Daily Archives: October 15, 2008

Just throwing it up against the wall and seeing what sticks.

Tommy Tuberville clues us in on what he’ll be looking for in his next offensive genius coordinator (h/t Chip Towers).

During the speech, he said he was committed to the spread. Afterward, he said the next coordinator he hires doesn’t have to be “a spread guy” like the ousted Tony Franklin.

“He’s gonna have to know some spread,” Tuberville said. “Everybody runs spread, but we’re still gonna be committed to running fast-paced and throwing the ball down the field. It’s no different.”

Don’t you have to be a spread guy to run the spread?

“You have to know the spread,” he said. “You don’t have to be a guy that’s just every-down spread. You gotta know other offenses, too.

“Like me. I know the five-man (defensive) front, four-man front, three-man front. I base out of the four-man front, but I run them all. You gotta know them all. You gotta be a football coach.”

That should certainly narrow the search down.  The man is clearly flailing about, hoping he’ll somehow catch lightning in a bottle on the next go around.  While that ain’t coaching, it is kinda sad.

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Wednesday random bits

Here’s what a little ‘Net surfing turned up:

  • What’s the new meme at Georgia?  Knowshon Moreno not living up to expectations, especially against SEC defenses.
  • If you’re just looking to catch up on a bunch of random stuff about some of what’s going on in the non-BCS confererences (plus a couple of notes about Kansas State and Washington State), Matt over at Statistically Speaking can scratch your back.
  • Good to see the SEC is going to spend some of that TV money on something worthwhile.
  • I know this isn’t about football, but how does Billy Gillispie get away with some of the crap he pulls?
  • I get the feeling that she writes this column every year.  And it sounds like he recycles, too.
  • The best part of this blog post isn’t what Barnhart wrote, but this comment in response to his suggestion that Clemmins do its damnedest to hire Vandy’s Bobby Johnson:  “It is pretty bad for Clemson when the best hire they can make is the Vanderbilt coach. It will be even worse when he turns down the offer.”

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Las Vegas Sports Consultants Top 30, Week 7

Well, one thing jumped out at me right off the bat with this week’s rankings from the book.  Georgia moves up to #7 after beating the Vols.  Check out who follows at #8.

LVSC Rank Team Rating Previous Rank Notes
1 Southern Cal 113.2 2 Look who’s back on top.
2 Texas 111.5 4 Colt and company score immense win.
3 Florida 111.1 5 Revenge is sweet……Tigers got sunk.
4 Oklahoma 110.9 1 Long day for Sooners D.
5 Penn State 109.6 6 Host Michigan then showdown at Ohio St.
6 Missouri 108.6 3 Get chased from title picture.
7 Georgia 107.8 9 Bulldogs easily dispense of Tennessee.
8 Alabama 107.5 7 Rebels pay a visit this week.
9 Texas Tech 106.6 8 Red Raiders dodge a bullet in overtime.
10 Ohio State 106.1 10 Not dead just yet.
11 Brigham Young 105.6 12 Snow was a bigger obstacle last week.
12 LSU 105.0 11 Still have time to rebound.
13 Oklahoma State 104.9 15 Cowboys have been in this poll from Day 1.
13 California 104.9 13 Rested for visit to Arizona.
15 Kansas 104.5 14 Solid performance against Colorado.
16 Texas Christian 102.4 16 Nearly rolled over versus Rams.
17 Utah 102.2 18 Blowout win over Wyoming.
18 South Carolina 102.0 24 Score road win at Kentucky.
19 West Virginia 101.7 17 Escape with win over lowly Syracuse.
20 Boise State 101.6 23 Post solid road win at So. Miss.
21 Oregon 101.5 NR Musical QB’s get Ducks back in the game.
22 Michigan State 101.2 30 Spartans knock off unbeaten Northwestern.
23 Virginia Tech 101.0 24 Tough test upcoming against Eagles.
23 South Florida 101.0 24 Cupcake should get them back on track.
25 Boston College 100.9 28 Both BC and Virginia Tech off bye week.
26 Arizona 100.8 21 Outsmarted by Stanford.
27 Tulsa 100.6 22 Got away with one against SMU
28 Oregon State 100.5 NR Still worthy after USC win.
28 North Carolina 100.5 NR Tar Heels wear down Irish.
30 Cincinnati 100.0 29 Bears barely got by Rutgers.

Oklahoma State didn’t get much of a bounce from the money boys after its big win.  And Texas behind USC… interesting.

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“The game plan doesn’t matter if your guys don’t play well.”

I mentioned in passing a day or two ago that I don’t think Florida is vulnerable to any team that doesn’t have a viable passing attack.

Pat Dooley has an article up at The Gainesville Sun that illustrates my point (h/t MrSEC.com). It’s a basic primer about Charlie Strong’s overall defensive philosophy, what he does to implement it and specifically how his game plan succeeded against LSU.

Here’s the general principle:

Florida has two defenses designed to stop the run but the principle is the same in both of them — add a man near the line of scrimmage. If it’s a man-to-man defense, that player is strong safety Ahmad Black. If it’s zone, that player is the cornerback to the open side of the field.

The theory is to have more defenders than the opponent has blockers. But this theory only works if players stay in their gaps. If they get moved out of those gaps or jump out of them, a long run is sure to follow.

And here’s the wrinkle Strong added for LSU:

… Because Florida’s line can be undersized (depending on the personnel), Strong and the Gator defensive staff put in a new wrinkle by having players sometimes shoot to their gaps rather than line up in them.

“We’re not very big so we can’t just stand there,” he said. “We moved a lot.”

And here’s the catch.

… With eight in the box, the cornerbacks know they are going to be playing a lot of man-to-man coverage and the plan to stop the run won’t work if receivers are running open.

While that worked to perfection with LSU and its inexperienced quarterbacks – and will probably succeed with most of the teams that remain on Florida’s schedule – you do have to wonder if Georgia and perhaps South Carolina (ok, that’s a bit of a stretch right now) will make Strong adjust what he wants to do.  And if Florida makes it to Atlanta and faces Alabama, can he adjust if Wilson has another strong game as he did a couple of weeks ago in Athens.

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Dawg stat watch ’08, week seven

As long as Georgia is in the hunt to go to Atlanta, I’ll track its current status in seven statistical categories that the Dawgs excelled in during the seasons they previously appeared in the SECCG under Richt.  Those are as follows:

  1. Hold opponents under 17 points per game.
  2. Finish at least +8 in turnover margin.
  3. Average better than 380 yards per game on offense.
  4. Finish in the top five in total defensive yardage.
  5. Finish in the top three in first downs.
  6. Finish no worse than third in passing yardage.
  7. Finish at least third in sacks.

And here’s how things stand after week seven for Georgia in the SEC statistical rankings.

  1. Defensive scoring:  18.3 ppg
  2. Turnover margin:  0
  3. Total offense:  430.3 ypg
  4. Total defense:  4th (273.8 ypg)
  5. First downs:  2nd (22.2 pg)
  6. Passing offense:  1st (271.2 ypg)
  7. Sacks by:  4th (13)

Overall it still looks they’re in the ballpark, in that there isn’t a category in which there’s no chance of recovery.   But there may be a fault line opening up, as evidenced by the turnover margin and sack numbers.  There has to be a little concern about the lack of defensive pass pressure so far, although as I recall, it took the Dawgs some time before the pass rush developed last year.

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