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We all like to do some armchair coaching from time to time, usually in hindsight, but I thought it would be fun to make your case on how you would attack UL both on offense and defense.
Alright coaches, here's your chance, how would you get the W against the dirty birds?
"Kentucky Football needs to be and will be a championship contender in the SEC."~Mitch Barnhart 11/4/12
Blitzkrieg on D.
No huddle on O.
Focus on stuffing the run and blitzing Bridgewater as much as posible. Hopefully, that will equalize things for our young secondary. If Teddy is always trying to escape and make a play, he'll be just off target enough to give our cornerbacks the time to adjust. Gotta do a lot of crazy stunts/blitzes etc to confuse him though, so that ol' "Teddy Heisman" never knows where it's coming from. Also, tell Bud Dupree before the game that his one and only duty is to take Bridgewater's head off!
On offense, I think we just need to start with short passes, screens, and tight end dump offs to spread out the field. Balance that with a solid run game, which will require a steady mixture of Coshik and Mobely IMO, and we will open up an occasional homerun pass downfield. Essentially, make our offense look as much like the 07 offense as possible.
Of course we've gotta be able to put some points on the board, but the key is in the D. If we nuetralize UL's offense, we stay in the game to the end and have a great chance to win. Getting an early lead would bode well for us if Mobely is truly ready to run it up the middle and move the pile. I know they have a lot of talent, but I feel like UL's linebackers are suspect, and won't be able to stop a big back like Mobely. If we can get a lead and wear some clock, it could be a long day for the tardinal birds.
Incorporate the pistol formation on first down and long 3rd down situations. I know everyone want to c the ball in the air more bit I would b more inclined to introduce my 3 200+ running backs to the U of L lb's and DB's than I would be to sling it around the field.
Use a two tight end set and utilize it more in both the running and passing game. I would send shields a little more vertical while Robinson would b in more a protect and then release role.
On D I would let minter do what ever he wants. Jmo!
This post has been edited 5 times, most recently by pdsimpson73 20 months ago
Your team. All the time.
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." ~ Emerson
My goal on defense would be to limit the running game and pressure the QB. On offense I would attack the UofL secondary which IMO is the weak point of their defense.
A couple of those 98 yard scoring drives mostly on the ground like in the scrimage would also be nice.
This post was edited by Cll80 20 months ago
I start by driving the ball down thier throats. I would use heavy doses of Mobley, George, Taylor, and Williams..get behing Matt Smith and Larry Warford..and pund the ball. Then when I get the safties in the box I let Max Smith throw it deep to King,Robinson,Sweat..whoever..I come back in the 2nd half and change it up..I sling the bll all over the place with screens to backs and short bubble screens to our playmaking WR's. But 1st..I would just whip them up front, pound on thier Lb's and Db's to set things up for our faster backs and recievers.
On D..its simple..Bridgewater is a dual-threat...you have to be careful with blitzing because he can gash you running. I would use delayed blitzes..or blitz my DB's, and have my LB's hang back. Bridgewater isnt going to burn you deep to often..I would apply careful pressure..but I would pressure him every down. Yo have to hold containment with a running Qb, but I see If we cant just whip the 'Tards OL. Dupree and our DE's need to live in the 'Tards backfield. If you can rattle Bridgewater..Gameover.
Back to offense...it really depends on our young OL..if they mesh with Warford and Smith..I allow Max Smith to sling the ball on them..only after we've softened them up by pounding the ball down thier throats..
1. Do not bring pressure to Bridgewater...the CB need bigtime help over the top with Parker especially. We have no matchup with UL WR...so safety help is essential. Lean on Rumph, Ukwu and Cobble to stalemate the UL run game. Cover 2 with deep help...hope the LB core can control the short passing game. Controlled pass rush with front four to contain Bridgewater in the pocket...maybe Dupree can be a kid that is not blockable and change the game with his talent.
2. ON offense...I thought we had our 2nd best game of year vs. UL. Short passing game vs. UL zone look. Smith looks like he can pick/pry teams apart if they just lack back. When UL does get nosy...King has a mismatch with his length on the fade routes...that is our bread and butter. I honestly don't think UK can stuff it down UL's throat. I'd argue our best bet is Smith in shotgun and short passing attack.
3. Hidden gem of UK's season may be Sweat in return game. I've heard Sweat could be Cobb-like in return game with his speed and he is a strong runner. So getting field position or scores from special teams may be our calling,
Make their offense one dimensional. We can'thave them running the ball like they did last year. Limit their big plays in the passing game. When we bring pressure we have to at least get in Bridgewater's face.
On offense we need to control the clock with the running game and hit a big play or two to keep them from loading the box. Wouldn't mind seeing a trick play just to keep them on their heels.
I really don't see that big of a talent gap overall between the two teams. I think they are better than us at QB, WR, and the defensive backfield. In the college game a playmaker at QB makes a world of difference and Brigdewater has certainly been billed as such. If he is as good as the hype it will be tough for us to pull out the win. If he has a rough day then we have a very good shot at upsetting them.
This post was edited by PAXCAT 20 months ago
Pretty simple really.... Win the battle at the line of scrimmage. Stop the run!!! That to me is the key to winning the game... If we can slow down/stop their ground attack, including bridgewater, we are in good shape as long as we don't catch the turnover bug!
Either win the battle or hold our own for at least 3 quarters in the trenches (offensive and defensive line) and don’t turn the ball over; and get 1 or 2 scores off of special teams and we have a slight chance of pulling this one out. I still look for UL to win by 13. Go Blue!
To win any football game you want to turn them over and you do not want to commit any turnovers. To out rush them would mean we win the battle up front, but you have to contain TB and his feet as well.
On offense establish the run. Then run play action when the defense starts creeping up. That keeps UL O on the sidelines and keeps our defense fresh. On defense keep everything in front of us and keep containment of bridgewater. Rely on our dline to get pressure and help the secondary.
It's pretty simple. Stop the run. The game got away from us last year when we couldn't stop the run.
On offense, score more points. ;)
On defense, send people away on stretchers. :)
Post game brag your ass off.
K-Time is right, you blitz a pocket QB, you contain a duel threat QB. If you throw blitzes at a guy that's as least as fast as your blitzer you set yourself up to get burned for a big play. Make Bridgewater throw out of the pocket to neutralize his speed. We have matchup problems with their receivers IMO so I would be inclined to use a cover three shell or other loose zone on passing downs.
On offense you have to believe the strength is going to be the running game. If we can't run the ball effectively with the likes of Clemmons, Williams, Taylor & Mobley etc. then we are going to be in for a long day IMO. Shorten the game with the running game and try to play field position. Keep pounding on them with our big guys and hopefully wear them down in the 4th quarter. With all the youth in the receiver corp, and at QB we can't get too fancy with the passing game. I would rotate QBs with Smith as the starter and bringing in Newton situationally to pose a running threat as well as his ability to make the deep throw. That will help confuse the defense and cause them to be playing more on their heals. Smith to King is not really a big play threat, Newton to King is.
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by Deeeefense 20 months ago
"Ignorance is constricted awareness" - Deepak Chopra
On O, we need to get creative (motion, sets) and send the TEs and RBs out into flats to move around their LBs. We need to dictate pace and scheme... No vanilla ground and pound. Get to edges.
D. I trust Minter at being more exotic than anything I could recommend or even comprehend... So no comment.
Nice post, Bridgewater is too good on the run, and the UL receivers are too talented to bring pressure. UK needs to keep the defense boring keep receivers covered. Short passes against Louisville were successful last season because of the defense's tendency to blitz constantly. I'd try it again, but Strong has already said he thinks the D-line is good enough to bring pressure consistently without much help from extra guys blitzing this year. In last year's game UK's no huddle looked really good in the last drive. Of course that was Newton, that may not be Smith's strong point.
With all of the fans saying this game is a must win, one must approach the gameplan with that mentality. The Playbook must be opened up and no gimmick left untouchable.
On defense, a basic cover two will do. There's no reason to give the Cardinals man to man with any consistency or the young DBs will get whipped. Have Bud Dupree utilize a QB spy position. If Bridgewater steps out of the pocket to tuck and run, Dupree needs to be right there to lay the lumber. Otherwise, he can keep the short dumpoffs to the TE in check if Cobble and crew can get in the pocket.
On offense, I would definitely use Smith and either Newton or the freshman dual threat QB. This game could play out very similarly to the UT game last year. Our stable of RBs should be able to open up some playaction looks as the game wears on. If there are a handfull of gimmick plays available, than use them.
The bottom line is this, if The Cats can score three touchdowns or more, than UK will certainly make things interesting. If not, than that puts a remarkable amount of pressure on our D to keep a productive Cardinal offense out of the endzone.
Should be a "Barn-Burner!"
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