GT’s offense is a glaring example of how bad our coaching at the linebacker and end positions is (surprise: the coaches are Amato and Allen). I thought our LB’s were terrible with the angles they were taking on tackles and with their missed gap assignments. In an option offense like GT’s the QB reacts to the DE on the side he is running on. I remember on one of the final plays, if the DE doesn’t crash it’s a tackle for no gain instead of a first down. Speaking of which, was I the only one that thought it was obvious the QB was going to keep the ball every time at the end of the game, especially after that near turnover, or are we just that inept on defense. I also noticed our DE’s were not playing with their hands down. Being as small as our DL is, doesn’t this sacrifice any type of leverage to the OL, making them much easier to move out of the way?
On the other hand our secondary wasn't terrible minus the one deep catch to Thomas they defended the other three passes well. BTW why Jenije was playing on Thomas on that long pass is beyond me, he jumped way too early and it was an obvious mismatch. Where was PRob? How can an offense be so one dimensional and be so successful? This game showed what FSUn has been saying about our run D this whole time.
This game also emphasized our desperate need for a large run-stopping DT upward of 300lbs. No wonder these guys are so valuable in the NFL. I can’t help but think that if Everette Brown stayed this year and we had Marcus Fortson playing for us instead of UM, our record would be drastically improved. This season has proven that football is won in the trenches.
Also, for those of you who are football savvy, I wanted to pick your brains about something: should FSU attempt to use a 5-2 defense against GT in the future? They could bring up Nick Moody to play the run. 3 DT’s could be used to keep the guards and centers from reaching the second level. We could use either a cover 0 with all men accounted for while rushing 5, or a cover 1 with the DE’s responsible for containing Nesbitt and the FS playing the deep zone, shading to the side Thomas is playing on. We could mix in some zone and zone blitzes, but that would probably be asking for too much.