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Irish offensive coordinator Chuck Martin reflected this morning on what he took away from the Alabama loss.
"Don’t get down 21-0 after three possessions," he said. "The worst part from our standpoint was we never got into our game plan. We were unfortunately a 3-and-out and 6-and-out and then, OK now we’re in catch up mode. A lot of the things we would’ve liked to try to do against them, whether we could do them or not we’ll neverknow a lot of things were kind of out the window."
After opening up their big lead Alabama laid back on defense happy to let the Irish pick up a few yards running the ball so long as they didn't get behind them.
"They weren’t afraid of run or play action they were just going to tee off, and if you run it for a few yards who cares. Play action wasn’t going to be any good. You weren’t fooling anyone."
Martin said the first play action they ran after the 21-0 defecit the Tide safety dropped 35 yards off the line of scrimmage. The idea was to run a 15-yard post and hope the run fake sucked the safety closer to the line. The post was open for a second, but only because the safety was so far back. It was clear then that play action wasn't going to be effective.
There were certain players that impressed Martin when he went back to watch the tape:
"There were some parts of our offense and some players in our offense after you went back and watched the tape that really were fine out there," he said. "Some of them were better than fine. A couple of linemen went out there and played their tail off. Did the whole line play their tail off? No. ...Like any other beatdown, you learn a lot about it."
will have to watch his interview but i sure hoped he learned more than that. really amazing how out-coached we were starting with preparation through the first 3 series when the game was basically over. Guess that's the gap between a 2 now 3 time D1 Championship staff and a 2 time D2 Championship staff trying to make the jump to the next level. great learning experience to build on.
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