OK, one last question. Maybe because the quarterback has the ball in his hands every play and thus has a greater chance of fumbling. Plus, generally speaking, and especially in this offense, backs are far more interchangeable than quarterbacks.
It looks like that's all the questions for this week. I always say this, but my thanks again for a lot of really insightful and well-informed questions. i will try to get answers for your questions and post them on the blog. Thanks to all who had questions or read along. I'll be back next week. Please come back for more news and blogs the rest of the week!
I figured that's what you meant. I've got a three-year-old. I do a lot of translating.
I'm sure he has, although I don't remember off the top of my head. "Because it works" or some variation. But I don't know the answer to your question. I guess part of it is that, if a defense is stacking the box against the run, that would leave less room underneath to run a slant. Just an attempt at a guess.
I can answer that one. 7:30 p.m.
Another good question. It seems like sales don't usually respond that quickly. I know the ticket office has some sort of special going for the game. I think tickets are $35 if you buy four, or something like that. I hadn't heard about the helmets, but I hope someone gets me one. I lost the last one I had.
I confess I don't know. I didn't watch him specifically often, and I haven't been able to watch a replay yet. He wasn't great at pass rush, as I recall, but he was, at least, part of a pretty good run defense effort. i'll try to find out.
As I mentioned earlier - at least I think I did - it's hard to change the game plan. You're limited by the talent you have and what it can do. If Roof had three corners who were superior at man coverage, he'd blitz more. If he still had Jeremiah Attaochu, he'd set him loose. I feel pretty comfortable saying he's not playing loose coverage because he likes to play soft.
I would doubt the school would be able to put it on its website, so I'm not sure what your options are. Maybe it'd be on WatchESPN or ESPN3. Either that or find someone with ESPNU.
I'm not sure i called them out in a sense of chastising. I was among the many who figured he would play more than he has based on his performances in the spring and the preseason. But, you're right - maybe Byerly would be doing as well or better than Thomas. that said, while I personally don't have evidence, I think coaches are making their playing time decisions based on what they see in practice. On the other hand, Johnson said something Monday about how sometimes you don't know how a player will do until you put him on the field. It's conceivable Byerly could play more. But it's also conceivable Thomas will keep getting better and making it harder to take him off the field.
I think he's doing well enough there. Johnson has repeatedly said he wants to give him more playing time, but has been limited by the limited number of possessions/snaps in the first four games. he played a little at A-back against Virginia Tech.
I didn't make a formal pick. I think I told a Virginia radio station that it was hard to go against the history of the series, or something to that effect. What Nebraska did is to some degree encouraging, but Miami has given Tech plenty of trouble in the run game in the past. They've got a defensive tackle, Pierre Olsen, who looks like he could cause problems. Often for Tech, that's where trouble starts.
He can, but he can't do any on-field coaching (per NCAA rules, only the head coach, nine assistants and GA's, I believe, are allowed to do that. it prevents a school from hiring 20 assistant coaches) but he can mentor in a broader sense. I don't know if he does. I meant to find out when I wrote the story last Saturday. I'll try to find out at some point.
I hope to find out today, but my guess would be yes. (but I'm not a doctor)
it would depend on a) if Miami beats Duke and b) who ahead of Tech loses this week or next. Given the way the season has gone thus far, with so much balance, I'd think it would happen.
without having seen the other 13, it's hard to say, but their four wins might be the least impressive. They could easily be 2-2 with a home loss to a Sun Belt team. I think you can feel good about the team that it's 4-0 with a lot of room to improve, but you could also say they're lucky to be 4-0 given how they've played and their shortcomings will be exposed in time.
There's a lot of people that work in the department and play for the teams that are easy to interact with. As for what I don't like, the hours can be long, especially when you're as slow as me.
A patient and accurate quarterback would probably do very well against this defense (and most defenses, but this one in particular) A rather fortuitous aspect of Tech's schedule is that they don't face many quarterbacks who would fit that description. Jacoby Brissett at N.C. State (69.7 completion percentage, 10/1 TD/INT ratio) could be trouble.
I sort of touched on this a little bit ago. I think the first step is not giving up 60-yard plays, as they did the first three games, but didn't do against Virginia Tech. Then the pass rush has to improve. Without a consistent pass rush, playing tight man coverage is a bit of a risky move. In some respects, it's how you have to play defense when you lose six starters, three of whom were drafted, and a lot of the replacements are young/inexperienced.
It was a great block. he's had some challenges picking up blitzes. On the fourth-and-2 that they missed in the first half on the pass to Darren Waller, he overran the block, which forced the errant throw. If Smelter gets more attention, Waller would be the obvious alternative. I don't know how much a defense could roll coverage to a wide receiver, though, in this offense.