Beaten Not Broken: Seminoles Defense To Bounce Back Against Cougars
FSU's defense was beaten in every area last week against Oklahoma. They had problems getting to the ball, tackling, making the right reads and making adjustments to the no-huddle offense.
Most people will look at the weaknesses displayed against Oklahoma as negatives; I look at them as positives, and here is why:
Most young, talented teams go weeks into a season not knowing what their weaknesses are or what they need to improve. A lot of that is due to scheduling and who they play in the first couple weeks. Now ,I do admit that it wasn't fun watching the Seminoles get ran over by the Sooners, but I am glad it happened when it did instead of later in the season during a big conference game.
"Now everybody knows what they have to do," Reid said. "Now I feel like everybody knows their weakness. My weakness was tackling and my weakness was kind of lining up a little bit."
Having learned what they need to correct just two weeks into the season will prove to be beneficial for this team in the long run. Thanks to the Oklahoma game, they've learned that they need to work on their tackling, coverage, and communication skills, along with making smart plays and not letting their emotions get the best of them.
Now, with BYU coming to town this weekend, they can put their practice to the test. It is going to be a different style of offense than what they saw against Oklahoma, strictly because they use two quarterbacks.
A two quarterback system; ring a bell? Reminds me of the days when the Florida Gators would come into town and play with two different quarterbacks. BYU's system is very similar to that of the Gators. However, it may not be as difficult to contain.
The Cougars' starting quarterback, Riley Nelson will pose more of a threat with his feet than with his arm. Thus far in the season, he has ran for 154 yards on 28 carries. He will be more of the option threat, while true freshman Jake Heaps will be the pocket passer. Heaps is known to have a strong arm but is having a difficult time adapting to college level of play. Both can throw the ball and FSU will see both of them an equal amount as Bronco Mendenhall likes to rotate them in and out every other series.
"You got to prepare for the guy who is athletic and can run around and the guy that can throw it," Jimbo Fisher said. "You got to remember the other guy can throw it too … It's just that Jake has a big time future throwing the ball."
The defense has been working hard this past week in preparation for the Cougars offense, along with fine-tuning their mistakes. No matter what quarterback is in, expect the defense to come out hungry and with a point to prove.
Mark my word, the Seminoles will tame the Cougars and show that the last performance was something we won't see for the remainder of the season.
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