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Just watched the replay, yet again...

  • Here's one more post of analysis on the game. I watched it again and this time I ran each play in slomo, which was kind of cool. I different perspective than I have ever watched a game before. So, some of the highlights and lowlights for me, Sorry for the random nature of my thoughts:

    * Morgan actually played fine after the first quarter. Not flawless, but not that bad at all. I'm not worried about him. I think he got his first game jitters over with.
    * I think Gene Mc. will be solid next week. He saw more snaps and looked more comfortable as the game went on. I think one of the WR spots is going to be fine (yes we have two more to worry about).
    * The more I watch, the worse the Oline looks. My gosh, I would never have believed it. For example, to begin each series, we had an Olineman pushed into the backfield, disrupting the RB. They were having to make people miss to get back to the line of scrimmage.
    * Lots of talk about how bad Roark was? He was absolutely no worse than Larod King.
    * The worst play Morgan made was not the early interception, it was the last the one in the redzone. He simply didn't trust the WR and didn't throw the ball. Bad, bad, play.
    * Mikey Benton played well. Not just well for a walk-on, he played well.
    * I was disappointed in how Western won the line of scrimmage on offense. I thought the D played really, well, but we were never able to bow up and not give up 2 yards when we needed to.
    * Kick coverage an punt coverage was very good
    * I like Randal Burden on the punt return. Nothing flashy, but, there were a couple of times he came up to field the ball instead of letting it hit the ground and saved us 10 to 15 yards each time.
    * I kept seeing #2 everywhere. Not necessarily making the playing but being right there effecting the play. I finally looked him up. Alvin Dupree... I likey, very much!
    * I'm not one to question the coaches, but I'd expect to see the snaps be 60% Clemons and rest split between the others next week. Not only did he run better, he seemed to pick up his blocks better also.
    * Have I mentioned how bad the Oline played? Holy crap!
    * We never got enough consecutive snaps for the play calling to ever get in rythm. Had to be frustrating for the coaches. It sure was for us fans.
    * We missed Tyler Robinson a lot I think. I'll be watching to see how the TE blocking picks up next week with him back.
    * The second worst play for Morgan was missing the FB in the flat WIDE OPEN in teh 4th quarter. He'll be fine I think (I hope) but he never got in rythm either.
    * The weird interception where Stuart HInes almost caught his second pass. Really bad luck. The Dback hit Jordan A. just before the ball got there, (or just as depending on your view) and the ball popped into the air. Cats were on the plus side of the field and had just converted a running 3rd down play. Just that kind of night
    * I really, really hope neither Winston nor Danny get hurt this year. Those guys are playing at a whole other level than we are used to seeing. Being in a perfect system, and being seniors, is a perfect storm.
    * I'm really anxious to see us play a team with more of a passing threat to see how we adjust. One things for sure, the old seven step drop sit and wait for a receiver days are over. We did a really good job getting pressure. That first "miss" the QB for Western had (not the TE, that was just horrible) he missed because he had a defender in his chest and couldn't follow through. That's a win.
    * Gonna play coach for just a minute. We need to pass more on first down. Even if it's a 5 yard out, it's better than the 1 yard off tackle. Western completely expected the running plays on first down. I think we just lacked confidence and didn't want the negative or net zero plays on first down that we were afraid a passing play would yield. A little success will go a long way there.
    * When Morgan took off on 3rd down and 14, he did what I thought he could do all night. Not be a running QB, but be a scrambling QB. Hopefully, he'll look at film and see what he did well, and what didn't go well.
    * Two delay of games on Morgan. That's probably worse than the INT.
    * It kind of pisses me off that Larod got the TD catch after a really, really bad night. OK, I'm over it now. lol
    * So, overall, if the Oline plays better, we're a LOT better team. Even with the drops, if we had even a decent running game (which we should) the game would never be in doubt. More snaps, more rythm, better offense.

    I always say you have to play at least 3 games to know what you have. Anything less is had too many variables to trust. I believe the same here. After Lville, we'll have a better idea.

    SSP4L!! #GBB

  • terryinbham said... (original post)

    Here's one more post of analysis on the game. I watched it again and this time I ran each play in slomo, which was kind of cool. I different perspective than I have ever watched a game before. So, some of the highlights and lowlights for me, Sorry for the random nature of my thoughts:

    * Morgan actually played fine after the first quarter. Not flawless, but not that bad at all. I'm not worried about him. I think he got his first game jitters over with. * I think Gene Mc. will be solid next week. He saw more snaps and looked more comfortable as the game went on. I think one of the WR spots is going to be fine (yes we have two more to worry about). * The more I watch, the worse the Oline looks. My gosh, I would never have believed it. For example, to begin each series, we had an Olineman pushed into the backfield, disrupting the RB. They were having to make people miss to get back to the line of scrimmage. * Lots of talk about how bad Roark was? He was absolutely no worse than Larod King. * The worst play Morgan made was not the early interception, it was the last the one in the redzone. He simply didn't trust the WR and didn't throw the ball. Bad, bad, play. * Mikey Benton played well. Not just well for a walk-on, he played well. * I was disappointed in how Western won the line of scrimmage on offense. I thought the D played really, well, but we were never able to bow up and not give up 2 yards when we needed to. * Kick coverage an punt coverage was very good * I like Randal Burden on the punt return. Nothing flashy, but, there were a couple of times he came up to field the ball instead of letting it hit the ground and saved us 10 to 15 yards each time. * I kept seeing #2 everywhere. Not necessarily making the playing but being right there effecting the play. I finally looked him up. Alvin Dupree... I likey, very much! * I'm not one to question the coaches, but I'd expect to see the snaps be 60% Clemons and rest split between the others next week. Not only did he run better, he seemed to pick up his blocks better also. * Have I mentioned how bad the Oline played? Holy crap! * We never got enough consecutive snaps for the play calling to ever get in rythm. Had to be frustrating for the coaches. It sure was for us fans. * We missed Tyler Robinson a lot I think. I'll be watching to see how the TE blocking picks up next week with him back. * The second worst play for Morgan was missing the FB in the flat WIDE OPEN in teh 4th quarter. He'll be fine I think (I hope) but he never got in rythm either. * The weird interception where Stuart HInes almost caught his second pass. Really bad luck. The Dback hit Jordan A. just before the ball got there, (or just as depending on your view) and the ball popped into the air. Cats were on the plus side of the field and had just converted a running 3rd down play. Just that kind of night * I really, really hope neither Winston nor Danny get hurt this year. Those guys are playing at a whole other level than we are used to seeing. Being in a perfect system, and being seniors, is a perfect storm. * I'm really anxious to see us play a team with more of a passing threat to see how we adjust. One things for sure, the old seven step drop sit and wait for a receiver days are over. We did a really good job getting pressure. That first "miss" the QB for Western had (not the TE, that was just horrible) he missed because he had a defender in his chest and couldn't follow through. That's a win. * Gonna play coach for just a minute. We need to pass more on first down. Even if it's a 5 yard out, it's better than the 1 yard off tackle. Western completely expected the running plays on first down. I think we just lacked confidence and didn't want the negative or net zero plays on first down that we were afraid a passing play would yield. A little success will go a long way there. * When Morgan took off on 3rd down and 14, he did what I thought he could do all night. Not be a running QB, but be a scrambling QB. Hopefully, he'll look at film and see what he did well, and what didn't go well. * Two delay of games on Morgan. That's probably worse than the INT. * It kind of pisses me off that Larod got the TD catch after a really, really bad night. OK, I'm over it now. lol* So, overall, if the Oline plays better, we're a LOT better team. Even with the drops, if we had even a decent running game (which we should) the game would never be in doubt. More snaps, more rythm, better offense.

    I always say you have to play at least 3 games to know what you have. Anything less is had too many variables to trust. I believe the same here. After Lville, we'll have a better idea.

    Ha terry why in the world would you put yourself through that again? biggrin

    Nice analysis. I agree for the most part. A lot of knee-jerk reaction. UK was very, very bad but in all probability, they won't be that bad again this season.

    Things are never as bad as they seem.

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  • All good points, Terry. And you indeed are a glutton for punishment for watching that game again.

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  • I think the concern is that UK has been solidly beaten along the LOS in two games in a row now, Pitt and WKU. Is it a trend, or two abirations?

  • terryinbham said... (original post)

    Here's one more post of analysis on the game. I watched it again and this time I ran each play in slomo, which was kind of cool. I different perspective than I have ever watched a game before. So, some of the highlights and lowlights for me, Sorry for the random nature of my thoughts:

    * Morgan actually played fine after the first quarter. Not flawless, but not that bad at all. I'm not worried about him. I think he got his first game jitters over with. * I think Gene Mc. will be solid next week. He saw more snaps and looked more comfortable as the game went on. I think one of the WR spots is going to be fine (yes we have two more to worry about). * The more I watch, the worse the Oline looks. My gosh, I would never have believed it. For example, to begin each series, we had an Olineman pushed into the backfield, disrupting the RB. They were having to make people miss to get back to the line of scrimmage. * Lots of talk about how bad Roark was? He was absolutely no worse than Larod King. * The worst play Morgan made was not the early interception, it was the last the one in the redzone. He simply didn't trust the WR and didn't throw the ball. Bad, bad, play. * Mikey Benton played well. Not just well for a walk-on, he played well. * I was disappointed in how Western won the line of scrimmage on offense. I thought the D played really, well, but we were never able to bow up and not give up 2 yards when we needed to. * Kick coverage an punt coverage was very good * I like Randal Burden on the punt return. Nothing flashy, but, there were a couple of times he came up to field the ball instead of letting it hit the ground and saved us 10 to 15 yards each time. * I kept seeing #2 everywhere. Not necessarily making the playing but being right there effecting the play. I finally looked him up. Alvin Dupree... I likey, very much! * I'm not one to question the coaches, but I'd expect to see the snaps be 60% Clemons and rest split between the others next week. Not only did he run better, he seemed to pick up his blocks better also. * Have I mentioned how bad the Oline played? Holy crap! * We never got enough consecutive snaps for the play calling to ever get in rythm. Had to be frustrating for the coaches. It sure was for us fans. * We missed Tyler Robinson a lot I think. I'll be watching to see how the TE blocking picks up next week with him back. * The second worst play for Morgan was missing the FB in the flat WIDE OPEN in teh 4th quarter. He'll be fine I think (I hope) but he never got in rythm either. * The weird interception where Stuart HInes almost caught his second pass. Really bad luck. The Dback hit Jordan A. just before the ball got there, (or just as depending on your view) and the ball popped into the air. Cats were on the plus side of the field and had just converted a running 3rd down play. Just that kind of night * I really, really hope neither Winston nor Danny get hurt this year. Those guys are playing at a whole other level than we are used to seeing. Being in a perfect system, and being seniors, is a perfect storm. * I'm really anxious to see us play a team with more of a passing threat to see how we adjust. One things for sure, the old seven step drop sit and wait for a receiver days are over. We did a really good job getting pressure. That first "miss" the QB for Western had (not the TE, that was just horrible) he missed because he had a defender in his chest and couldn't follow through. That's a win. * Gonna play coach for just a minute. We need to pass more on first down. Even if it's a 5 yard out, it's better than the 1 yard off tackle. Western completely expected the running plays on first down. I think we just lacked confidence and didn't want the negative or net zero plays on first down that we were afraid a passing play would yield. A little success will go a long way there. * When Morgan took off on 3rd down and 14, he did what I thought he could do all night. Not be a running QB, but be a scrambling QB. Hopefully, he'll look at film and see what he did well, and what didn't go well. * Two delay of games on Morgan. That's probably worse than the INT. * It kind of pisses me off that Larod got the TD catch after a really, really bad night. OK, I'm over it now. * So, overall, if the Oline plays better, we're a LOT better team. Even with the drops, if we had even a decent running game (which we should) the game would never be in doubt. More snaps, more rythm, better offense.

    I always say you have to play at least 3 games to know what you have. Anything less is had too many variables to trust. I believe the same here. After Lville, we'll have a better idea.

    Agree with most everything.

    I think a big part of our play calling was based around the fact that we knew our defense could hold them out. We didn't want to give up a td off of a turnover.

  • I'm surprised no more commentary on the defense. It seemed to me that there were more than a few plays where WKU had us burned and dropped the ball.

  • BlueGhost said... (original post)

    I'm surprised no more commentary on the defense. It seemed to me that there were more than a few plays where WKU had us burned and dropped the ball.

    If WKU didn't capitalize...what does it matter?

    Edge

  • BlueGhost said... (original post)

    I'm surprised no more commentary on the defense. It seemed to me that there were more than a few plays where WKU had us burned and dropped the ball.

    Not really. Go back and watch the film. There were three, and on one of those, our pressure caused the QB to throw the ball early.

  • MinterWonderlnd said... (original post)

    I think the concern is that UK has been solidly beaten along the LOS in two games in a row now, Pitt and WKU. Is it a trend, or two abirations?

    I agree. Long term that's the only thing that worries me. I'm convinced our receivers will be fine catching the ball. But will the o-line get it together? I think part of the issue is that so many of them have missed signifcant portions of camp. Practice isn't the same as the game. They missed almost all of the scrimmage activity in the fall camp. I expect to see a big jump this week along the o-line.

  • ajp40505 said... (original post)

    Not really. Go back and watch the film. There were three, and on one of those, our pressure caused the QB to throw the ball early.

    Correct. The only completely hideous play was when the TE was uncovered by a mile. They ran a very deep cross with a WR and the TE and we left the TE alone.

    SSP4L!! #GBB

  • You mean other than tripping over your own feet?

  • If our play calling is based on being scared that we are going to turn the ball over we are in more trouble than most people think we are. We have got to be the aggressor or just losing by a little and not alot will be our only win the whole year, especially when we play someone we are not suppose to beat.

    jwalker80

  • MatanzasCat said... (original post)

    You mean other than tripping over your own feet?

    I understand your point. Physical mistakes don't bother me as much as mental ones at the QB spot. It was definitely ugly, but I've seen better QB's than Morgan do that, ones that get paid to do it on Sunday.

    SSP4L!! #GBB

  • MatanzasCat said... (original post)

    You mean other than tripping over your own feet?

    That was pretty bad to the point of being funny, but I'm not going to hold it against him. I haven't watched the whole game again (ever. EVER.) but everyone insists Newton wasn't as bad as his numbers indicate. I'm just going to go with that and see what happens next week.

    One thing I do want to point out. There are a lot of folks defending Newton because the receivers couldn't catch the ball. I don't really care if it's the QB or the receivers - if our passing game sucks, our passing game sucks. I'm looking forward to seeing what McCaskill, Adams, Fields & Robinson can do now that we have the first game out of the way. I'm confident Newton can play decent enough to get those guys a fighting chance, and I'm sure we have 3 WRs on our roster who will take advantage of the opportunity when given to them. I just hope it's against CMU when they start clicking so we don't have that huge question mark going into Florida or little brother.

  • terryinbham said... (original post)

    If our play calling is based on being scared that we are going to turn the ball over we are in more trouble than most people think we are. We have got to be the aggressor or just losing by a little and not alot will be our only win the whole year, especially when we play someone we are not suppose to beat.

    Every coach in the country is more conservative in the first game. For several reasons. A. You likely have first time starters who need to have the gameplan simple so they can process things quicker.

  • hoptownukfan said... (original post)

    I'm convinced our receivers will be fine catching the ball. But will the o-line get it together?

    I'm the opposite, we played this game without as many as 4 starters for part or all of the game. History is on the side of the O-line, but for the receivers? not so much.

    "Ignorance is constricted awareness" - Deepak Chopra

  • Nice job Terry. I am more worried about the o-line than anything at this point. Sat. should tell us alot about this team.
    Defense will have to carry this team for a few weeks.