Not the match up you were expecting

This week, we’ll be hearing ad nauseam about the Alabama offense versus the Georgia defense (strength against strength!) and about Saban versus Smart (if you didn’t know that Saban’s never been beaten by a former assistant, you sure as hell will by game time).

But I came across something intriguing yesterday.  Speaking of former assistants, look at how Fisher and Kiffin attacked the Alabama defense with their passing games.

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Down.  The.  Middle.

Last season, Coley and Fromm would have completely ignored that.  Somehow, I don’t think Monken and Bennett will.



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46 responses to “Not the match up you were expecting

  1. For the portion of the game I saw on Saturday night, Junior and Corral were ripping the seams up constantly. Saturday night may call for some McKitty, Fitzpatrick and 0.

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  2. cowetadawg

    Bennett’s wheelhouse. And he can go fast, too.

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  3. gastr1

    This whole down the middle thing with SBIV is remarkable. As a height-challenged QB, that should be the toughest part of the field for him to see. And as an arm-strength-challenged QB, that should be a concerning part of the field to want to work. Yet, here we are.

    More and more I think Fromm’s issues were fear of failure. Hate to say that, but what other conclusion can I draw? SBIV def. does not have that problem. He seems to have no cares about the risks… I guess you have to think that way when you’re an oompa loompa-size guy playing division 1 football.

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  4. Music to my ears. It’s how Burrow tore everyone up last year.


  5. billionm16

    And unlike Fromm, Bennett hits those throws down the seam with ease.

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  6. Greg

    Athletic, scrambling QB’s have given Bama issues for years. Bennett is a lot like Corral….not that good yet, but he can move and improvise.

    Hope it is enough to tire them…


  7. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    The middle is simultaneously the weakest and strongest part of the defense. When you catch them flat-footed, you get a 20 yard TD to Kearis Jackson or FitzPatrick on 3rd down.

    I’m also simultaneously tired of the inside zone runs while ignoring the edges, but elated about the throws over the middle.

    I keep telling myself the offense is a work in progress, but shit, we are still struggling to run between center and guard and guard and tackle in a big way.


  8. The passing success was the ultimate result but Om’s pre-snap motion and tempo really had Bama off from the start. Bama often reminded me of Grantham’s Georgia defenses that were always scrambling and often late to be set at the snap. I have no idea how a DC, in 2020, can not be prepared for that.

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  9. Are the refs really gonna let Georgia go fast against Bama in BD? Its a battle we have fought for 20 years. But maybe we at least go to the line fast to stop substitutions.


  10. Sports Fan

    Stetson is playing like someone who has absolutely nothing to lose. What’s the worst that could happen? Make him the 4th string quarterback and bring in a 5-star transfer to push him further down the depth chart?

    He is living his dream. In the words of Eminem, “you only get one shot, do not miss your chance…”. A gunslinger mentality makes this Monken offense work. And Stetson has it. They’re gonna have to pry the starting job from his cold dead hands at this point.

    While defenses will adjust to him, he will keep getting better. Particularly on pre-snap reads and “timing routes”, that just come with experience and repetition.

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    • charlottedawg

      As someone who’s still skeptical of our ceiling with a former walk on at QB, I completely concur that a huge plus for Bennet is he absolutely plays like he has nothing to lose but not in a reckless way. My only concern from that is that he’s 5 foot nothing and sometimes on those runs he needs to take a slide to avoid getting splattered like at the end of the Tenn game.

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  11. classiccitycanine

    I was afraid that they would sit on the middle and short routes since Bennett doesn’t have the arm to throw deep but I see Bama may actually be vulnerable there. What a welcome sight, especially knowing that-unlike Fromm, Bennett will throw over the middle.


  12. gotthepicture

    Ole Miss also had success running up the middle


  13. practicaldawg

    And yet somehow I think Saban has seen the same analytics and will be far better prepared in the middle of the field on Saturday. That said, it’s sure refreshing to see us targeting the entire field and to know we have options.

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  14. TN Dawg

    Fromm fell in love with the back shoulder throw. He felt comfortable with it.

    It was well hidden in 2017, because we ran the ball with two NFL running backs about 65% if the time.

    By 2019 the book was out on Fromm and the coverage showed it.

    I think a lot of the blame gets placed on Coley, and rightly so. But I honestly don’t think Fromm saw the middle of the field well or was so risk averse that he was reluctant to throw into tighter windows inside the hashes or perhaps both.

    Stetson, being more of a risk taker, isn’t afraid to go there and Monken’s scheme requires that.

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    • theotherdoug

      Generally over the middle you need to throw the WR open, and that wasn’t Fromm’s strength. He feasted on throwing to a spot in zone coverage.


    • The Truth

      Did you hear the admiration in Gary’s voice on Saturday when he talked about SB IV “throwing McKitty open” on one of those seam routes?

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