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We've improved this year but obviously not to where we can constantly blow people off the ball. UF controlled the LOS for most of the game last night. I think that needs to be a point of emphasis in the offseason.
I think last night (other ACC vs SEC games included) proved we should be dominating every game in the ACC if we are going to take the next step to being a championship team.
Definitely true on the offensive front. That unit is still relatively young, but they were much improved this year, imo. They are the biggest in the ACC, but who wouldn't be?
I'm not sure what happened with our Dline. I was concerned byt eh lack of penetration earlyier in the year and last night that lack of push was exposed.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by fsukum 17 months ago
The dl got tired and the staff was out coached. left 6 in the box despite the fact uf was brining in extra ol. IMO it was more of a lack of respect for uf's ol issue.
We all assume this ol will be much better next year. We don't know that yet and if so what about the following years? Trickett isn't getting it done.
the ol solution is easy. Get more high quality ol's to come here. You say Watson. I say Glauser who couldn't even get it done against bad competition.
That was just the last class. We still need 3, really 4 quality ol commits for this class. I suspect baed on the 7 number, we will be 2-3 short of that mark. Oh, we'll meet numbers but not quality with all the commits
But the strength of our DL was suppose to be depth. Maybe they got tired later but UF was blowing us off the ball from the first whistle. We are built to win the ACC but need to step it up another few notches to get to the championship level
I watched the replay and I'm not really seeing what everyone is saying about getting our asses kicked in the trenches. We didn't seem to get pushed around to me. Sure we wore down in the 4th quarter on defense due to being on the field so much more than the offense.
I said this in another thread, but that UF D is the biggest, strongest and nastiest in FBS.... They have single-handedly won UF at least 3 games this year by causing multiple TOs or scoring. Our D is very good--strong, fast, assignment sound, etc., but UF's D is straight-up *disruptive*. Opposing Os just cannot do what they typically do against them.
Going forward, in order to have success against the best Ds we will need to get bigger & stronger in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Our OL did okay against UF's front 7 but EJ was pressured too often. On the D side of the ball, I really hope we hire a DC who runs a 3-4 after Stoops leaves. 3-4 is the way forward--ND, Bama, UF all run a 3-4 and they have the top 3 Ds in the nation.
Did you watch the Stork-Floyd match-up at Nose?
Im not sure how much bigger we can get on the dl.
FWIW, we did show more 3 man fronts when Jenkins was around. LB play is also a problem.
UF ran the ball 24 times with Gilly alone.
8 runs for Freeman
0 Runs for Wilder
2 runs for Pryor
That's why we threw 3 picks. UF played big boy football and we tried to be cute.
If we had run the ball more then we'd have had more TOP, less INTs, and controlled the tempo of the game better.
And it wasn't even like we couldn't run, all our guys were averaging 4+ ypc. We chose not to.
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or it may last a year. But eventually, it will subside. If i quit, however it will last forever.
IMO on the DL we just need a true 3-4 NT (esp. for goalline & short yardage situations), but Goldman & Jernigan could be the NT in a base 3-4. MEJ is the proto-typical 3-4 DE. (Leonard Williams would have been the ideal other DE )
LB would need more overhauling. First move would be Casher to Buck. In a 3-4 the smallest backer should be around 235, so we'd need to start recruiting bigger LBs.
IMO the biggest benefit from the 3-4 is that it allows more variation than the 4-3. Also, IMO coaching matters. And I tend to think that Stoops has slightly under-performed given the players he has had to work with. Coaching/playcalling matters.
This post was edited by tlhwg 17 months ago
Freeman did have some success but it's probably b/c we were throwing so much. IMO UF's gameplan was to stack the LOS, bring pressure to EJ and make him throw.... it worked.
The mentality they play with comes from the coaching.
If we played tough defenses on a week to week basis, we would have been better prepared from a mental standpoint..
I feel it's more so getting stronger rather than getting bigger. Our guys have put on weight but obviously need to get stronger physically.
Lets not forget that our o-line is not the most experience group we have either. Most of their d-line has been seeing significant time or starting for 2-3 years. Our line offensive line consists of a converted DT, 2 true sophmore gaurds, and and RT that played his first year of big time football. I think it would have been silly to think our line would dominate their d.
As for our dline. They didnt play that bad considering the amount of time they were on the field and the fact that UF was putting an extra lineman in so much. We were holding them to fieldgoals and giving up scores at the end when it was out of reach and when we turned it over practically in the redzone.
When we went 0-2 on 3rd & 1 (& IIRC failed on a 3rd & 2), I don't think we can say that our OL did very well.
Re the D, the difference was that UF's D is so much more disruptive than ours, i.e., creating pressure on the QB and forcing turnovers. UF's D has been doing this--pressuring & forcing TOs--all season and this is why they're top 3 in D. Although Stoops' D is very good an limiting scoring, it isn't designed to force turnovers nor pressure the QB b/c we rarely blitz.
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