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dalemurphy
08-15-2010, 05:38 PM
with the help of my Digital Video Recorder, I just completed a fairly comprehensive review of the 1st and 2nd team interior line play from last night (those who know me may be surprised with my grading of Kasey Studdard):

Texans Bull Blog (http://www.texansbullblog.com/film-study-arizona1st2nd-team-interior-oline/news/)

ObsiWan
08-15-2010, 05:41 PM
What's the first paragraph say? there's an ad I can't get rid of covering it up.
:o/

J_R
08-15-2010, 05:45 PM
I just finished going through the first half of the game via DVR and watching/rewatching the interior line. I used a grading system to track each player. First, I will give you some raw data and then discuss more about the specifics of each performance. I graded the two guards and center each play with a score between +2 and -2. On one play, I couldn’t help but hand out a -3, but more on that later. I weeded out plays like the end around and an unsuccessful screen pass, where the performance of the offensive line was irrelevant. So, here you go:

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ObsiWan
08-15-2010, 05:52 PM
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thanks

b0ng
08-15-2010, 06:03 PM
Good dissection, I just cannot see the guard play from the first stringers as much more than OK. I think the pass pro I'd going to be alright again this year but the interior running game is making me dabble in other psychoactive substances. Substances like bleach.

TheRealJoker
08-15-2010, 06:38 PM
Good writeup. I am excited about Caldwell finally breaking into the starting rotation on the interior OL. I was worried last season that he couldn't get significant PT with all the injuries on the interior, but I am encouraged by his play last night and hopeful moving forward.

He's got the strength we have lacked in the interior to get push in short yardage situations and will help Chris Meyers against the big NTs/DTs that have been a matchup problem for our center.

I think runs to the right side will be money this season with Caldwell and Winston clearing the way!!!

dalemurphy
08-15-2010, 07:35 PM
Good writeup. I am excited about Caldwell finally breaking into the starting rotation on the interior OL. I was worried last season that he couldn't get significant PT with all the injuries on the interior, but I am encouraged by his play last night and hopeful moving forward.

He's got the strength we have lacked in the interior to get push in short yardage situations and will help Chris Meyers against the big NTs/DTs that have been a matchup problem for our center.

I think runs to the right side will be money this season with Caldwell and Winston clearing the way!!!

Something I didn't mention in the article is that Caldwell pulled to the left in two of the first quarter running plays.. and, I think Studdard pulled a couple times as well. Something to watch as the preseason advances is to pay attention to running game wrinkles and at least some divergence from the zone running plays. I expect there will be a greater variety of running plays this season.

The Pencil Neck
08-15-2010, 10:39 PM
Something I didn't mention in the article is that Caldwell pulled to the left in two of the first quarter running plays.. and, I think Studdard pulled a couple times as well. Something to watch as the preseason advances is to pay attention to running game wrinkles and at least some divergence from the zone running plays. I expect there will be a greater variety of running plays this season.

Yeah, that's a good point. To me, the running game looked like it mixed the classic zone stuff with some straight ahead power types of plays. But I haven't really sat down and studied the game that closely.

76Texan
08-18-2010, 12:16 AM
Yeah, that's a good point. To me, the running game looked like it mixed the classic zone stuff with some straight ahead power types of plays. But I haven't really sat down and studied the game that closely.

We're adding a few different elements to the blocking scheme.
(Or at least, experimenting with things as any team might do).

We were disguising pass blocking for a run and vice versa.
From tackle to tackle!

Give Studdard a break, folks!
They were doing a lot of different stuffs in there.

For example, I like how they line up the Guard(s) back a bit more than usual, before they pull.
Neither Caldwell nor Studdard is exceptionally quick (for a guard in the ZBS).
This allows them to get to the other side quicker.
It doesn't give away the farm, because in the normal ZBS scheme, they can be prepared for a cut block just as well.

They were doing a lot of different stuffs in there...
I like it!

C Madd
08-18-2010, 12:29 AM
What's the first paragraph say? there's an ad I can't get rid of covering it up.
:o/

Obsi, do you use Firefox? If so, you should try getting the AdBlock Plus add-on. Should eliminate the ads covering up the blog plus all others.

Another great write-up, dale. I need to just bookmark the site since the content is always interesting. Keep up the good work.

The Pencil Neck
08-18-2010, 12:54 AM
Give Studdard a break, folks!
They were doing a lot of different stuffs in there.


You gotta admit, though, on the play that was originally called a fumble by AJ, Studdard got pantsed in pass pro. The DL he was going against put a swim move on him that left him grabbing at air. We were lucky that was such a quick pass and we were lucky Schaub was able to get it off because Studdard didn't even slow that guy down.

I'm not saying he didn't have some good plays but that was almost a disaster on his part.

76Texan
08-18-2010, 12:59 AM
You gotta admit, though, on the play that was originally called a fumble by AJ, Studdard got pantsed in pass pro. The DL he was going against put a swim move on him that left him grabbing at air. We were lucky that was such a quick pass and we were lucky Schaub was able to get it off because Studdard didn't even slow that guy down.

I'm not saying he didn't have some good plays but that was almost a disaster on his part.

Oh, no doubt Studdard could do better.
However, the different spacing between linemen changed with pretty much every play. (And also where the Rb should be).
It's not like something we did all the times and Studdard failed at it.
You try something different, your margin of error grows!

BigBull17
08-18-2010, 09:00 AM
I didn't get a good look at Smith. Glad to see he played well for us.

badboy
08-18-2010, 12:27 PM
Dale, thanks for info as I rated the effort of the ones as a C+ as a group. You evidently saw more than I. I thought Studdard was average at best & the entire line did not move anyone back overall. Myers was Myers and I also do not see Smith beating him out. I thought Caldwell did pretty well but still below what I want to see. I was hoping to see Slaton running to the right behind Caldwell & Winston this season.