Boy, did my thread start something here?!
Te'o is such a threat because he is hard to get a body on because their DL is good at eating space. You'd rather try to get a guard on him than run laterally and let him move side-to-side, but Nix makes it hard to get up on him. Their offense has been a liability that has been a struggle to get across the finish line for them, but there is no smoke and mirrors on their defense. They look a lot like us: they have the right kind of personnel to run a 3-4 and make you pass effectively to win. Their LB corp is basically like our own: one star (Mosley and Te'o) and a bunch of role guys (at this juncture of their careers). Their secondary has been the point of concern for each fanbase.
Personally, I think Te'o gets too much credit because their down linemen are really the stars of this defense. Te'o on his own would just be a guy getting a lot of tackles...with their linemen clogging things up, he's allowed to take risks and come through clean to the ball carrier. The story of the game will be how we handle their linemen. If we can free up an interior guy to get a hat on Te'o, we will move the ball. If their linemen don't let guys get free to the second level...we're in for one of those close games where their offense has pulled a rabbit out of their hat in the fourth quarter.
"I mean, is there any really doubt Golson can play as well as "Johnny Football"????"
Just saw this on one of their threads, had to laugh at this one. Im just wondering is there anyone on their team that shouldn't have won the Heisman?
Yeah, except the game Manziel had against us was his statistical norm (well, ~40 yards off his norm). I would say there is plenty of doubt he can play as well as Manziel because his best games were about as good as Manziel's worst. It's one thing to say that Golson has some of the same attributes as Manziel...it's a completely different thing to say you think he can put up a similar performance. He's got the physical tools to do it but I mean come on...lets look at the body of work.
rgw, you have a lot of info about ND. Have you seen some of their games? I haven't got to watch any this year and they don't seem to replay any of their games, but the SECCG has been played almost every week. I wish they would replay some of ND's games from this year.
I've watched a few of their games in season and a few more that I found streaming on the net. They're great defensively...it's like watching someone emulate us right down to the personnel types. Te'o reminds me a lot of McClain. Nix, frankly, is probably a better guy at affecting the pocket than any of our NT but he's pretty similar to Chapman...strong as an ox. Tuitt is a 3-4 end that can rush like Dareus. Their WDE, Moore, is much like guys who we've had at that position: dirty work guy like Deaderick or Jesse Williams last year. Shembo shows flashes of being a quality rush OLB for them but he hasn't put it together yet...kinda like Hubbard.
Offensively, they're a spread-to-run offense. They like to get you stretched horizontally with WR screens and perimeter runs so they can go back to into the middle later. They've been inconsistent with stretching a defense vertically but they use Efiert on the perimeter for fade type stuff where he can body defenders.
Just about as soon as I posted this, I found out there are some games on tonight. On CSS they are replaying the ND vs Michigan game right now and at 8:00 Central and 9:00 Eastern they are showing ND vs Stanford. I just want to see what we are up against.
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The best way to defend Alabama's offense is to fake a blitz to entice AJ to audible out of a run and into a quick hitting pass play that is expecting single coverage. I expect this to be ND's primary defensive strategy.
Fortunately, AJ didn't fall for that much against UGA and attacked the primary point of attack instead. I think that the imperative instilled in AJ to run right at Jarvis Jones overrode the tendency to change the play depending on the number of defenders in the box.
Hopefully, the same will with the case with ND.
Last edited by JeffAtlanta; December 25th, 2012 at 10:54 PM.