The Als have had another stellar and record season including the most wins and the most points by a FG kicker. Several receivers had had their mandatory 1000 yards of receptions as well. All in all, a very satisfying season.
However, we have also seen over the last ten years or so, that the Als can also come out flat on the Big Day. The 1000-yd receivers drop easy passes, AC’s timing and/or accuracy is off, DBs give up several big plays… All of this begs the question - after a two-week layoff, which can be a blessing or a curse, which Als team takes the field on November 22, and again, hopefully, on November 29? Good Als or bad Als?
I sincerely hope that they will put some variety into the running game, not just smash-mouth football up the gut, but rather sweeps, options, well-executed draws, using both Carter and Cobourne. For the passing game, more roll-out options, quick releases…etc. All defensive teams know that AC is a stay-at-home pocket passer; they will rush accordingly. No QB when rushed or forced to make a hurried throw is effective. Also, depending how the game is going, I wouldn’t hestitate to put McPherson in. With AC, if the receivers are all covered, it’s either a sack or throw it into row 6. Result? - a series of two-and-outs. With Adrian, he can cover ground via the overland route and keep the drive going. This keeps the D honest. Predictability in a one-game-winner-takes-all is deadly.
For the D, they will have to make whichever opposing QB they face uncomfortable with effective pressure on the line and from the secondary. They will also have to vary their looks and go man-to-man and zone. Keep 'em guessing, right?
What say you?