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A&M vs. 'BAMA 2020 -- Log of Mond Passes

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So, I'm back to try and make sense of last weekend's thrashing. I see some people calling for Mond's retirement. I hear Gary Danielson say that Mond would be a great QB on another team (ouch -- still too soon for us, ala Mr. K Murray). I really don't care too much about what people think they see on the field, I'll try to dig into the numbers and see what is really happening. On paper, Mond seemed to have a better day. 300 yards passing. 2 TDs. One unforgivable Pick-6. Pretty much standard fare for our QB's to find an open 'bama defender for a score. 1 official sack (for -1 yd). No fumbles. We still lost by a lot, although it never seemed like we were really getting clobbered. The scoreboard told us something different though. (The only time I ever felt like we were outclassed was 2014 when our QB slept under trees in Northgate.)

Against Vandy, they basically gave us the short field and Mond connected on a lot of short reads. We knew that Alabama wasn't going to give us anything anywhere, and they really didn't. WR's were hassled all day (including at least 3 missed PI's) and there were very few "open" or "light" coverages. With the speed in the DB backfield, Satan doesn't have to play off our WR's -- bump, grind, hack, harass is the name of the game, and 'bama did it well. The OL did OK giving time, but we really didn't see more than 4 or 5-man rushes. Therefore, there were usually 7 in coverage and our WR's couldn't do enough to get open. It seems like every other CFB team can find open receivers, but we don't seem to.

Well, here are the numbers below. I used this video as reference :: TAMU vs. ALABAMA 2020

Unfortunately Woodlands Aggie only makes a no-huddle video if we win... so he usually is on vacation for Alabama weekends.

Pass #

Time of Game (Q/Clock)

Time on Video

Result

Pass Yds

YAC

Target

Read

Coverage

Pressure

Comment

1

1

15:00

7:44

Comp

9

5

Preston

1

Light

Heavy (4)

Quick Slant. DE on Mond. Good throw/catch.

2

1

14:27

8:19

Comp

5

4

K Brown

1

Tight / Double

None (4)

Slant. Should have been INT. Not a smart throw.

3

1

12:54

10:59

Comp

-3

9

Wyder.

1

None

None (4)

Screen in backfield.

4

1

12:17

11:39

INC

6

N/A

Lane

1

Tight

None (5)

Dropped, but should be PI.

5

1

11:34

12:59

Comp

-3

4

Smith

1

Light

Heavy (4)

Backfield swing pass out of double backfield.

6

1

10:52

13:41

INC

18

N/A

Lane

1

Tight

Some (5)

Bad Pass. 50/50 ball high to 5'11" receiver.

7

1

10:46

14:26

INC

19

N/A

Preston

1

Tight

None (5)

High Pass. Back Shoulder, Could have been caught.

8

1

9:19

20:32

Comp

-1

15

Preston

2

Light

None (4)

Check Down to Preston on edge.

9

1

8:37

21:17

INC

12

N/A

Demas

1

Tight

Heavy (5)

Bad Pass. 5' over receiver. Left Edge. Delay Corner blitz.

10

1

7:28

23:24

INC

12

N/A

Lane

2?

Tight

None (3)

MISSED PI. Bad REF

1

2:39

33:58

INC

10

N/A

Wyder.

1

Tight

Some

HOLDING DEF. Bad throw at feet of TE. In-route.

11

1

1:23

36:12

Comp

2

45

Smith

2

None

Some (5)

TD. RB outlet in open field, safety valve pass.

12

2

14:50

42:53

Comp

10

7

Renick

1

None

None (4)

TD. TE Slant. Good throw.

13

2

11:53

49:36

INC

13

N/A

?

1

Tight

Heavy (6)

Thrown away under pressure.

14

2

9:07

56:11

INC

7

N/A

Smith

2

Tight

Some (4)

Some Pressure. Check down to Smith. Bad Throw.

15

2

8:19

57:38

Comp

10

0

Wyder.

1

Tight

None (6)

Good pocket, Good throw

16

2

7:49

58:15

INC

13

N/A

Wyder.

1

Tight-Dbl

Heavy (4)

Step up in pocket, hurried into dbl coverage

2

7:42

59:02

Comp

2

0

Lane

2

Tight

Heavy (4)

HOLD Long Time in Pocket, Collapse. Check down

17

2

7:08

61:13

Comp

7

0

Lane

1

Tight

Some (4)

Short Out.

18

2

6:29

62:43

PICK 6

13

-48

Preston

1

Tight

Heavy (3)

Some Pressure, Didn't step into it, slow throw.

19

2

4:20

67:45

INC

4

N/A

Preston

1

Tight

None (5)

Quick Slant, Should have been INT.

20

2

4:16

68:27

Comp

3

14

Smith

1

None

Heavy (5)

Screen Out.

21

2

3:37

69:12

Comp

0

9

K Brown

2

None

Heavy (4)

Long Pocket, Out Relief. Receiver didn't follow blocker

22

2

1:27

71:23

INC

3

N/A

Smith

2

Light

Heavy (5)

DROPPED. Little low, but should have been caught. Mond missed open Lane before Smith (CB's picked themselves)

23

3

12:51

88:59

Comp

-2

5

Lane

1

None

None (4)

Screen, short gain

24

3

12:13

89:36

INC

5

N/A

Lane

1

None

None (4)

Lane didn't look. Wide Open.

25

3

12:10

90:16

Comp

10

3

Wyder.

1

Tight

None (6)

TE In route. Good catch, broke tackle

26

3

11:31

91:01

INC

2

N/A

Lane

1

Light

Some (5)

Slot out, Bad Throw. Too far in front.

27

3

10:41

92:28

Comp

15

0

Lane

1

Tight

None (4)

Slot in

28

3

9:22

93:52

INC

13

N/A

Chapman

1

Tight

Heavy (5)

Thrown away under pressure (but had time).

29

3

9:16

94:39

INC

9

N/A

Wyder.

1

Tight

Heavy (5)

Lofted in, Dropped. PI not called.

30

3

7:24

104:48

Comp

4

6

Wyder.

1

Light

None (4)

TE Out

31

3

6:48

105:27

Comp

10

7

Wyder.

1

Light

None (4)

TE Slant

32

3

6:05

106:13

Comp

3

0

Lane

1

Light

None (4)

Short Out.

33

3

5:36

106:52

Comp

6

0

Chapman

1

Tight

None (4)

WR In.

34

3

4:00

108:33

Comp

2

0

Lane

1

Tight

None (4)

Slot Cross

35

3

2:58

109:50

Comp

17

0

Lane

1

Tight-Dbl

None (3)

Short Post, Low, was tipped.

36

3

2:25

110:28

Comp

5

0

Wyder.

1

Tight

None (4)

TE Short out

37

3

1:43

111:09

INC

2

N/A

Smith

1

Tight

Heavy (5)

Delay Corner Blitz. High throw, off back foot.

38

3

0:50

112:43

INC

8

N/A

Wyder.

1

Tight

Heavy (6)

(4th) Safety Blitz, thrown away, TE Out open, Preston didn't come back.

39

4

10:14

122:40

Comp

17

26

Smith

1

None

None (4)

Deep Cross. Blown Coverage

9:43

123:18

SACK

Heavy (4)

Had time, pocket collapse, ran into sack

40

4

9:02

123:59

Comp

3

0

Wyder.

1

Tight

None (4)

Short TE out

41

4

8:20

124:41

Comp

10

5

Wyder.

1

Light

Some (4)

TE In route.

42

4

7:42

125:24

INC

14

N/A

Renick

1

Tight

Some (5)

Late pressure, threw off back foot, OB, Receiver fell

43

4

7:33

126:12

INC

14

N/A

Renick

1

Tight

Some (5)

Rollout throw on run, In front of receiver, same as last play

44

4

7:29

127:59

Comp

16

0

Smith

1

Light

Some (4)

TD. Slot out. Receiver behind coverage. Underthrown.

CONCLUSIONS:

1. Still no downfield threat. No passes of even 20 yards attempted.

2. For passes >10 yards, Mond was 4-14 with a Pick-6. (This is still bad)

3. Pass protection was OK. When no pressure was in the pocket, Mond was 17-22 193 yds. That included 2 "misses" that were clearly Pass Interferences that weren't called.

4. When under heavy pressure, Mond was 5-14 including the Pick-6.

5. Speaking of the Pick 6, this was a terrible throw off the back foot across the field that a Senior QB should not be making.

5b. I counted 3 other passes that could have been INTs. They were rifled through at least one Defender's hands.

6. You can only throw long if you have time. Again, Mond tends to get happy feet and throw without power / accuracy when there is any pressure.

  • 'bama rushed 3 DL's3 times and was 1 for 3 on pressures
  • They rushed 4 DL’s 25 times and were 10 for 25 on pressures
  • They rushed 5 Def 14 times and were 11 for 14 on pressures
  • They rushed 6 Def 4 times and were 2 for 4 on pressures
  • Overall, that’s not TERRIBLE pass protection. There was only one "sack" and it was for -1 yards when Mond stepped into the pressure (same as against Vandy)

7. Mond didn’t run much. Some of that has to do with being behind (again). When he did try to run, he usually fell after first contact. He’s simply not a hard runner on contact. We saw King try to decapitate himself with Alabama defenders later in the game, whereas Mond tends to flutter out of bounds or crumple when contacted.

8. About 50% of the yards were after the catch, slightly down from the Vandy game. That’s likely due to the tighter coverage on our WR’s

9. We tried 4 50/50 touchdown jump balls (2 on first drive, 2 on the last scoring drive) that all went INCOMPLETE. We don’t have the tall receivers to do this (not that we used – Chapman and Demas are tall, but we used 6’0 receivers to try 50-50 balls, and twice with Renick. Weird.

10. I only counted 7 out of the 44 pass attempts where Mond checked to his 2nd receiver. That may be a few under-counted, but it shows he knows where he is going before the play and sticks with it. There was one time he pulled down a pass attempt and ran instead of throwing a n INT.

I feel whelmed… neither over or under. Our QB play is about as ineffectively effective as it could be. Not enough to win the big games. Enough to be an average football team. We don’t have a championship level QB, OL, or WR’s that can get open. We still drop the ball at critical times, make enough mistakes, and allow the opponent to still make big plays. That’s an all-around average SEC team.

I don’t see us changing QBs for FL, but if FL goes awry, then I would demand changes after that. I thought King was competent, but almost killed himself trying to actually scramble for yards. He wasn’t afraid to throw downfield (only completion was for 17 yards). Therefore, I’d be much more willing to see a Freshmen make the same mistakes Mond makes as a senior.

69. That’s the number of 4-5 star players on Alabama’s roster. TAMU has 42,e ven though we may have top-10 recruiting classes, We know Alabama is in another league, but Clemson figured out how to beat them with 12-16 ranked classes. We haven’t. One key is having an elite QB that can throw downfield and stretch the defense. We don’t have that in Mond. I'm OK moving on, regardless as to the crush that Gary has on him.

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