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    #1 thing I would like to see in our passing game

    After watching the Hawks play this year, I've noticed that Stanzi ALWAYS has a safety valve to throw to in the flat when nothing else is open down the field anywhere. In fact, more often than not, he ends up going to this safety valve the majority of the time and they end up getting an easy 5-8 yds every time. And it always puts them in 3rd and short, or gets them the 1st down when they only have 3-5 yds to get.

    I'm sure AA has a safety valve as well, I just haven't seen it? It seems that all we ever run is slants 10-15 yds downfield OR WR bubble screens that never work. AA desperately needs a bailout guy to go to that is either dragging across the middle about 5 yds out in the flat or either a RB in the flat out of the backfield or something? That way AA can immediately look downfield, and if nothing is there, he can dump it off for an easy 5-8 yd gain instead of forcing something like he's been doing.

    Then.... once teams start coming up to defend the dump off route, that is when you send Colin Franklin down the middle of the field or Sed Johnson on and out and up and burn them deep.

    Thoughts?



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    Re: #1 thing I would like to see in our passing game

    The problem is that we have to keep that safety valve inside on the line to help block. Good offensive lines don't need the extra help. I'm not saying we don't have a good offensive line, but I'm saying that I don't think our coaches like the idea of a guy getting through there to drill AA and want to try to keep it from happening.



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    Re: #1 thing I would like to see in our passing game

    I'm still concerned with our inability to get the ball to Darks, Sed J. and Money in space. The three of them combined for one catch last night. I know they are fighting nagging injuries but these guys are play makers and we need to get them involved.


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    Re: #1 thing I would like to see in our passing game

    Arnaud always has a safety drop off, alot of times there are two... If he would have dumped it off against Iowa they would have had all day to run witht he LB's dropping as deep as they were.



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    Re: #1 thing I would like to see in our passing game

    maybe ISU should resurrect Woody Hayes from the dead and have him be ISU's offensive coordinator. "When you throw the ball, three things can happen - and two of them are bad"



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    Re: #1 thing I would like to see in our passing game

    Quote Originally Posted by clonedude View Post
    After watching the Hawks play this year, I've noticed that Stanzi ALWAYS has a safety valve to throw to in the flat when nothing else is open down the field anywhere. In fact, more often than not, he ends up going to this safety valve the majority of the time and they end up getting an easy 5-8 yds every time. And it always puts them in 3rd and short, or gets them the 1st down when they only have 3-5 yds to get.

    I'm sure AA has a safety valve as well, I just haven't seen it? It seems that all we ever run is slants 10-15 yds downfield OR WR bubble screens that never work. AA desperately needs a bailout guy to go to that is either dragging across the middle about 5 yds out in the flat or either a RB in the flat out of the backfield or something? That way AA can immediately look downfield, and if nothing is there, he can dump it off for an easy 5-8 yd gain instead of forcing something like he's been doing.

    Then.... once teams start coming up to defend the dump off route, that is when you send Colin Franklin down the middle of the field or Sed Johnson on and out and up and burn them deep.

    Thoughts?
    There is a lot in this year's offense that seems pretty similar to last year, but I have noticed that we don't throw the 5 yard out nearly as much this year. AA threw that pass well to Jones, Sumrall, etc last year; and it consistently got us into manageable down and distance.



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    Re: #1 thing I would like to see in our passing game

    #1 thing I would like to see in our passing game
    More running of the football.



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    Re: #1 thing I would like to see in our passing game

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneWarning View Post
    There is a lot in this year's offense that seems pretty similar to last year, but I have noticed that we don't throw the 5 yard out nearly as much this year. AA threw that pass well to Jones, Sumrall, etc last year; and it consistently got us into manageable down and distance.
    Yes the 5 yard out worked very well on 3rd and 9 (Only half kidding though..)



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