Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The Monday After: Noles Still Need Work


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By NoleCC

This much I know. The Florida State offense needs work. It needs a lot of work, but the win over Colorado bought the team as a whole a bit of a reprieve, for a week.  Up next is Miami, and the Hurricanes are ticked off after blowing another ACC home game, this time to the North Carolina Tar Heels. That is never a good recipe for the Noles, but at least this one doesn’t have to be played in the Orange Bowl.

Kudos to the FSU defense and the special teams. I never thought I’d see Michael Ray Garvin break a 94 yard TD return, but I’m glad I did. You’d think he was a track star or something. And aren’t punt blocks a thing of beauty? The defense did well against a slower Colorado team that couldn’t get the ball moving, thanks to FSU’s superior speed.

But, I can’t help but wonder what FSU is going to do on offense. I’m not saying put Drew Weatherford in, because it’s not going to happen. But I do wonder what might have happened for Mr. Weatherford had Antone Smith run for all those yards while he was in there. Throughout the Colorado game it looked like Jimbo Fisher wanted Christian Ponder to play the role of Trent Dilfer and manage the game. Isn’t that what Drew is best at, according to his detractors? Speaking of Antone Smith, someone please slap Rod Gilmore, since he couldn’t pronounce his name right at all on the ABC broadcast.

So where is the team going next weekend? I’m honestly a bit lost. If I had to give a gut reaction, I’m guessing that they play another low scoring game with Miami, as both unranked teams try to put something together. The Canes aren’t that good, but they aren’t that bad either and they generally have FSU’s number. If Antone can’t run the ball, and he won’t run it as well against the Canes, is the FSU offense going to completely sputter? Can FSU beat a fast team like Miami with defense and special teams? I guess we’ll find out Saturday.

P.S. Please, ABC, don’t ever play Bobby Bowden’s “We Are The Seminoles” again. Never. Seriously, never.


3 Responses to “The Monday After: Noles Still Need Work”
  1. RandyNo Gravatar says:

    I think the past 2 Saturdays will be the tale of this season: Which Seminole Offense shows up.

  2. My username login didn’t work, but I wanted to respond to this.

    Antone wouldn’t have run for those yards with Drew. Teams don’t respect Drew’s throwing at all, and thus play a ton of men close to the line of scrimmage. I did a review a while back, where I looked at rushing yards by running backs in ACC games with Drew v. Xavier. The running backs ran for more than a full yard better with teams respecting Xavier’s arm.

    Under no circumstances am I saying that Xavier should have played. I know he was a screwup of epic proportions. I AM saying that the question you pose is flawed. Part of the reason we ran for those yards is the new found respect teams have for Ponder. The other part is that teams know Ponder can keep the ball and run (as he did twice), so they can’t all fly to the ball as quickly. This is similar to the flawed idea that Drew would have had all the checkdown options available against Wake. Teams do adjust to what a team has at QB, and I think with Drew (or X), we have an idea what teams would attempt to do.

  3. NoleCCNo Gravatar says:

    But see, here’s where I disagree with that… that’s all after the fact, and at some point, yes I agree that teams didn’t respect Drew’s arm, but that’s also because they knew there was no threat of a running game.

    It’s apples to oranges, the lines are entirely different in personnel and style of play. To me, it doesn’t indicate what would have happened had Drew had an O-line and backs that could gain 150+ yards.