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« on: September 23, 2018, 03:21:15 PM »

                                                                                                      A&M vs Bama

First, congrats to the Bama coaches and players on a great victory.  This was a game where the defense came up big when they needed too.  I also want to say I thought Locksley called a heck of a game.

OFFFENSE:   The offense put together 524 yards of total offense, which included 415 passing and 190 rushing.  Most of the rushing yards came after the first half, as A&M did a very good job stopping the Bama rushing attack.  As for negative plays, I have Bama with 7 tackle for losses and 1 fumble which they recovered themselves.  They only had 2 three and outs.  For plays that covered over 10+ yards, Bama had 17 pass plays and 3 running plays.  Bama got into the red zone 3 times and scored 3 touchdowns and scored 3 touchdowns from outside the red zone as well as kicked 1 field goal.  It appeared to me that most of Bamaís running success was found on the edge.  Also, A&M wasnít loading up the box to stop the run.  As far as the passing game goes, the pocket was pretty clean most of the day and Bama gave up no sacks.  This was probably Bamaís worse day for 3rd down conversions as they were only 4 for 10.

QB:   Tua had a record day for his early career.  He completed 73% of his passes.  His completions averaged 17.59 yards per catch.  He made some big throws that were right on target.  I thought he did miss a couple of throws that could have been completed.  Jalen was 3 for 3 for 28 yards.  Jalen was involved with a play where there was a fumble.  It looked to be a mix up on the play between Harris and Hurts.

RB:  They had a tough day running the ball, especially in the first half.  The running backs combined for 21 carries for 106 yards.  This is over a 5-yard average, but 35 came on 1 run by D Harris.  Again, most of these yards came in the second half.  Overall, the RBís did a decent job pass blocking when called upon. One big play was the 57-yard pass that went for the touchdown and Jacobs had 2 blocks on the play.

Rec:   Six different receivers caught passes not counting running backs.  Jeudy led the way with 6 catches, while I smith and D Smits both had 4 catches.  I think Irv Smith is one catch away from his total from last year.  Three different receiver had touchdowns receptions.

OL:  The OL did good job pass blocking but there were many stalemates in the running game.  This is a question I have had so far.  Can the OL get the push for a running game when needed. 

Defense:  The defense played well in crucial situations.  There was a short 13-yard punt, giving A&M great field position in the 2nd half, and Bama got a 3 and out when A&M actually lost yardage.  As far as negative plays, I have the defense with 3 tackles for losses, 7 sacks, and 2 interceptions, one that set up the first touchdown.  For 3 and outs, Bama had 1 in the first half and 3 in the second half.  The first drive was a 2 and out because of the interception by Wilson.  For plays that covered 10+ yards, 15 passing plays and 6 running plays.  Many of the passing plays came in the 2nd half when Bama was probably playing a little safe defense.  Most of the running plays were when the QB ran QB draws where there were at least 3 missed tackles and the loss of contain either on the outside or rushing too far up the field and opening a gap to allow the QB to escape.  I also think the defense underestimated the QBís speed.  A&M got into the red zone 4 times where they kicked 2 field goals and scored 2 touchdowns.  They also kicked on field goal outside the red zone. 

DL:   I thought they played well, except when the edge lost contain or rushed too far up the field.  Each of them seemed to make a big play at some point, but Buggs and Davis stood out.  Williams didnít have the stats but looked to be a disrupter during the game.  He was especially good taking up 2 blockers and keeping them off the LBís.  I will say I have seen Anoma in back up duty and I like what I see.  Their pressure created the first turnover on the 2nd play of the game.

LB: The LBís played well in my opinion.  The were involved with stopping the running game as well as covering in the passing game.  They did make a couple of mistakes, but overall, they did a good job adjusting to the formations and plays of A&M.

DB:  I thought they played well.  They gave up 55 yards passing in the first half, and 208 in the 2nd half.  This being said, they were playing a little safer coverage to make A&M work the ball down the field as opposed to giving up the big play.  I noted earlier most of the plays that covered 10+ yards, most were in the 2nd half. 

Special Teams:  Field goal kicking was good.  Punting was a combination of good and not so good. I donít know why the punter was taking those steps to his right like a rugby style punt.   All kickoffs were good except 1.  One of the biggest things that worked for Bama on special teams was their punt coverage.  I also have to say, A&Mís punter helped Bama by kicking the ball in the endzone instead of pinning them back most of the day.  He is someone who can flip field position and never angled the ball to the sideline.   I guess they were just too scared of the Bama punt return.

Penalties:  Bama had 9 penalties for 82 yards.  Offense, defense, and special teams all had 3.  There was actually one more, but they were offsetting.  I also, have to mention the one horse collar by Anoma which was a hustling penalty. 

Finally, again, players were able to get some players in the game late.  Great experience for these guys who may be needed down the road.  The running game need to improve.  This was the best run stopping front Bama has played, however, there were times against lesser opponents where Bama couldnít make a 3rd and 1.

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2018, 03:32:54 PM »

Tua had a very good game. He completed passes to 8 different receivers with 7 receivers getting at least 2 catches. I think it is time to give OC Mike Locksley some credit for his offensive game plans. I love seeing the tight ends getting involved in the passing game.

The rugby style punts were a designed play I think. When DeLong tried the rugby kick he only had two personal protectors with both being on the right side. When he kicked straight away he had three personal protectors with two on the side side and one on the left.

I am also disappointed in the running game. I thought a good passing attack would open up the running game but that is not happening. However, our OL is doing a good job of pass protection.

Thanks Coach. Another very detailed and thorough game report.

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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2018, 04:05:48 PM »

Agreed hscoach. I don't know what happen but our O-line just couldn't block that much and open holes. RTR!
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2018, 05:34:31 PM »

Thanks, coach.  I had wondered if we were as good as we have looked.  Apparently so.  Didn't think we played our best last night and still beat up a pretty good team!  I gather there's an extra day off this week so some bumps and bruises will get a chance to heal.  Hope we get through LaLa next week with no injuries.  ROLL TIDE!!!
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2018, 05:35:33 PM »

Thanks, coach.  Excellent as usual.   Applause E-Cred Applause E-Cred

Eli Gold mentioned that "the Aggies were crowding the LOS".  They certainly didn't stack the box with extra linemen, so either A&M has some real stud D-linemen or we need work on our O-line.  I'm sure A&M did stunts and such, but everyone does.  It's worrisome to get beaten on the line.

Tua is going to sell a lot of tickets to games.  The guy is a wizard.  Just hope his success continues so we can all enjoy the ride.  Best QB in crimson since Kenny Stabler, it seems.

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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2018, 06:43:32 PM »

Great job as usual, Coach. Our D and our running game had some holes last night, but Tua being Tua gave us what we needed to beat A&M comfortably, and he didn't have his A game. Compared to all other QBs in the country, it was an A game. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2018, 07:12:11 PM »

Thanks for the game notes coach.  Spot on as usual.  I believe we had trouble running the ball because the A&M game plan was to key on our running game.  I know they only had four on the line most of the time, but, there sure were a lot of A&M folks around the ball on our running plays.  Also, I think we are getting a taste of what A&M's defensive line is going to look like going forward.  Large, fast, hard to block, and in really good shape...  Jimbo had a good game plan, just not the talent to hang with us @ Bryant Denny.  Without Tua this one might have been too close for comfort.

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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2018, 07:29:05 PM »

Thanks for the game notes coach.  Spot on as usual.  I believe we had trouble running the ball because the A&M game plan was to key on our running game.  I know they only had four on the line most of the time, but, there sure were a lot of A&M folks around the ball on our running plays.  Also, I think we are getting a taste of what A&M's defensive line is going to look like going forward.  Large, fast, hard to block, and in really good shape...  Jimbo had a good game plan, just not the talent to hang with us @ Bryant Denny.  Without Tua this one might have been too close for comfort.

Thanks again and Roll Tide!

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I really wonder what would have happened if Bama had challenged the edge more than between the tackles.  When they did test the middle maybe it could have been more effective using the jet motion to slow the outside rushers from crashing so quickly.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2018, 08:31:02 PM »

Thanks, coach. Another great analysis.

Your observation that our O line did a good job on pass blocking but not run blocking was on point. Even CNS mentioned that the run game left a lot to be desired. Historically, our O line has been good at run blocking but not as good on pass blocking. Do you think that the focus now is so much on a passing offense that maybe the run blocking is kind of taking a Ďhití?
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2018, 08:50:41 PM »

Thanks, coach. Another great analysis.

Your observation that our O line did a good job on pass blocking but not run blocking was on point. Even CNS mentioned that the run game left a lot to be desired. Historically, our O line has been good at run blocking but not as good on pass blocking. Do you think that the focus now is so much on a passing offense that maybe the run blocking is kind of taking a Ďhití?

That is hard to say.  I do think there will be a big effort this week to work on the run game.  The other thing I would like to know if there is any indicator giving the run away.  With some teams we use to see heavy hands on running plays and light hands on passing plays.  Maybe they are playing to high because of the excess work on the passing game. 
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« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2018, 09:58:28 PM »

Many of the talking heads say that Clemson has the best defense in the country with a bunch of 1st round draft picks on the D-line.  They gave up 26 to aTm while we only allowed them to score 23.  So our defense is pretty good too, but we have a much better offense than everyone else.

Before the game, Eli said we had the top scoring defense in the country AND the top scoring offense too.  That is impressive.

After this game we are #3 on offense and #4 on defense.  That is still impressive.  No doubt we will take over 1st in both categories again before we have to play another decent team.

I would be shocked if there has ever been a team that had both the #1 scoring offense and defense at the end of the season, but we have a real shot at doing that.

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« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2018, 10:22:15 PM »

Bama didn't play their best game yesterday, and beat a very good SEC team 45-23. Bama could've scored more if Tua had played the 4th quarter.  This team is going to be special if they don't get complacent and are able to stay healthy.
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« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2018, 10:33:28 PM »

I thought about this with all the replies and it is just a thought.  What if the OL, don't think  they have to hold their blocks too long because of how good the backs are?  Maybe they think a quick hit is all these backs need.  I really hope this in not the case, however, if it is it could be an easy fix.
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« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2018, 05:33:42 AM »

I thought about this with all the replies and it is just a thought.  What if the OL, don't think  they have to hold their blocks too long because of how good the backs are?  Maybe they think a quick hit is all these backs need.  I really hope this in not the case, however, if it is it could be an easy fix.

Interesting thought.  Perhaps.
Also possible, as you said, that we're giving indicators of the run plays.  Could be something the center does, the QB, or maybe the personnel group in the game.  All of these are easily fixed.  It'd be better than the possibility that our O-line was outplayed by A&M.

 
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« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2018, 05:45:20 AM »

I thought about this with all the replies and it is just a thought.  What if the OL, don't think  they have to hold their blocks too long because of how good the backs are?  Maybe they think a quick hit is all these backs need.  I really hope this in not the case, however, if it is it could be an easy fix.

Interesting thought.  Perhaps.
Also possible, as you said, that we're giving indicators of the run plays.  Could be something the center does, the QB, or maybe the personnel group in the game.  All of these are easily fixed.  It'd be better than the possibility that our O-line was outplayed by A&M.

 

As effective as they were stopping the running game, my bet is we were indeed, tipping them off with something. CNS said they were taking Sunday and Monday off from practice, but will be watching film. I'm sure they see what it is and correct it.
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