I don't believe it to be a Coinky dinky that the quickest way to get Cam out of a funk is? What for it. That's right. It's to run the No Huddle. Everyone sees it. Everyone, hopefully, knows it. Now, let us not lose sight of the fact that Cam is fully capable of running his Offense through the huddle. But, those times when he needs a little giddy upper. Just pull out the ol' No Huddle and away we go.
Cam still runs those Read Options. He also doesn't "Run" with the ball very often. By that I mean to tell ya. If the run is there, he gives it up. If the run ain't there, Cam looks to pass. Yuppers. It's twue. It's twue. Look for the quick hitter, or take a step back and go through your progressions. Oh, he Will look to run, but only if it's wide open, and only when we need a spark. But if you watch him, you just may notice, he doesn't "Run" as much as your memory told you.
Pretty much what we do. Power run, with a sprinkling of the Read Option. Play action works well for us because we can do both. LBers have to wait that little bit, which is all you can ask for.
My only real complaint about Shula is his, for lack of a better phrase, lack of use of the crossing route. Especially off play action. We seem to have enough speed in Ginn Jr. and Corey. Throw in Byrd, Boykin, or Todman. Hellz, even Stewy is quick enough to utilize it. Get your quick guys on the crossing routes, and watch Olsen have a career year. Nothing a LBer hates more than worrying about some snaky little WR sneaking through his hole. Get him worried over that, and he forgets about Greg for just a little too long.
Oh well. Maybe dreams do come true.
Absofuginglutely. Throw in the option to pass. That my friend could be a nightmare to prepare for.
I love the way Cam runs the Read Option. Now. He has just gotten better at knowing when his lane is closed. He seems to be giving the ball up at lot more, instead of trying to make something out of nothing. Especially now that they pass out of it. Cam just seems so much more comfortable. Until he gets that urge. Sometimes he just feels he has to take over. Those are the times he keeps it too much. And those moments are best left for Cam. Cuz that's where he shines.
Kinda got carried away. Oops. But yea, the Read Option is the Red Zone should be a staple.
No, and no. One, it should be "Realistic" if we game plan, and they don't, that we should whoop that azz. Two, if the opposing team ain't up to our level, and we whoop that azz, that ain't our fault.
To add to your oh so solid point. I am of the mind that evaluation during Pre Season is the top priority. With an eye out to prepping for the real season. Which is why I advocate that the first two games should be exclusively for the back-ups. Then use the third game as a warm-up, with starters only playing three or four series. Then go full out in that last game with the starters going into the second half.
This gives you two and a half games to get a good look at the kids. Which allows you to make a quick, but informed, decision on who you want to go with. You can then finish the Pre Season working with the guys you are going to go to war with, so you aren't wasting time and energy on guys who aren't going to be around anywho.
Just a thought I have had floating around. Your post gave me push I needed to get it out there.
If they don't take us seriously. They deserve to get their azz whooped.
Yeah, I am not saying move them to the top of the charts. Not by any stretch. But, we saw enough last night for guys like Cox and Wegher to move up the charts. You need to see if it was the competition that made them look good. Or can they still look good against better competition.
Cox especially. He was the only D-lineman that got good pressure, and he did it almost from his first snap. Now, I didn't see him do much against the run. But that could be I hadn't noticed him until he started getting pressure on the QB.
I just like that guys that are playing in the later part of the game still have made an impression. To me that warrants getting more reps. Let's see if it WAS just one game. Or is it sustainable? It is hard enough to make this team as it is. But let's not overlook these kids out of hand.
Two more Preseason games left for these kids. Let them play. Let's get some good tape. Then make an informed opinion.
tl/dr version. Some of these kids are going to be hard to let go. And that hasn't been said around here for quite some time. Yea!!!
To me, what it showed was that CAP, Wegher, and especially Cox, did enough to warrant a look earlier in the game. They earned a chance to go against better competition. Then we can see if they can still do what they did. Or was it really the competition? Cox especially had four plays in a row that pretty much sealed the win. That warrants a bump in playing time. Or I could just be dreaming. Nah, I liked what I saw. Now let's see if they can repeat it.
I agree with Igo on this one. Back in the day Defenses were beefed up to stop teams running on them. So Offenses got quicker and threw on them. Now, most Ds are built to stop the pass. All lean and quick, with no meat on the bones. Now is the perfect time to unleash a beastly O-line and pound those smaller Ds. Force them into making adjustments to stop our running attack. Once that happens, the passing game could take off.
With our WRs, if we force teams to respect the run, only good things can happen. Tire the D out, force them to adjust, and we can be effective without having to be unconventional. Shula ball can work with what we do against Ds that are not geared to stop it.
I concur wholeheartedly that he has his work cut out for him. Best case-he takes over at DE, and never looks back. Worse case-winds up at the bottom of the depth chart, and is never heard from again.
Best case. Rivera would love this. Not only does it settle his line, it gives him all year to play with Ealy. First, the ONLY thing Rivera loves more than having his LB corp. settled, is having his D-line settled. It allows him to set his practice up the way he wants it, not the way he has to. You only have so many reps to go around. It helps when you are filling out the practice schedule, to know who your starters are. The more important benefit of having that starting line set? Getting your rotations set. In both game, and practice settings.
Ealy can wind up being our 6th man this year. Star needs to come out, put Ealy in and see how it works. KK? CJ? Any time you need a blow, Ealy is our man. Sorry. See where he seems to excel, or where he struggles. Use this year to evaluate the heck outta him. There are some tough decisions acomin'. Knowing what you can expect out of Ealy can make at least one of them easier.
Technically, we go with 4 dedicated 3rd down guys. The Panthers call it their "Nascar" Package, cuz everybody rushes 100 mph.
Not sure we are going to get a superstar out of our group. Ealy may come closes, if he can put it all together. And of course there is Big Frank. The Panther DE enigma. The Panthers would love for one of these guys to step up and take that last spot on the Front 4. Which would allow them to better set up their rotation. Setting up a solid rotation is much preferable to the "D-Line by Committee" of last year.
Now, come on folks. We all know folks out there know all about us. They just want to see us put it all together. No more up, then down then look good turns into WTF football, win one year, lose the next. In other words, "The Lions Syndrome."
Win the Division-Playoff team schedule the next year-don't make the playoffs. The next year-get non-Playoff team schedule, make the Play Offs. And the cycle continues.
We may have had a...hic-up along the way, but we are BTB NFCS Champ. Let's just keep winning and leave all that other shhhtuff for folks without a Play Off team to figure out.