Stuck in formation
Re-watched every play of UCF this morning. Our secondary and linebackers seem to be unwilling to leave their zone. Which is fine for the first few seconds of a play, but when opposing players start moving around, crossing etc., you HAVE to follow them.
If we have two LBs in a set, one has the TE and one has the RB. But usually our guys just start backpeddling and totally forget about their assignments if the TE and RB are blocking, leaving delay screens wide open, or QB draws to have too much space.
If three wideouts for the other team run to the right, we seem to only have 2 guys over there, the two that were already there. Where is the commitment from the other LB? Where is the trailing CB? Why are these guys not turning and finding a WR to stick?
That's the weakness of our defense. We are sitting on our heels and waiting, which sometimes is fine. But when you run that look 90% of the time, it gives the keys to the other team's playcaller. The on-the-field vision and anticipation of our guys stinks right now. It's time to fix it because we have a shot at a nice run looking at our schedule. There are no great offenses ahead until Clemson. We need to get this together.
Basically, there are too many guys looking alert, but guarding no one. We need to have guys thinking like Legree on that pickoff on the trick play. Don't stare at the ball, swivel your head and find a man running free and get there. It's called making a play. More "making" and less "reacting."