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Re-watching the game, and something strikes me: Bama doesn't have s great pass rush without blitzing. They also don't have great speed in the front seven - good, athletic big men, but not great speed.
I just wonder how well they'll handle Manziel next weekend. My guess is he'll create plenty of time for himself to throw, the onus will be on him to make plays and not turn it over. I can see Bama being a little flat and feeling invincible after stealing one in TigerStadium.
Bama fan here just talking football. I would expect Bama to play A&M like we did Tebow or any other scrambling QB we've ever played which is to not over pursue. He scrambles a lot off of designed pass plays so whoever is rushing the passer on the play can not run passed Manziel. They have to always keep him in front of them and make him pass the ball. You have to play extremely disciplined when you play a guy like him and as good as Tebow, Newton and Robinson are at running the ball when the play broke down he might be better than all of those with his speed, vision and elusiveness. Dude scares the hell out of me and I hate playing scrambling QB's so I'll be on the edge of my seat the whole night.
Big difference is Tebow and Newton weren't all that fast. Johnny football provides something Bama hasn't been very good against traditionally in a wildcat QB, and they typically aren't great against speed teams, he's both.
Johnny Football is a good player, but he looks to be about 50 lbs lighter than Tebow and Cam. Bama may not have the fastest D in college football, but they are always one of the hardest hitting. I hope I'm wrong, but I think after a few pops, I don't think Johnny will be the same player.
I am curious to see how Bama's big front 7 will last against that tempo offense if aTm gets going.
This post was edited by TiPTiger 17 months ago
That's why he scares me is because he has more speed. Denard never even ran on us so we really didn't get to see how we could be against a QB with speed. Add that with an up tempo spread offense. It's going to be tough no doubt about it. We've been very balanced this year so it will be interesting to see if we run the ball a little more this game.
That was my point: Bama will try to contain him, but I don't see the same speed in the front 7 that you've had the last 3 years or so. Very good players, but a half-step slower than previous versions, IMHO.
just watch the 2nd half film of LSU game and Bama has recipe to stop a&m.. Bama will be too physical for a&m.. if they weather the storm early they will win in the 2nd half like we did
If Sumlin is stupid enough to let Johnny Manziel run around the field like he's playing sandlot football, he's gonna get his precious Johnny Football killed. I bet Mack Brown learned his lesson after he decided to run Colt McCoy up the middle against Bama. Bama's kryptonite is a team that can run on them. TAMU will have to find a running game against Bama other than their 6'1" 200 pound QB to have a chance. If he tries to pull the same stunts against Bama's defense, they will pile drive him into the dirt, LITERALLY.
"That was Death Valley. It's where opponent's dreams come to die." - Miles
Bama naturally plays a 3-man front so they should not have to make huge adjustments like LSU did. They just have to switch out 1 or 2 of their LB's for DB's which they are not short on.
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