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    Default Opening The Playbook

    Wasn't the focus this past season opening up the playbook?

    Can anybody who watches maybe more closely what if anything we have done any different? I haven't seen any speed sweeps, I haven't really seen any kind of misdirection. The only motion we do is moving a WR to a RB, setting, and then snapping the ball, so I don't count that as motion style plays.

    Have we added any new wrinkles this year?

    I do get that our o-line is weak, and we have to run the IZ, but what in terms of play design are we actually doing different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSU08 View Post
    Wasn't the focus this past season opening up the playbook?

    Can anybody who watches maybe more closely what if anything we have done any different? I haven't seen any speed sweeps, I haven't really seen any kind of misdirection. The only motion we do is moving a WR to a RB, setting, and then snapping the ball, so I don't count that as motion style plays.

    Have we added any new wrinkles this year?

    I do get that our o-line is weak, and we have to run the IZ, but what in terms of play design are we actually doing different?
    I guess no one else caught that on the first drive alone, we ran a new formation with a personnel package we've never run before. We also ran a play out of the flex that we haven't run before.

    We do different stuff quite a bit actually.

    The problem is that we are still inconsistent in blocking, and when we do get good blocks we're still either missing blocks or backs aren't picking the right gap. We aren't putting the pieces together all at the same time. And when we go to pass the ball, we still have a QB that doesn't make the throw unless the WR is completely open.

    The biggest change I'd like to see pretty much immediately is to get rid of huddling. It's non value added and it needs to go. The Cajuns absolutely murdered us on the first drive by making formation shifts that caused our defense to be extremely mismatched. And they did it by moving between snaps quickly. The rules are there in favor of things like that one the offensive side of the ball, but we're huddling up like this is the 80s. I understood why we did it last year, and I thought it was a good thing, but we need to get away from it. We can still drain the clock, but we need everyone getting calls from the sideline and we need to have more time to make adjustments if needed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by eaglewraith View Post
    I guess no one else caught that on the first drive alone, we ran a new formation with a personnel package we've never run before. We also ran a play out of the flex that we haven't run before.

    We do different stuff quite a bit actually.

    The problem is that we are still inconsistent in blocking, and when we do get good blocks we're still either missing blocks or backs aren't picking the right gap. We aren't putting the pieces together all at the same time. And when we go to pass the ball, we still have a QB that doesn't make the throw unless the WR is completely open.

    The biggest change I'd like to see pretty much immediately is to get rid of huddling. It's non value added and it needs to go. The Cajuns absolutely murdered us on the first drive by making formation shifts that caused our defense to be extremely mismatched. And they did it by moving between snaps quickly. The rules are there in favor of things like that one the offensive side of the ball, but we're huddling up like this is the 80s. I understood why we did it last year, and I thought it was a good thing, but we need to get away from it. We can still drain the clock, but we need everyone getting calls from the sideline and we need to have more time to make adjustments if needed.
    I saw the flex play, but didn't really notice some of the other wrinkles. That's why I asked. This wasn't meant as a bashing type of thread, and as mentioned, I know that blocking is our number 1 issue, regardless of what plays or formations we run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSU08 View Post
    Wasn't the focus this past season opening up the playbook?

    Can anybody who watches maybe more closely what if anything we have done any different? I haven't seen any speed sweeps, I haven't really seen any kind of misdirection. The only motion we do is moving a WR to a RB, setting, and then snapping the ball, so I don't count that as motion style plays.

    Have we added any new wrinkles this year?

    I do get that our o-line is weak, and we have to run the IZ, but what in terms of play design are we actually doing different?
    We are doing something different from last year.

    We're being more simplistic this season than last season.
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    Whats crazy is that we completed maybe 2 passes the entire game prior to our 5 consecutive passes on our last drive.

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    It seems to me that we are running basically the same play out of several different formations.

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    I think we need to focus on proper execution of core base plays before we talk about opening up the playbook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EAGLEX2 View Post
    It seems to me that we are running basically the same play out of several different formations.
    You mean like in the Flex where we basically had about 6 plays? It's not about the number of plays or the variations so much as it is the execution of those plays. If we were blocking well, and if we were not snapping the ball over the QB's head, very few would be screaming that the sky is falling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcountry View Post
    We run two or three plays out of those formations, but it’s hard to tell, because usually the defense is jumping all over our QB before he can take 5 steps
    Yep. Blocking is a wonderful thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcountry View Post
    We run two or three plays out of those formations, but it’s hard to tell, because usually the defense is jumping all over our QB before he can take 5 steps
    wait....you mean that our blocking is suspect and that the lack of blocking blows up the plays before they can get moving????? Then does it really matter what the scheme is or what plays are called if we can't execute and block? That is what many have been trying to tell you for weeks, yet you keep spouting on and on about how Debesse doesn't know what he's doing and that play calling is atrocious. He can call the most pristine game with all the bells and whistles, but if we don't block it won't do diddly squat.
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