Tuesday, September 12, 2006

If Only We Had 15 Defenders...

I'm starting to fill out a Q&A survey from Dave at Maize & Brew, and was a little surprised by the wording on one of the questions he sent:

10. Rhema McKnight = Hoss. Samarjwickawickawicka hasn't started all that strong. How big a deal were Stovall and Fasano's departures to this offense?
Personally, I think Samarjwickawickawicka has started off pretty well, although I guess "not strong" means not equal to his eye-popping stats and touchdown-a-game pace from the beginning of last season. In Samarjwickawickawicka's defense, a big part of his slightly lower stats is opposing teams keying their entire defense on him. Don't believe me? Check out this still frame from the McKnight touchdown at the end of the first half in the Penn State game:

One play left in the half, the Irish need to score a touchdown. So what does the defense do? They put one, two, three bodies on the Shark. Excellent gameplan. Wait, except there's some guy in a blue jersey running around the back of the end zone completely uncovered. Quinn could have lobbed to ball underhand to Rhema McKnight and it would still have been an easy touchdown.

My short answer? Who cares if Samarjwickawickawicka doesn't put up those big numbers. I'm more than happy to throw to other wide open receivers while the Shark draws everybody but the waterboy into coverage.



At 4:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a classic example of why I'd rather have our WR's than Calvin Johnson and the Nobodies. Shark will get his numbers up against the middle of our schedule, when teams realize they can't triple him at the expense of leaving Rhema, Carlson, et al wide open.


At 8:23 AM, Blogger Maize n Brew Dave said...

You nailed the question on the head.

I managed to watch most of the GT and PSU games with family, but didn't see much of Samarwhateverhisnameis aside from a single touch down catch. He's had a quiet start compared to the season he had last year.

And yes, I missed the triple coverage on that play.

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Sean H. said...

I belive BQ was quoted as saying something to the effect of that he hopes teams double and triple team the Shark because Rhema will have a field day.

People keep forgetting that Rhema was the #1 receiver on this team coming into last year.

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Kelley Cook said...

Personally I just feel sorry for that Penn State defender in the lowerleft who has to wear that "Eat at Joes" peacock logo all game.

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous m@ said...

I think that's a referee...but still, Kelley, a scourge upon the field indeed, that peacock.

At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rhema was also the leading receiver last year until he got hurt against UM. He's going to have HUGE numbers this year. Shark just creates too much of a mismatch not to have safety help on him. Now that Carlson has demonstrated that he's a threat, it creates a big problem for the defense. Would I like to have ther freakishly good Calvin Johnson on the team? You betcha. Would I give up any two of our wideouts to have him? Hell no.

At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where did that still frame come from?


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