Thursday, October 2, 2008

Run Chart: Wisconsin

Down
Formation
Runner
Play
Yards
YayNay
1-10
Shotgun 4 WR trips right
McGuffie
Zone read handoff
2
-
-

1st and 10: Really no mistake made here, Wisconsin just doesn't mess up. Schofield stays at home from his defensive end spot, and the zone blocking of the offensive line leaves him exposed. Pretty sure he wasn't supposed to be picked up here, so no minuses.

Down
Formation
Runner
Play
Yards
YayNay
1-10
Shotgun split slot twins right
McGuffie
Zone read handoff
-2
-
Schilling
2-12
Shotgun 3 WR
Threet
Zone read keeper (and fake?)
14
Mathews, Threet
-
1-10
Shotgun split slot trips right
McGuffie
Zone read handoff
-1
-
Molk (-2)

1st and 10: Schilling lets his man inside of him on the zone play to the left, which busts the whole thing up.

2nd and 12: This one is sort of odd. Threet pulls it out from McGuffie and gives the appearence of wanting to throw it to Mathews. But Mathews is run blocking, so I think the appearence of wanting to pass is designed here. It works, as Threet fakes Shaughnessy and has enough room to scamper upfield for a first with assistance from a Mathews block.

1st and 10: Molk is badly beaten here. Mike Newkirk knifes past him as if he's not even there, and this play is dead from the get go.

Down
Formation
Runner
Play
Yards
YayNay
1-10
Shotgun 3 WR
Odoms
End around
-3
-
Ortmann (?)
2-13
Shotgun split 2 WR
McGuffie
Zone stretch right
4
Brown, Schilling
Molk

1st and 10: Color me mellow, but this isn't an execution issue, it's just a bad playcall. I'm taking one off for Ortmann because he doesn't block the linebacker that shoots through and ends this play, but I don't think he was supposed to. This is just a sketchy playcall against a front seven as stout as Wisconsin's. It develops way too slowly and never has a chance.

2nd and 13: Carlos Brown is the lead blocker here (why not Grady?). Schilling shows some wheels as he gets out in front too to throw a nice block. Could've gone for a little more, but Molk gets beaten down the line.

Down
Formation
Runner
Play
Yards
YayNay
1-10
Shotgun 4 WR trips left
Threet
Zone read keeper
0
-
Threet
3-10
Shotgun 4 WR
McGuffie
Delayed draw
1
-
Massey (-2)
1-G
Shotgun split twins left
McGuffie
Zone read handoff
1
-
Molk

1st and 10: Bad decision by Threet to pull it out here. The read end doesn't bite on the fake to McGuffie and is all alone to chase Threet down and stuff him for no gain. The coaches and Threet were obviously counting on Wisconsin's front seven to be suckered in by the fake here. Schofield doesn't bite = play dead.

3rd and 10: WTF is Massey doing here? This actually probably goes for a first down, but Massey, in the right slot, jogs right past Jonathan Casillas, who blows McGuffie up. If Massey lays a hand on Casillas, there are no other Badgers remotely close to McGuffie. Complete whiff on Massey's part. Lack of awareness? Ugh.

Down
Formation
Runner
Play
Yards
YayNay
1-10
Shotgun split trips left
Threet/McGuffie
Triple option
-2
-
Threet (-2), Schilling
2-12
I-form 2 WR
McGuffie
Iso
5
Moundros, Schilling, Moosman
-

1st and 10: Inside fake to Brown, option to the outside with McGuffie. Threet should just eat it here as Wisconsin is swarming the play (doesn't help that Schilling is beaten), but he pitches it to McGuffie. Pressure botches the pitch, and it's nearly a turnover, as Wisconsin recovers it but is out of bounds.

2nd and 12: Old school Michigan football, with Moundros crashing into the line and submarining a linebacker. Additional blocks by Schilling and Moosman help McGuffie squeak through for 5.

Down
Formation
Runner
Play
Yards
YayNay
2-10
Shotgun 4 WR trips right
McGuffie
Zone read handoff
1
-
Ortmann (-2)

2nd and 10: Ortmann is turned around badly, forcing McGuffie to cut up instead of stretching it out. This allows Schofield, unblocked because of the zone blocking scheme, to come down and tackle.

Down
Formation
Runner
Play
Yards
YayNay
1-10
I-form twins left
McGuffie
Iso
0
-
Moosman, Ortmann, Moundros
2-10
Shotgun split slot left
McGuffie
Zone read handoff
1
-
Ortmann, Molk

1st and 10: Both Moosman and Ortmann get beaten, which is probably why this play dies, but Moundros doesn't block anyone out of the FB spot either, and this half was an abortion, so I'm being cruel.

2nd and 10: Molk is muscled into the backfield, and Ortmann's cut block fails. At this point though, Wisconsin is just cheating up on the run since Threet couldn't complete a pass to save his life in the first half. Final carry of the half - thank you Jesus.

Down
Formation
Runner
Play
Yards
YayNay
1-10
Shotgun 4 WR trips right
Brown
Zone stretch left
0
-
Schilling

1st and 10: Ferrara is replaced after struggling in the first half (despite not appearing anywhere in the first half charts). This play is meh, I'm not entirely sure why Carlos Brown cuts back here, there was a slight glimmer of a hole in the direction he was going, but he cut back anywhere, and because the entire line was going one way, there was no blocking when he cut back. Schilling didn't help the cause. Vision issues with Brown?

Down
Formation
Runner
Play
Yards
YayNay
4-1
I-form twins left
Grady
Iso
5
Molk, Moundros
-
1-10
Shotgun 4 WR trips left
McGuffie
Zone read handoff
6
Ortmann, McAvoy
-
2-4
Shotgun overload
Grady
Zone read handoff
3
-
Ortmann, McAvoy
3-1
Shotgun overload
Grady
Zone read handoff
2
-
McAvoy

4th and 1: Moundros gets a solid whack on a linebacker on the iso, along with Molk getting a nice push to spring Grady for the first. Love the use of Grady in this role.

1st and 10: Nice block by Ortmann and McAvoy keeping their men inside, while the zone read holds Shaughnessy long enough to give McGuffie room.

2nd and 4: This is a really bizarre formation. Threet lines up in his usual shotgun spot behind the center, but instead of having one back on each side, he's got both Grady and McGuffie to his left, kind of like a distorted shotgun version of the I-formation. Anyway, McAvoy loses his man (I think it's Newkirk) and Ortmann goes past him (nitpicky on my part), and Grady sort of falls forward.

3rd and 1: Same play. McAvoy is again overpowered by Newkirk, but Grady's power gets the first.

Down
Formation
Runner
Play
Yards
YayNay
2-10
Shotgun 4 WR
Minor
Delayed draw
1
-
Schilling, Moosman
1-10
Shotgun 4 WR trips left
Minor
Zone read handoff
34-TD
Schilling, Threet
-

2nd and 10: Unfortunately the delay is too long for Schilling and Moosman to hang on, and Wisconsin has players immediately crashing in and Minor has nowhere to go.

1st and 10: B-e-a-utiful. Perfect play call against a blitz up the middle by Wisconsin. The Badgers blitz themselves out of this play, as Schilling easily seals the inside, leaving it Threet and Minor against DeAndre Levy, the linebacker. Levy is frozen by the zone read (+1 Threet), and by the time he knows who has the football, Minor is past him and into the secondary with no one near him because the Badgers sold out on the blitz. From there Minor gallops to the endzone; Shane Carter has no chance to get him.

Down
Formation
Runner
Play
Yards
YayNay
1-10
Shotgun 4 WR trips right
Threet
Zone read keeper - OMG!
58
Ortmann, McAvoy, Molk, Threet (+2)
-
1-10
Shotgun 4 WR trips right
Grady
Zone read handoff
4
Moosman
-
2-6
Shotgun 4 WR trips right
McGuffie
Zone read handoff
10
Ortmann
-
1-G
Shotgun ace
McGuffie
Zone read handoff
2
-
-
3-G
I-form twins right
McGuffie
Off tackle left
3-TD
Ortmann, McAvoy
-

1st and 10: Like, holy shit. Shaughnessy crashes down on Minor (literally), and Threet yanks it out. Molk and McAvoy hold up Newkirk and McFadden on the inside, while Ortmann gets enough of Casillas on the outside to spring Threet into the clear. Did this really happen?

1st and 10: Good push by Moosman on the inside, but Schofield shows more good discipline on the end, and because he's unblocked, he's able to zip in and get Grady. I don't think this is Schilling's fault, I'm pretty sure it's designed to leave the end unblocked, so no penalty to Schilling.

2nd and 6: This is mostly McGuffie. Ortmann gets a nice block inside, but this is mostly McGuffie breaking tackles and powering forward.

1st and goal: Stalemates abound. Nobody is free to cover the linebackers (Moundros went into the secondary to help Threet if he had pulled it out), so they clean it up. Meh play.

3rd and goal: Excellent kickout block by Ortmann, and a nice driving block by McAvoy which helps McGuffie muscle to the goalline. Moundros gets a nice block on Langford too, but Langford was far enough away from the play that he most likely wouldn't have gotten to McGuffie before the endzone anyway.

Charting ends here, as the last three carries of the game are strictly designed to kill Wisconsin's timeouts.

Chart:

YayNayTotal
Ortmann
4
6
-2
McAvoy
3
2
1
Molk
2
5
-3
Moosman
2
2
0
Schilling
3
4
-1
Massey
0
2
-2
Brown
1
0
1
Mathews
1
0
1
Moundros
2
1
1
Threet
4
3
1
TOTAL22
25
-3

Thoughts:

  • Not so surprisingly in the red in this game. The first half was that bad.
  • It did get better after halftime. Barwis for President?
  • Interesting matchup with Illinois on Saturday. The Illini defense has been various levels of suck so far. I don't expect a solid +15 like the Notre Dame game provided, but another -3 like this performance will be extremely discouraging.
  • Another Illinois note non-Run Chart related: This is a very winnable game, which in my opinion will come down to three things: Safety play, linebacker play, and holding onto the MF'ing ball. I'm not overly worried about Juice running with it. He's a threat, no doubt, but the M defensive line is in beast mode, and if the linebackers stay disciplined on the zone plays, Juice and the Illini running game is containable. In regards to the safeties, they will be tested much more than they were against Wisconsin. If they make good decisions and don't get sucked in on too many zone plays and let Benn get over the top, Juice has not been a great intermediate passer yet this year.
  • Oh, and of course, the offense and special teams needs to hold onto the damn thing. If they make the same mistakes they made against Wisconsin, Illinois will score touchdowns, not field goals.
  • One more note: Updated 2010 recruiting board is coming tomorrow. Thanks in advance to Tim of Varsity Blue for the assist.

3 comments:

Tim said...

One request:

I wish there was a breakdown of the final tally by half. Obviously it would be possible for the reader to do, but I don't think there's a distinction between the halves in your post.

The offense moved much more smoothly in the second half, and I wonder if that is at least partially attributable to better blocking, as would be indicated by the run chart.

Iman said...

Didn't Ferrara play LG in the first half, and McAvoy take over in the 2nd?

Iman said...

Oops. I see that you addressed Ferrara. Weird that he didn't show up even once in the charts.