brought one out.  You should not only look at the depth of the kick off but also the height of the kick.  What I also think is good news is the last field goal was well struck.

Penalties:   Bama had 5 penalties and the biggest was the holding on Cotton which negated a 26-yard pass.  The other big one was the pass interference by Averett.
Finally:  Bama beat a quality opponent and the deficit could/should have been bigger. However, Bama also got away with what could have been a PI call.  It was good to see the new players step in and play well.  Hopefully, they wonít pat themselves on the back and will continue to improve because there is plenty of room for improvement.

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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2017, 11:54:21 AM »

Thanks, coach.  Great notes.  I now know that football is back!  ROLL TIDE!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2017, 02:14:07 PM »

Thanks coach. Always enjoy your comments.
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2017, 02:15:22 PM »

i thought the offense looked awful! If this is DaBoll's best, Bama is in trouble. Hurts was OK, but the lack of a passing threat allowed FSU to move everyone up and pretty much stifle Bama's running game. Kicking game was awful! Where do they find these guys? Do they ever practice? Good/great HS kickers should jump at the chance to come to Bama and this is the best we can find?  Bama should roll through the regular season but late season and playoffs, if we make them, are going to be tough. i will go ahead and say it, Bama can't win a championship unless Hurts significantly improves his passing! Rant over, on to next week.
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2017, 02:29:30 PM »

Great analysis as always, Coach!

I have to give all the credit for our shortcomings to FSU. They played an extremely physical game. Make no mistake, they are a very good team. May end up being the best team we play all year. Unfortunately, their record may not reflect it with the injury to Francois.

Not saying we don't have a lot of room for improvement, but my hat's off to FSU.

I was really looking forward to seeing a lot of improvement in the O line. Oh well, maybe against Fresno St.

Very proud of the D pulling it together in the second half. And the special teams, holy crap! Everybody knew that Bobby Williams was our ST coach, because we had to identify someone to put the blame on. I have no idea who the ST coach is, currently, but kudos to him. Just got to get our kicking game together.

I'm very pleased with the win. Roll Tide!
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2017, 03:31:40 PM »

Great analysis as always, Coach!

I have to give all the credit for our shortcomings to FSU. They played an extremely physical game. Make no mistake, they are a very good team. May end up being the best team we play all year. Unfortunately, their record may not reflect it with the injury to Francois.

Not saying we don't have a lot of room for improvement, but my hat's off to FSU.

I was really looking forward to seeing a lot of improvement in the O line. Oh well, maybe against Fresno St.

Very proud of the D pulling it together in the second half. And the special teams, holy crap! Everybody knew that Bobby Williams was our ST coach, because we had to identify someone to put the blame on. I have no idea who the ST coach is, currently, but kudos to him. Just got to get our kicking game together.

I'm very pleased with the win. Roll Tide!
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2017, 03:43:41 PM »

Great analysis as always, Coach!

I have to give all the credit for our shortcomings to FSU. They played an extremely physical game. Make no mistake, they are a very good team. May end up being the best team we play all year. Unfortunately, their record may not reflect it with the injury to Francois.

Not saying we don't have a lot of room for improvement, but my hat's off to FSU.

I was really looking forward to seeing a lot of improvement in the O line. Oh well, maybe against Fresno St.

Very proud of the D pulling it together in the second half. And the special teams, holy crap! Everybody knew that Bobby Williams was our ST coach, because we had to identify someone to put the blame on. I have no idea who the ST coach is, currently, but kudos to him. Just got to get our kicking game together.

I'm very pleased with the win. Roll Tide!
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2017, 06:00:47 PM »

Spot on analysis, as usual, Coach.

Was a little surprised we didn't  see Tua at the end playing some clean up. Guess CNS didn't want to take the chance of a mistake late in the game with the cushion we had. Anyway, as Saban said, he knows now what he needs to work on.

Bummer we lost two LB's to injury for the year.  Cry
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2017, 06:50:57 PM »

Spot on analysis, as usual, Coach.

Was a little surprised we didn't  see Tua at the end playing some clean up. Guess CNS didn't want to take the chance of a mistake late in the game with the cushion we had. Anyway, as Saban said, he knows now what he needs to work on.

Bummer we lost two LB's to injury for the year.  Cry

No kidding.  Sad
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2017, 10:37:26 PM »

Spot on analysis, as usual, Coach.

Was a little surprised we didn't  see Tua at the end playing some clean up. Guess CNS didn't want to take the chance of a mistake late in the game with the cushion we had. Anyway, as Saban said, he knows now what he needs to work on.

Bummer we lost two LB's to injury for the year.  Cry

You should see the other team.  I think FSU got the worst of it by far.
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2017, 06:24:57 AM »

Great job again, hscoach.   

I know it's hard to include a TE in the passing game against a great defensive line.  He must help block.  BUT, I thought Daboll's big change this year was using the TE more.

Did the TE ever get a pass?  Maybe this week??
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2017, 10:45:36 AM »

Spot on analysis, as usual, Coach.

Was a little surprised we didn't  see Tua at the end playing some clean up. Guess CNS didn't want to take the chance of a mistake late in the game with the cushion we had. Anyway, as Saban said, he knows now what he needs to work on.

Bummer we lost two LB's to injury for the year.  Cry

Probably wanted to keep the more experienced players in at that moment.  One bad play can demoralize a young player.
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2017, 10:47:20 AM »

Great analysis as always, Coach!

I have to give all the credit for our shortcomings to FSU. They played an extremely physical game. Make no mistake, they are a very good team. May end up being the best team we play all year. Unfortunately, their record may not reflect it with the injury to Francois.

Not saying we don't have a lot of room for improvement, but my hat's off to FSU.

I was really looking forward to seeing a lot of improvement in the O line. Oh well, maybe against Fresno St.

Very proud of the D pulling it together in the second half. And the special teams, holy crap! Everybody knew that Bobby Williams was our ST coach, because we had to identify someone to put the blame on. I have no idea who the ST coach is, currently, but kudos to him. Just got to get our kicking game together.

I'm very pleased with the win. Roll Tide!

I agree.  The O has some work to do especially with pass blocking and picking-up/recognizing where the blitz is coming from.  You have to either block it or handle it with blitz killing routes.
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« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2017, 10:50:33 AM »

Great job again, hscoach.   

I know it's hard to include a TE in the passing game against a great defensive line.  He must help block.  BUT, I thought Daboll's big change this year was using the TE more.

Did the TE ever get a pass?  Maybe this week??

No tight end got a reception.  I don't know if they were a target or not on plays because many times Hurts was rushed/flushed.  The good thing I saw is Hurts didn't throw bad balls like last year.  What I mean by this is that the balls were thrown where the rec were the one to get to them.  How many times last year were balls underthrown and the defense given the opportunity for an interception or knocking the ball away?
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« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2017, 11:15:08 AM »

Great job as always. Where do you see the greatest area needed for improvement? I know a lot of folks would say the OL, but they were going up against an elite front. I don't think we see another defense as strong the rest of the season.
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