Basically, they're going to disguise their non-blitzes to look like blitzes and have deceptive coverage on the hot receiver. (especially on run friendly downs as it will neutralize the Alabama's rushing attack by taking it out of their hands)
Unlike Testeverde, AJ has been savvy enough not to throw over the middle into unexpected zone coverage by a drifting linebacker in these situations, but it has forced him to make sideline throws that his banged up physical condition made very difficult.
I have heard them all:
1. The pass interference was a blown call. Okay - these happen all the time. On the series before the PI call, there was a fumble that gave Pitt the opportunity to score. Blown calls happen all the time and impact both teams.
2. There were two number 2's on the field durign the missed field goal and the refs didn't see it. Correct. Another blown call. Happens all the time and sometimes even costs a team the game. Fact is - the kicker should have made the kick, but he didn't and ND scored and won the game.
I'm not sure what you point is in trying to dismiss Notre Dame. I have enjoyed this thread and there is a lot of informative dialogue on this board. As a Notre Dame fan and graduate, I have enjoyed this undefeated season and I'm proud of our team. You can say Notre Dame was lucky to win a few games - so be it. One could argue that Alabama was lucky to win the LSU game with the last play. Either way - both teams have had great seasons and both have strong defenses.
Ultimately, it's your discussion board, so if you want to deride and dismiss the Irish, that's okay. I'm just a visitor.
Good luck in the BCS game.
Notre Dame will be there all four quarters. They have not had a game in which it looked like they were out of shape all year. This was NOT the case under the previous coaches.
I hope this helps. Do you have any other questions about depth, etc. for the Irish?
You stated your point well, Zedman. Good luck to you guys in the championship game. Of course, I hope we crush you guys so I don't have to sweat it out in the 4th quarter, but I have a feeling that this game will be pretty tight. As is almost always the case in close games, it will probably come down to turnovers/mistakes. That worries me because we have made more mistakes than the other team when we have played the three toughest opponents on our schedule. I hope we clean up our mistakes and clean Notre Dame's clock, but it should be a good game. Roll Tide!
I'm not sure ND tries to disguise anything. I've watched all the ND games this year and they seem to simply play straight up. They know their strengths and they simply try to do what they know they can do well. They will rely on their front seven to generate pressure. They will hope to stuff the run with the front three and use the ILBs as well in the run game. The OLBS (especially Spond) as also very good in coverage. They like to let the safeties help with deep coverage for the young corners. The CBs are athletic and can tackle well. They will sometimes bring Motta up to help in obvious run downs. He hits like a sledgehammer. Most often, he stays back with Farley to help contain and limit explosive plays.
I suspect Notre Dame will try to go with what has worked all year. If Alabama's offensive line mandhandles Notre Dame's DLine - the game will be a blow out. If Tuitt, Nix and Lewis-Moore can hold their own, it will be a close battle. The OLBs could be difference makers if they can cover the tight ends and put pressure on the QB.
Last edited by Zedman; December 26th, 2012 at 02:26 PM.
.Notre Dame will be there all four quarters. They have not had a game in which it looked like they were out of shape all year. This was NOT the case under the previous coaches
when you say ND will be there for all 4 quarters, I believe you. why??
except for a few blowouts (Navy, Miami, Wake) ND has had their 1st team in for the duration of their games. this is due to your anemic offense.
Last edited by sanjosecrimson; December 26th, 2012 at 07:13 PM.
I think the Irish front 7 is pretty doggone good, and winning close games with defense and the ground game is a formula dear to my heart. I think that battle up front will be more evenly matched than some in this thread. A comparison was made to Georgia, but I think the Dawgs had some trouble stopping the run all year long. I like the Tide to win because of a more balanced offense, but I think we better be ready for a fight.