Some of our unfiltered thoughts from the game:
- Tim and I both agreed that Threet looked much better than Sheridan again. He made better reads, better throws (for the most part), and even looked more authoritative on his runs. With a repertoire of two half games for each, I think Steven Threet should be the starting quarterback. I wasn't watching the broadcast, so I don't know why they were rotating; I think it was to give each guy a shot against the same team (again).
- Mark Ortmann came out in the third quarter, but the injury was treated with an icepack on his elbow. It didn't appear to be too serious, and God help us all if it is.
- The gameplan seemed to be almost the exact same as last week. Even the first play was the exact same (of course, Odoms had much more success on it today than he did against Utah). Are the coaches holding back tricks for later games, and keeping it vanilla (a la DeBord), or is this everything they can do with quarterbacks who can barely throw and run?
- Shaw was running well, then disappeared. Anyone watch the broadcast and hear why that might have been? In Shaw's stead, McGuffie was the best running back. I'm surprised we didn't see more of Grady when they ran from the I-form. Minor was, well, Minor. That is neither good nor bad.
- The fans faded during the course of the game. When the team gave them something to be really excited about, they responded. However, the fan momentum wasn't really maintained, and the third quarter was pretty quiet.
- The half-rolls that Miami was using on offense was pretty effective (once they went to it - nice adjustment by the Miami coaching staff). It prevents a fairly dominant D-line from getting to the quarterback. We'll see if other teams go to that sort of strategy, and how Shafer reacts.
- This offense hasn't been making too many big plays (aside from a couple of runs getting blown open and the Odoms screen), but when you watch them play, it is clear that they have big-play potential, and are just a slight improvement in execution away from making something very interesting happen. As the experience across the board improves (especially if Zirbel and Ortmann can get/stay healthy), and more of the playbook is installed, this offense may be adequate down the road.
- The offensive line was again a weak point. We can hope for improvement and the return of Zirbel, and they could be good (enough) by the end of the year.
- Obi Ezeh was again a badass in terms of making tackles, and seemed to defend the pass better this week (albeit against worse competition). He could be a really special player down the line.