The Blog Bag Returneth

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First, today’s story looking back at MSU’s win Saturday.

Second, I know y’all enjoyed the Blog Bag feature Gregg did. So fire away, and I’ll get as many of the questions answered as I can. I’ll post those answers Friday.

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15 Responses to “The Blog Bag Returneth”

  1. imabulldog Says:

    Tubby complained about depth…Is CC thinking about running the fball for the majority of the game to wear down Auby’s starters?

    He may not answer that, I especially dont want Auburn learning any of our game plan, so if it can’t be answered – maybe you could give us some insight to the play calling and practice plays Brad.

  2. desertdog2005 Says:

    Has the coach hinted at throwing blitz packages at the QB instead of just sending the 4 down linemen at Auburn’s QB? Kinda of like what the Bears did against the Colts….bring the linebackers up in a mock blitz or blitz them…it confused the Colts…maybe something like that could confuse their QB plus put an enormous amount of pressure on him getting the ball out quickly. This leads to turnovers–hopefully. Another question is does he plan on putting R. Elliot in the game more or just using him sparingly to break him in?

  3. db33 Says:

    If we try to go ground chuck into the teeth of Auburn’s defense, it’s going to be a loooong day. We aren’t going to be able to run it on them, that’s the strength of their defense. Plus, we don’t hyave the OL for it.

    If Todd is in there, we need to blitz, he’s not mobile. But, if we blitz Burns and don’t get him, he’ll bust it.

    My question for the blog bag:

    Who is our fastest WR? I ask because I saw us run two early fly patterns down the left side to Bell. Why not McRae or Robinson who both appear, to me, to have better speed.

  4. carwwest Says:

    dang you db, that was my question…..mcrae deep, DO IT!!….i think we will have to run in order to be successful and try to keep auburn’s offense off the field….but in order to run the ball successfully, i think we are going to have to line up with a fullback and run down hill and not as much of this shotgun running stuff…we dont have very speedy backs so we have to get them going down hill, not sit and read….

    this isnt really a question for the blog bag but is there any mention or anything saying woody might actually use his speed on the outside and get robinson and elliott the ball in space??…granted, it was against a terrible team, but elliott looked good in space and robinson looks to have some shiftiness….pound the ball with dixon and ducre but utilize what little speed you do have WOODY!!!

  5. maroon1white Says:

    Q1) I don’t know if Croom will answer this question either, but with our OL on inside runs could we get away from the delayed hand off plays? I just feel like if Carroll and Dixon were both meeting half way we’d have a better chance of getting off the ball quicker. I think Dixon is great but when you need 6 yards a delayed hand off or a pitch, I don’t think, is helping him get you the first. Maybe I’m wrong but if you need 6 yards and you pitch it to him 4 yards behind the line he’s having to work way too hard.

    Q2) Do we have a play where we run a slant route? If not…why not?!? How many times do we get in 2nd and 4’s 3rd and 3’s and the defense loads the box. Wes could pick’em apart with it.

  6. skydawg706 Says:

    Use tight ends again….delay, slip out for quick throw – ( have helmet on tight). I do not think Croom showed everything – besides does not matter if you cannot stop it – guys up front the key.

    Saturday, from looks of thing our guys had the deep pass covered.

  7. db33 Says:

    Great minds think alike carwwest. I agree 110%. My #1 question after the La Tech game is how can Elliot have not gotten at least ONE screen pass in the game if he’s supposed to be our fastest & most elusive back??

    To do anything against Auburn we’ve got to mix it up. We’ve got to get rollouts, bootlegs, bubble screens, and it would help a ton if we could hit a deep pass. Otherwise, they are going to load the box, stuff Dixon, and come head hunting after Carroll. WE have to dictate tempo, not THEM. Croom would love it, but we don’t have the OL or the punter to do that.

    Elliot, Bonner, Robinson, they need the ball in open space multiple times each every game. Air it out to McRae at least twice per game. When we run the WR reverse it needs to be McRae or Robinson, not Smith or Bell.

    Got to run plays to the players strength not just call plays regardless of who happens to be in there.

    And, I’d love to see us pop the old “Riverboat Gambler” with a fake punt or fake field goal. I remember him pulling that crap up like 4 TD’s several years ago.

  8. skydawg706 Says:

    db33 – agree if Dawgs can mix it up – keep Auburn off balance

  9. spaceghost1 Says:

    What’s going on with Jamayel Smith? Two games, two fumbles. As a result, it looks like Croom has benched him. Is he our 4th option now behind McRae, Bell, and Riley? Is he having difficulty moving on from the LaTech game? As our top returning WR from last year, we are really going to need him going into the most brutal stretch of our schedule the next 3 games. Should we be concerned?

  10. Brad Locke Says:

    Good questions. Keep ’em coming. I’ll see how many answers I can get today and Wednesday.

  11. imabulldog Says:

    Bell is kinda sucking right now too, its amazing that the young ones have been the story

  12. joekstewart Says:

    With the building of the new video screen over the Seal Building, does that open for the possibility of expansion at the other end?

  13. skydawg706 Says:

    The new screen could open up the other end – wish we could fill what we have now.

    After watching replays at Saturday’s game. I think the new screen is going to be a big plus – glad is close to my end.

    BRAD – any projections when it will be finished?

  14. warbirdz44 Says:

    When will the basketball schedule be released?

  15. thingreenline Says:

    Devil’s Advocate:

    Brad, do you think Coach Croom will ever obtain the mindset needed for a SEC-calibur head coach. Meaning – one that doesn’t constantly battle clock management issues, indecision, ect.
    It’s year-five and he still has trouble with the same things he did his first year.

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