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Cribby’s keys to the game

Cribby’s keys to the game

Cribby
I haven‘t posted one of these in ages so I figured I’d give my two cents on Saturday.

1. Offensively and defensively Miami must be prepared for an early onslaught. This is a very talented team that’s been told for a week “ they suck , they’re soft and were overrated“. It should’ve been a very easy week for the coaches to get their attention. I expect early chunk play attempts to get the early KO.

2. Discipline. Games like this the small things matter, it can go from a leak to a full on tsunami and fast. Tackling in space is a must. Take away all cut back lanes and for god sakes keep contain. A&M has speed to turn a five yard hitch into a 80 yard TD. A missed tackle or blown assignment is how that happens. It’s cliche and not very sexy but discipline is a must.

3.Make the qb a pocket passer. Regardless if it’s King or Weigman my goal would be to keep them in the pocket. Take notes from Mr Stoops last week. I’d mix things up from shell coverages to have eyes on the qb , not exposing the Mike in coverage and keeping things in front of the defense. If the DL is what we think it is give them a chance to get home. Maybe throw in some Cb / cat blitzes forcing the cb to the short side of the field. Lastly I’d drop a spy occasionally with one of our better athletes. If we blitz it’s a must they get home. Pick your moments.

4. Wr’s / te’s must make big plays. If we win this game it will be because the wr’s and te’s won some 1 v 1’s. We know AM will load the box and dare them to make plays. Playing in a phone booth against that front with a numbers advantage is a bad recipe. What we’ve seen the last couple weeks will not cut it schematically. That said I expect to see plenty of different looks with formations.

5. No layups. We can’t allow easy scores , regardless if it’s busted assignments , missed tackles and most importantly the return game. Ball security by the punt returners, TS , George or whoever is back there is a must. Catch the ball first!!!! This is an underrated area where losing X hurts.

6. RPO. Use more formations outside the hashes and heavy Rpo’s. It was obvious last year the biggest difference with the offense was the Rpo with Tvd versus King. He thrived in that area because of his quick decision making. We’ve also set the run up early in the season and haven’t used the te’s as well as the Rpo. This could be the perfect time to unleash both.

The biggest key is not having a catastrophe happen early , that could start the “ here we go again“ doubts to creep in. Drag the game out and put the pressure on them. Imo we need to play a good game and get a break or two to win this one. Hopefully we can end the streak of turds being laid in these big road games.
 

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I haven‘t posted one of these in ages so I figured I’d give my two cents on Saturday.

1. Offensively and defensively Miami must be prepared for an early onslaught. This is a very talented team that’s been told for a week “ they suck , they’re soft and were overrated“. It should’ve been a very easy week for the coaches to get their attention. I expect early chunk play attempts to get the early KO.

2. Discipline. Games like this the small things matter, it can go from a leak to a full on tsunami and fast. Tackling in space is a must. Take away all cut back lanes and for god sakes keep contain. A&M has speed to turn a five yard hitch into a 80 yard TD. A missed tackle or blown assignment is how that happens. It’s cliche and not very sexy but discipline is a must.

3.Make the qb a pocket passer. Regardless if it’s King or Weigman my goal would be to keep them in the pocket. Take notes from Mr Stoops last week. I’d mix things up from shell coverages to have eyes on the qb , not exposing the Mike in coverage and keeping things in front of the defense. If the DL is what we think it is give them a chance to get home. Maybe throw in some Cb / cat blitzes forcing the cb to the short side of the field. Lastly I’d drop a spy occasionally with one of our better athletes. If we blitz it’s a must they get home. Pick your moments.

4. Wr’s / te’s must make big plays. If we win this game it will be because the wr’s and te’s won some 1 v 1’s. We know AM will load the box and dare them to make plays. Playing in a phone booth against that front with a numbers advantage is a bad recipe. What we’ve seen the last couple weeks will not cut it schematically. That said I expect to see plenty of different looks with formations.

5. No layups. We can’t allow easy scores , regardless if it’s busted assignments , missed tackles and most importantly the return game. Ball security by the punt returners, TS , George or whoever is back there is a must. Catch the ball first!!!! This is an underrated area where losing X hurts.

6. Use more formations outside the hashes and heavy Rpo’s. It was obvious last year the biggest difference with the offense was the Rpo with Tvd versus King. He thrived in that area because of his quick decision making. We’ve also set the run up early in the season and haven’t used the te’s as well as the Rpo. This could be the perfect time to unleash both.

The biggest key is not having a catastrophe happen early , that could start the “ here we go again“ doubts to creep in. Drag the game out and put the pressure on them. Imo we need to play a good game and get a break or two to win this one. Hopefully we can end the streak of turds being laid in these big road games.
Agreed. If Miami can go up 10+ before the half then A&M may be in real trouble. Miami has every advantage on offense that A&M doesnt. Dont care how good your D is (A&M) being on the field too long will take a toll, even its 4 or 5 6-7 play drives. When your offense is in neutral, it adds up.
 
They key to the game is to be able to run the ball. I'm not sure their defense is as good as those stats say. For App St to keep the ball that long....we have to test that. For some reason they ran alot of 3 man DL v App St and their LBs didn't play particularly well. I want us to get 150 atleast. This game is on TVD to let the ball fly. That's where our biggest advantage is coming into the season. I don't care what happened last week in the first half. Trust the WRs and throw the ball. When TVD just got the start he was a little hesitant, took him around 2 games to just feel free and let it loose. Here it is.
 
Agreed. If Miami can go up 10+ before the half then A&M may be in real trouble. Miami has every advantage on offense that A&M doesnt. Dont care how good your D is (A&M) being on the field too long will take a toll, even its 4 or 5 6-7 play drives. When your offense is in neutral, it adds up.
The most important position in football is qb. That’s the one advantage we do have so there’s a punchers chance.
 
If we can maneuver them on the ropes early, I like our chances to kill their will to compete as a team. Individuals will want it but the team loses its synergy. We then have to hold off any swings in momentum and don’t create them by making mistakes ourselves.

If it’s a slug fest, I don’t think that we go the distance. It will take a team to figure out how to become a winner. If they do, this becomes one of those games that changes the tide for good.
 
Onslaught a key word here in OP they practiced (20) or so plays over and over, we must FOCUS to get through it .
@Cribby is spot on 🎯 in his post .

THEY WILL USE EVERY BLITZ KNOWN TO MAN

Parrish / Rooster screen passes floating over the blitz for home runs .

Awesome post

GOCANES
I was going to put the screen game and forgot. Good catch. Te and rb screens will be there to be had.
 
Everyone has a plan until they get punched. Who punches first?

If the Canes are to be taken seriously, the first step is not wilting in these big games. Aside from ND IN 17, we’ve wilted in every big game.

On the other side, I don’t think A&M is able to take a punch right now. Come out strong poised and focused, deliver the shot when it’s there and lock down on D.
 
this will be a frustrating one to watch depending on how Gattis calls it
we'll see consistent 7 and even 8 man fronts. they will pressure TVD into the ground if they can. they will take away what we have shown we do best/want to do no doubt about it and show no fear for anything else unless we can make them pay for it.
we HAVE to win some battles in outside and inside coverage situations and execute pretty much flawlessly.
On D I think we will see Steele's bend don't break, trying to keep everything in front of us...tackling perfection will be critical.
and pretty much can guarantee we will see them play multiple QBs in this game....
 
Good stuff

I agree we don’t want to get behind early. We gotta weather the storm and willingly, take control of the game if possible

But one thing about TVD is man, I swear he needs smacked in the mouth to get him going sometimes

There’s a concern about this team and whether it can play from behind…but we know we have the QB that can do it if necessary

A lot to keep an eye on this week for sure
 
I haven‘t posted one of these in ages so I figured I’d give my two cents on Saturday.

1. Offensively and defensively Miami must be prepared for an early onslaught. This is a very talented team that’s been told for a week “ they suck , they’re soft and were overrated“. It should’ve been a very easy week for the coaches to get their attention. I expect early chunk play attempts to get the early KO.

2. Discipline. Games like this the small things matter, it can go from a leak to a full on tsunami and fast. Tackling in space is a must. Take away all cut back lanes and for god sakes keep contain. A&M has speed to turn a five yard hitch into a 80 yard TD. A missed tackle or blown assignment is how that happens. It’s cliche and not very sexy but discipline is a must.

3.Make the qb a pocket passer. Regardless if it’s King or Weigman my goal would be to keep them in the pocket. Take notes from Mr Stoops last week. I’d mix things up from shell coverages to have eyes on the qb , not exposing the Mike in coverage and keeping things in front of the defense. If the DL is what we think it is give them a chance to get home. Maybe throw in some Cb / cat blitzes forcing the cb to the short side of the field. Lastly I’d drop a spy occasionally with one of our better athletes. If we blitz it’s a must they get home. Pick your moments.

4. Wr’s / te’s must make big plays. If we win this game it will be because the wr’s and te’s won some 1 v 1’s. We know AM will load the box and dare them to make plays. Playing in a phone booth against that front with a numbers advantage is a bad recipe. What we’ve seen the last couple weeks will not cut it schematically. That said I expect to see plenty of different looks with formations.

5. No layups. We can’t allow easy scores , regardless if it’s busted assignments , missed tackles and most importantly the return game. Ball security by the punt returners, TS , George or whoever is back there is a must. Catch the ball first!!!! This is an underrated area where losing X hurts.

6. RPO. Use more formations outside the hashes and heavy Rpo’s. It was obvious last year the biggest difference with the offense was the Rpo with Tvd versus King. He thrived in that area because of his quick decision making. We’ve also set the run up early in the season and haven’t used the te’s as well as the Rpo. This could be the perfect time to unleash both.

The biggest key is not having a catastrophe happen early , that could start the “ here we go again“ doubts to creep in. Drag the game out and put the pressure on them. Imo we need to play a good game and get a break or two to win this one. Hopefully we can end the streak of turds being laid in these big road games.
Well written. Early onslaught is the key, as it accomplishes two huge things. Allows us to feel we belong on that stage and allows doubt to creep into their side.
 
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