Matchup of the Week: Deondre Francois vs. Miami Pass Rush

Matchup of the Week: Deondre Francois vs. Miami Pass Rush

Cory Grimes
Matchup of the Week

It’s CMR vs. Silly Willy Taggart. It’s the Chain vs. the Satchel. It’s Miami-FSU. Nothing else needs to be said to set the stage for Saturday at 3:30. Let’s get right into the Miami-FSU Matchup of the Week. Deondre Francois vs. Miami Pass Rush.

Deondre Francois knows what it’s like to beat the Hurricanes in Hard Rock Stadium. He showed how tough he was in 2016 after taking some serious shots from Chad Thomas and friends. Quite honestly, Francois has been peeling himself off the turf for a lot of his time at FSU. He’s been behind some suspect O-line play, and this year is no different. One major difference for Francois this time around is the absence of some guy named Dalvin Cook. Cook had over 200 yards of offense against Miami in 2016 and helped alleviate the pressure on Francois. FSU no longer has the luxury of a guy like Cook who can single handedly change the course of the game. Nor have they shown the ability to have a consistent run game in 2018. The onus is on Francois for this offense to be successful. Behind an offensive line that ranks 85th in the nation in sacks allowed, Deondre Francois is going to need to show how tough he really is with some crazed dogs from the UM D-line coming his way.

What more can be said about the Miami’s defensive line play in 2018? The core three on this defensive line rivals any group of three that the country has to offer. Gerald Willis was recently named Outland Trophy Player of the Month and is sky rocketing up mock draft boards. Joe Jackson reminded us last week of why his name has been thrown around as a first round talent. Jon Garvin appears to be on a trajectory that could also land him in the first round of the draft when the time comes. It’s not just those three though. Manny Diaz’s attacking style defense has been in the opponent’s backfield all year. According to Bill Connelly’s Havoc Rate statistics, it rates the Miami defensive line as the most disruptive in the country. On the other side, FSU is ranked 116th in stopping defensive line disruption. This is one of UM’s biggest strengths vs. FSU’s most glaring weakness. Francois can already feel the heat from the Hurricane pass rush that’s about to come his way.

One of the factors I point to in this game is Deondre Francois’ use of his legs. Taggart loves to incorporate the QB in the run game, but Francois isn’t really that kind of guy. He’s athletic enough to move around and get a first down if need be, but he’s really not a QB that is trying to take off and run, especially after a brutal knee injury in 2017. However, his legs will need to come into play against Manny Diaz’s defense. For one, he will need to use his legs to preserve his well-being. If he stands in the pocket all night, he may take a beating of epic proportions. Also, Miami has shown the propensity to struggle against a QB who can run. I think Taggart and the FSU offense will try to find some designed plays with Francois legs early on to give the UM defense something else to think about. Look for FSU to try and move the pocket and get Francois on rollouts to slow down the pass rush. Screen plays are also another way to halt an aggressive defense. I also foresee FSU using some TE’s and RB’s to stay in and block more often to help one of the nation’s worst offensive lines.

I believe Francois is an above average college QB. He’s talented enough to make just about every throw. He’s a gritty, experienced guy who has seen a lot in his time at FSU, and he has good enough weapons around him to move the ball on offense. But in a new offense behind that O-line, Francois has had a rough go at it in 2018. To me, he would have to a have a career day for FSU to have a chance on Saturday. Miami’s pass rush is foaming at the mouth because they know they are set up to have a field day. The Miami D-Line doesn’t need to do anything out of the ordinary. If they continue to play the way they have in the first part of the year, they will have Francois seeing ghosts in the pocket, and the frustrations for Willie Taggart’s offense will continue. Gerald Willis and company have the opportunity to put a major stamp on this game. All of Francois’ hopes of stealing another win in Hard Rock ought to be decimated by this Miami pass rush.
 

Comments (19)

You give it too much credit by calling it a "satchel".
 
Can’t afford to give him easy passes in soft zones. Diaz is notorious for this. Gotta stay aggressive without blitzing 3 extra guys
 
OP gives an excellent analysis. Two things to key on
1. Rushing Yards
2. Turnovers
Whoever wins the above two, wins the game.
 
My biggest concern is this defense is very high-risk, very high-reward. That makes it really hard to judge how "good" we really are overall as a unit.

I want to be really confident in the D this game, but it's just too hard to tell if they can be dominate when they want to be. Based on the eye test and statistics, the UM Dline should completely dominate this game, but if there's anything I've learned from watching this game the past 30+ years it's - no matter how good/bad either team is there's a really good chance it's going to be a dog fight down to the end.
 
Can’t afford to give him easy passes in soft zones. Diaz is notorious for this. Gotta stay aggressive without blitzing 3 extra guys
i dont see any reason why the front 4 wouldn't be able to get enough penetration
 
Frenchy is just a concussion waiting to happen..
 
From the looks of that garbage offense they running, here's what i'm trying to see come tomorrow, th3 style, our boy used common sense, im surprised we dont see this more often, exactly what i would've been did and doing, the sad thing is, the head moron got pissed off that he did it(trying to act like it was a selfish play and he didnt use the BS technique they came in with, GTFOH), and after that game his playing time got diminished for about a year and a half.

 
My biggest concern is this defense is very high-risk, very high-reward. That makes it really hard to judge how "good" we really are overall as a unit.

I want to be really confident in the D this game, but it's just too hard to tell if they can be dominate when they want to be. Based on the eye test and statistics, the UM Dline should completely dominate this game, but if there's anything I've learned from watching this game the past 30+ years it's - no matter how good/bad either team is there's a really good chance it's going to be a dog fight down to the end.


Don't know if you herd Gerald Willis received the monthly Outland award for top defensive line in the country, <anny has lessened his blizting so I guess we are moderate risk high reward, JMO
 
From the looks of that garbage offense they running, here's what i'm trying to see come tomorrow, th3 style, our boy used common sense, im surprised we dont see this more often, exactly what i would've been did and doing, the sad thing is, the head moron got pissed off that he did it(trying to act like it was a selfish play and he didnt use the BS technique they came in with, GTFOH), and after that game his playing time got diminished for about a year and a half.


I love that he had to wait for the ball.

And you know dorito benched him for crossing the LOS.
 
Can’t afford to give him easy passes in soft zones. Diaz is notorious for this. Gotta stay aggressive without blitzing 3 extra guys
I think that’s the biggest benefit here . Their O-Line is so trash we should still be able to get penetration rushing 4. I hope to see a few plays where we show blitz and drop back at snap
 
I think that’s the biggest benefit here . Their O-Line is so trash we should still be able to get penetration rushing 4. I hope to see a few plays where we show blitz and drop back at snap

Possibly, sure but Francois will no doubt pull a rabbit out of his hat a few times this game - that’s what worries me. Kid is a gamer
 
I doubt The Frog finishes the game.

But I’ll tell you something: they’ve got weapons in the throw game, and Diaz tends to get shredded by competent QBs.

True. On the other side, when Kid N Play gets frustrated or flustered he turns into an interception machine.

I think we'll be able to get to him without having to send more than one or even no extra rushers. I hope we play the numbers game and put as many defenders between he and his target as we can get away with.
 
I love that he had to wait for the ball.

And you know dorito benched him for crossing the LOS.
LOL the sad but True, right now, we lead the nation in tackles for loss, under those moron it was the exact opposite. Those jersey shore boys were anti-Tfl's, this how they treated the line of scrimmage and was the message to the d-linemen under their idiotic regime:

 

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