Second viewing thoughts and grade report: Miami
Watching this game back might have spiked my bloodpressure. We should have won. There's been debate on the blogs and message boards regarding Miami's talent or some coaching issues. I really think it was about mistakes and conditioning. If we wrapped up a bit more and did a better job with drops and fumbles, this game was ours. A bad day or some bad bounces will happen to great teams too. But what frustrates is that we wasted a career day from Rettig and we wasted a potential wins. Great teams bounce back from games like these. Will this BC team?
Rettig threw the ball like a pro. That's not an exaggeration. His throws were fast and on time. He also added touch and made good throws when the play broke down. The INT was bad, but those things are bound to happen when you throw it 50+ times. I appreciate that he kept going back to guys who had dropped the ball. I also like when he showed nice touch. Miami used a lot of zone and dropped a lot of guys into coverage. Rettig was patient and waited for things to open. The only small critique was that his footwork was a bit inconsistent in the second half, but overall it was a hell of a game. If he plays like this every week, we will win more games than we lose.
A big reason for Rettig's big day was the offensive line. They gave him plenty of time and were very good in pass protection. Miami didn't blitz much nor send more than four, so it was all about fundamentals, helping the guy next to you and maintaining your blocks. The run blocking wasn't as clean or dominant. Vardaro had a couple of mistakes when he pulled or trapped. He was the weak link of the line on Saturday. There was one botched exchange with Gallik but otherwise he was good. White, Wetzel and Cleary all had great days.
We've been so used to our WRs getting manhandled that it was shocking and refreshing to see them wide open. Much of that was because Miami used a lot of zone, but most of the WRs found the soft spots and exploited them. Amidon and Rettig were clearly on the same page and looked like they were improvising on play breakdowns. Amidon's drops cost us, but he made up for it with some really tough catches and nice runs. Miller had some nice catches in traffic but he also dropped some key passes. Evans was ok -- but hands were an issue too. Elliott had a nice grab. Coleman didn't do much but did make a good decision on running during the run/pass option. Parsons' step out of bounds was costly. Porter played but wasn't thrown to and got pushedover when blocking for a potential Kimble TD run.
Sinkovec was our secret weapon. I don't know if he'll be that wide open ever again, but he made the most of the throws to him and looked good running with the ball. His blocking was good too. Kimble had a huge day and looked really good in all aspects of the game. However, his fumble was terrible and he's got to do a better job holding onto it in traffic. Andre Williams started well but was contained as the game went on. Aside from his costly fumble the big issues seems to be his vision and cuts. When he has space and runs to daylight he looks great. Or if the hits a tight hole and just pushes. The problems come when he has a hole and cuts into traffic -- which he did a few times. I don't know what he's seeing, but it was disappointing.
I loved how Martin called the game. He had us finding soft spots in their zone. He kept Miami honest with a good mix of run and play action. We attacked downfield. The only gripe was that we stalled out some drives in the redzone, but two of those drives could have easily been TDs (Miller's drop and the final possession). But it was obvious to anyone who has followed BC recently that something was different. I hope Martin keeps things this interesting and keeps the other team's guessing.
Before the season, I thought the front seven would carry our defense. On Saturday they were the problem.
Other than Ramsey, none of the DLine disrupted Miami. Edebali hustles like no one else, but needs to make more plays. Quinn was a nonfactor and missed some tackles. Ricci didn't do much. Mihalik didn't get much penetration. Abdesmad lost contain and made some other mistakes.
Divitto's has had better days. I don't know if Miami decided to exploit him or if it was just bad timing, but many of the big plays were on his side. Although he did make some nice tackles, he still allowed too many big plays via missed tackles, getting swallowed on blocks or being a step late in coverage. Like all the LBs, Clancy missed tackles, but overall was good. KPL had some really good plays but also had a few mistakes in coverage. Duggan was very good and got in their backfield. We need to get him on the field more.
The DBs were actually pretty good. Noel made some big plays and hustled. Rositano was solid and showed good hands on the INT. Asprilla was all over the place. Keyes was good. Sylvia was good in run support.
The defense missed a bunch of tackles and didn't make enough plays up front. You can debate how much of that was on coaching. What you can't debate was BC's failure to adjust or slow things down. We started to blitz KPL in the second half. We also used a bit of three-man fronts, but it wasn't enough. We couldn't get Miami off the field and didn't luck out on turnovers.
Special Teams: B-
I felt the punt and kick coverage was decent. I liked the use of the pooch. Evans had one nice run back. Rositano lucked out on his fumbled punt but we can't have him back there fair catching it every time. Levano's punts were fine. Freese was also solid.
BC played hard and looked great at times. But Spaz gets a C for not having an adjustment in the second half. You also have to question the missed tackles. Was it talent or conditioning? Either way it was a problem and Spaz needs to address it. We wasted a timeout on the first play (it didn't matter) but that's still on Spaz. (I know the we blamed TV, but it was never corrected. What if we needed it?) The final possession was also poorly managed. Why didn't we challenge the 3rd down catch? That looked like a TD to me.
Things look better and Spaz deserves credit for that. But now he needs to show that was not a fluke and he needs to actually pick up a win.