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A&M vs. Ga-durrs 2020 -- Log of Mond Passes

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OK, that was fun. It’s nice to know we can play decently enough on offense. After watching the game again, here’s the biggest takeaway:

MAJOR PROPS TO HENSON AND THE GOONS UP FRONT.

  1. NO OFFENSIVE PENALTIES. No Delays. No false starts. No Holding. NONE.
  2. NO SACKS. Mond was able to step into throws and make accurate throws.
  3. Almost no TFL’s against. A clean game on offense means we can put points on the board with almost anyone.

Shall we restart our suspended #HeisMOND election campaign? 25 / 35 for 338 yards and 3 TDs, no INTs, no Fumbles. Nice! Definitely what we needed.

At first watching, Mond had one of the most accurate games I think I’ve seen. Similar to the Alabama game, almost every pass was thrown into tight coverage (23 of 36 attempts were into tight coverage), but there were many well-placed balls. Can Mond continue with his accurate ball placement in the future?

Another critical aspect – I DIDN’T COUNT ANY BLATANT DROPS. The WR’s helped Mond A LOT today. Wydermyer played like a Kirby vacuum – sucking up everything thrown his way and had a lifetime warranty to go with it. Chapman was invaluable in using his body to shield defenders from the ball. Lane had good stick-um working. Smith made himself invisible a few times and found open gaps in coverage. Overall, WR play was the best we’ve seen all year. Hopefully this continues and the unit continues to gel.

So our emotions tell us it was a spectacular game and nothing can stop us now! We're winning out, Alabama is going to lose a game and we're going to the SEC Champ -- to the CFPlayoffs!

But what do the stats tell us? Will we be as excited as the statistical polling returns trickle in? Let’s go to the table… I used this VIDEO for the highlights.

Pass #

Time of Game (Q/Clock)

Time on Video

Result

Pass Yds

YAC

Target

Read

Coverage

Pocket Pressure

# Rush

Comment

1

1

6:53

14.21

INC

4

N/A

Chapman

1

Tight

None

4

High and inside of receiver into coverage. Not great choice.

2

1

6:48

15.03

Comp

9

3

Wyder.

1

Tight

Heavy

5

Threw Perfect off back foot. Not a lot of velocity, but job done.

3

1

6:10

15.46

Comp

44

3

Chapman

1

Tight

None

5

Beautiful Long Ball. Set feet. Time. Play Action froze safeties. Best throw I've seen.

4

1

4:04

17.58

Comp

12

0

Lane

1

Light

None

5

TOUCHDOWN. Slot route out, back in between zone.

5

1

1:37

27.06

Comp

-2

8

Smith

1

None

None

5

Quick Screen.

6

1

0:58

27.47

Comp

5

1

Smith

2

Tight

Heavy

5

Checkdown. WR's seemed to stand around.

7

1

0:18

28.30

Comp

5

1

Chapman

1

Tight

Some

4

Tight coverage.

8

2

14:15

30.10

Comp

12

2

Wyder.

1

Tight

None

5

Clean Pocket. Good throw.

9

2

13:37

30.51

Comp

20

9

Smith

1

None

Heavy

4

P.A., Backside Pressure, stayed in pocket. Busted Coverage. Deep Out.

10

2

12:04

32.33

Comp

4

0

Chapman

1

Tight

Heavy

4

End untouched w/Pressure.

11

2

11:26

33.09

INC

15

N/A

Chapman

1

Tight

None

5

End Zone Fade, too fast, heavy coverage. Right receiver, bad throw. No EZ Fade patterns have Compd this year.

12

2

11:19

33.57

Comp

3

5

Chapman

1

Light

Heavy

6

Blitz, Quick Out. Threw to vacated Corner.

13

2

9:38

35.59

Comp

3

0

Chapman

1

Tight

Some

5

TOUCHDOWN. Slower throw post. Good WR positioning. We had 3 linemen in the EZ (could have been illegal man downfield)

14

2

4:14

47.18

INC

25

N/A

3 Gator defenders

1

Tight

Heavy

4

Hit as throwing. Thrown off back foot. VERY DANGEROUS throw. 2 WR's running deep, never saw throw.

15

2

4:08

48.01

Comp

5

5

Chapman

1

Light

None

4

Quick WR hitch. Good move YAC.

16

2

1:31

50.46

INC

7

N/A

Wyder.

1

Tight

Heavy

5

Delayed LB Blitz. Thrown off back foot. DANGEROUS THROW.

17

2

1:27

52.10

Comp

8

2

Lane

1

Tight

Some

5

LB Blitz. Slant. Tough but perfect throw. Great catch.

18

2

1:04

52.40

INC

23

N/A

Smith

1

Tight

None

3

Overthrow deep out into double coverage

19

2

0:58

54.54

Comp

6

5

Lane

1

Light

None

3

Short In. Grantham dropping into coverage.

20

2

0:42

55.18

INC

19

N/A

Kam Brown

1

Tight

None

3

Missed another corner route to EZ.

21

2

0:38

56.02

Comp

4

0

Lane

1

Light

None

3

A lot of time to throw. Keyed on Lane. Hook route, fell down after catch. A LOT of wasted time here kept from getting TD.

22

2

0:16

56.26

Comp

6

6

Lane

1

Tight

None

3

Nice Slot Slant.

2

0:11

56.42

INC

-2

N/A

SPIKE

SPIKE Stop Clock

2

0:08

60.12

INC

3

N/A

Wyder.

1

Tight

Heavy

5

INTERFERENCE: Smith was open on bottom of screen. No time to see. Wyd blanketed.

23

3

15:00

71.04

Comp

3

15

Spiller

1

None

None

5

RB out, no coverage. Easy pitch/catch.

24

3

14:21

71.47

INC

-3

N/A

Spiller

1

Light

Some

4

Corner Blitz. Batted up. DANGEROUS. Threw into Defender. Bad Read. Bad Throw Would be No gain anyway.

25

3

13:39

73.07

INC

13

N/A

Wyder.

1

Tight

None

4

Underthrown. DANGEROUS, could be INT. LB Jumped the route. Bad Read, Bad Throw.

26

3

13:32

73.49

INC

6

N/A

Chapman

1

Tight

Some

5

LB Blitz. WR hitch, bad throw. Threw to outside away from defender, preventing INT. Wyd wide open, missed. WR ran right to coverage.

27

3

13:27

75.33

INC

13

N/A

Smith

1

Tight

Heavy

4

Delayed CB Blitz. Mond hit as throwing. DANGEROUS throw.

28

3

5:00

90.36

Comp

3

6

Wyder.

1

None

Some

5

PA bootleg after 7 runs. Short cross by Wyd. Threw on run into zone.

29

3

2:08

99.54

Comp

11

1

Wyder.

1

Tight

None

4

Lasered ball on TE Slant. Wyd saved this drive.

30

3

0:54

101.12

Comp

4

3

Chapman

1

Tight

None

4

Quick Slant. Tight Coverage.

4

15:00

102.58

INC

37

N/A

Chapman

1

Tight

Some

4

PA bootleg. Overthrew Chapman. DEF HOLDING.

31

4

8:36

118.57

Comp

5

5

Smith

1

Light

Some

5

Double Slants, Outside WR. FUMBLED on YAC. Throw Good

32

4

5:34

Comp

Wyder.

(Not on Video)

33

4

5:07

Comp

Chapman

(Not on Video)

34

4

4:40

123.44

Comp

51

0

Chapman

1

Tight

Some

5

TOUCHDOWN. PA rollout. Underthrown. WR made the play and blocked out the defender.

35

4

1:00

132.50

Comp

3

15

Lane

1

None

None

4

Quick Slant. No Coverage.

Conclusions:

  1. The game plan was to stretch the defense better. That was accomplished. We have new tape for other teams to think about. 6 passes >20 yards attempted and 3/7 including 2 connects of 44 and 51 yards with Chapman. The first (Pass #3) was absolutely perfect and maybe one of the best throws of his career. The second (Pass #34) was underthrown, but Chapman adjusted, shielded the defender and stole the pass for a TD. Unfortunately, it may cost him the rest of the season.
  2. Why could we stretch the field? Mond had relatively clean pockets most of the day. Even when there was pressure, he stayed in the pocket and took some hits. Happy feet Mond wasn’t in the stadium today. There were 4 back-foot / moving feet passes that I counted.
  3. Formations – we used a lot more pistol sets today than previously. This makes the defense pay attention more to the direction of the RB and I think is more effective in play action than the standard side-by-side formation. That may be my ignorant perception, but Spiller was effective out of the pistol.
  4. With the longer passes, YAC was down to 25% of total passing yards. This also had to do with the fact that UF defenders were playing very tight on the receivers.
  5. More on the OL: Grantham dialed up blitzes on 50% of the passes, and did a good job disguising where rushers were coming from. DL’s dropped into coverage, LBs and corners came from different directions, but didn’t get a sack. IMO, the OL won the game.
  • FL rushed 3 DL's 5 times (all at the end of the 2nd Quarter) and was 0-5 on pressure
  • FL rushed 4 Def 13 times and was 4-13 on pressures
  • FL rushed 5 Def 17 times and was 4-17 on pressures
  • FL rushed 6 Def 1 time and was 1-1 on pressures

So other than Mond being more accurate, what was different today? Honestly? Not much. In other words DAVID, WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO BE SUCH A KILLJOY?

  1. The long passes weren’t THAT accurate (only 3/7). At least we tried and connected for 2 HUGE plays. While Mond didn’t directly hurt Chapman, he had to adjust to and got his leg twisted under him. Concern is that he’s out with an ACL for the year (hopefully not).
  2. I count that we are 0-8 this season on End Zone jump ball / Corner routes for the season. Mond cannot throw this ball well with the right touch. We need to take it out of our bag of tricks b/c we aren’t fooling anyone.
  3. Consistency is still a problem. Between the last drive of the first half and the first drive of the 2nd half, Mond was 7-14 and made 5 dangerous throws (#14, #16, #24, #25, #27) that were batted, underthrown, and almost picked off. It wasn’t a perfectly clean game, and we benefitted from some luck (good luck for once).
  4. I only counted ONE second-read. Again, I may be undercounting b/c I’m only able to see Mond’s helmet move. He was confident in his accuracy, and for the most part was successful. There were a few throws (including the last play of the 1st half) where another receiver was open, but Mond keyed on his first receiver. I still think TN, Auburn, Arky defenses can solve a 1-read QB. Mond has the advantage in that he is usually able to get the ball out quickly, making the single-reads more effective.
  5. CLOCK MANAGEMENT – This is probably more on Jimbo, but as a Senior, Mond has to take charge on the field and get the team together. We have ONE quick play in our playbook (handoff over left tackle), so we don’t seem to be ready to line up with a backup play ready to go in short-clock situations. We got lucky in that missing the TD at the end of the first half didn’t cost us.

SO WHY DID WE WIN IF MOND "STILL SUCKS", DAVID??? MAYBE IT’S YOU WHO SUCKS, DAVID!!!

Even though I had a first-class seat on the Team-Mond train for the last 3 years, I haven’t yet gotten back in the car yet. Here’s why – when the game needed to be won, we took the ball out of Mond’s hands to win it. Pass attempts by Quarter:

  • 1st :: 6 / 7 (Comp/ATT) 7 points
  • 2nd :: 10 / 15 10 points
  • 3rd :: 4 / 8 7 points
  • 4th :: 5 / 5 17 points (includes the TD to Chapman, so arguably "still in Mond's hands")

Maybe this is the answer – don’t depend on Mond to win the game. Let him manage it, but make sure that the pressure is not squarely on his shoulders. If we need him to be perfect, we aren’t going to get it and can’t depend on him to be perfect. THAT’S OK!! I enjoyed the F--- You drive (after our defense gave up 2,385 penalty yards) with Spiller more than anyone. We have to play that kind of ball.

Here’s what I did like – After the last TD pass to Chapman, Mond was talking with the defense, being a leader, telling them they were going to get the ball back, that they were going to stop them. This is what you want a team leader to be. Well done. (Maybe Mond can help the Defense unit tackle better – although we don’t want to put MORE pressure on his shoulders.)

Hopefully we can build on this. Mond is who he is. He probably won’t be THIS accurate in every game moving forward. It’s up to Jimbo to figure out how to use him better on a more consistent basis. That’s what good coaches do – use their personnel at the greatest maximum potential to beat anyone in the country. We’ll find out how good Jimbo is I guess in the coming weeks. One thing we know, the SEC is a crazy place this year – no guaranteed wins any week this year. Pirates, thong-face-masks, coaches stealing signals, zombie Pigs, etc. It's going to be a wild ride.

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