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QB Isn't the Problem (by Ryan Bridges)


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Playing quarterback is hard. Playing quarterback without a run game, minimal pass protection, and an unimaginative game plan and play-caller is harder. So before we dig into the things Shane Buechele did wrong on Saturday, let’s briefly consider what he had to overcome. Some of this will be a defense of Buechele, but my thesis is that the challenges won’t change whether Buechele, Sam Ehlinger or Jerrod Heard is taking the snaps.

No Run Game

As best I can tell, the plan to run the ball was: don’t. In the base offense (not Wildhorn or whatever they’re calling it), Texas ran inside zone 67% of the time. The offensive line got movement 0% of the time.

Now, the Maryland defense was giving up the outside, which is why Texas threw so many bubble and swing screens, and they were productive plays. But Maryland also left itself open to some other runs, especially counters. Tim Beck called counter-G once, but Buechele threw the bubble screen instead – a good thing, because the playside of the offensive line took the play off.

It’s true that Texas fell behind early, but by the second half, they had made it a close game. And besides, converting short-yardage situations is a lot easier when there’s actually a threat to run the ball. Maybe a more mobile quarterback can open things up, but the benefits will be mitigated if the team is running only one play, poorly, and changing only the ballcarrier.

Occasional Free Rushers

Connor Williams had his worst game as a Longhorn.

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And he still looked like an All-American next to his peers.

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Because the protection was so bad, Texas used more seven-man protections. The result was always something like this.

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2.5 to 3 receivers trying to find space against seven defenders. Buechele pressured himself on this particular play, but we’ll get to that.

Tim Beck

On a day when the play-calling was very special, this goal line series stood out.

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The first clip is a crack screen (at least according to Tom Herman). Reggie Hemphill didn’t block the safety, so it wouldn’t have mattered, but I also don’t know what Dorian Leonard is doing. He could block the cornerback and stay on him – which isn’t a crack screen – or he could act like he’s running a slant and then block the first defender who shows. He tried to do both but succeeded only in telling the cornerback that it was a screen. The point is to pull the corner inside (he’ll think he’s covering a slant route) and cut off the pursuit, eliminating two defenders. Of course there’s also the issue of Garrett Gray, whose fruitless hop to catch the ball slowed his turn upfield.

The second clip is a snag concept that looks to be designed to go to Chris Warren*. That raises the question: why not have those receivers block? But there’s a lesson that we can learn here, one that you’d expect a Power 5 offensive coordinator to anticipate rather than learning with us – the fans. When the offense throws the ball to the flat over and over, eventually the defense starts jumping those routes. When the defense starts jumping short routes, other routes come open behind them – like Leonard’s corner route on this play.

I thought maybe Beck was concerned that Buechele couldn’t see over the line well enough near the goal line to throw it over the middle, but then he called this levels concept on a two-point conversion attempt.

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And Buechele executed it well, putting the ball up over the defender and… right through Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s hands.

In fact, there were lots of things that Buechele did well, and some plays that he singlehandedly turned from bad to good.

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Here’s a passing concept that will become familiar in this post. I don’t know why Texas wasn’t running a slant/flat combination to the boundary, unless Beck gets a bonus for every wasted receiver/route**. Maryland gets not just pressure, but a free rusher, with only four guys. The likeliest hot route, Hemphill, is bracketed. This is a terrible play, but Buechele single-handedly keeps it alive and converts it into a first down.

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It’s 3rd & 9, and the offense is trying to set up a drive concept to the field, with Duvernay running a drag route and Hemphill running a dig route behind him. It takes a little time to develop, which isn’t something Buechele had much of. There’s no blitz this time, just Patrick Vahe failing to pick up a defensive line twist stunt – something he’s struggled with his entire career. Before Hemphill has even made his cut, Buechele has a loose defender – ONE OF ONLY THREE PASS RUSHERS ON THE PLAY – barreling down on him. Again he keeps the play alive and completes it for a first down. I don’t mean to excuse it, but seeing plays like this helps to explain why Buechele flushes himself from the pocket at times.

Where Buechele Fell Short

Hesitation

Texas ran this double-in concept repeatedly in short-yardage situations.

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Maryland is in 2-Man coverage (two deep safeties, man coverage underneath). The Y (Gray) should and does clear out space for Buechele to throw to the slot (Humphrey), but instead Buechele hesitates and the pressure gets to him. And yeah, “Why are they running four-yard routes on 3rd & 8?” is a great question.

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Here’s the same concept from above combined with a go route and a quick out. It’s 4th & 2, the sort of situation where you’d like to have the threat of pounding the ball with your 250-pound running back. Maryland is again in what looks to be 2-Man, but I think the Terps had wisely started to double team Collin Johnson by this point. That may be why Buechele didn’t throw this ball, but I doubt it; it looks like there should be enough cushion to the safety for the throw to be safe. The limited space between Johnson and the sideline could be another reason he hesitated. Whatever he saw, it’s not the end of the world, but he makes things way more difficult when he leaves the pocket for no reason. It constricts the amount of field he has to work with and gives the linebacker who’s spying him a free path to the sack. That leads us to our next problem.

Self-Pressure

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Same concept. Maryland’s in Cover 3 this time. Based on the concepts and coverage, Buechele picked the right side of the field to attack, but the DB covering Hemphill has outside leverage on the out route. So Buechele’s first look wasn’t open, but the play isn’t doomed yet. The pocket is intact, and he still has a whole other side of the field to check out – there’s even one whole wide receiver over there***! (The one guy who’s open is Kyle Porter.) Instead, Buechele stumbles forward for a few yards. At least he got the first down.

Buechele wasn’t good, but he did lots of things right, and he was hyper accurate on nearly every throw. Three passes were dropped (a long ball to Johnson, a two-point conversion to Humphrey and a deep comeback to Duvernay), the game plan and play-calling were unimaginative, and Maryland overwhelmed Texas’ pass protection all day.

* I’m basing this assumption on all the trouble Texas went through to move Warren around before the play, but the more I watch it – now that the clips are already made and the article already written – the more I think Buechele may have pre-determined the throw himself.

** The personnel decisions, especially when Texas went with empty sets, were puzzling. Wide receiver is the deepest position group on the team. Texas is down by multiple scores. They’re going to throw the ball. They telegraph that they’re going to throw the ball by lining up in empty. WHY ARE THEY WASTING TWO OF THEIR FIVE SPOTS FOR ELIGIBLE RECEIVERS ON GARRETT GRAY AND KYLE PORTER (SOMETIMES CHRIS WARREN)? If they’re going to tell the defense what they’re about to do, at least do it with the best players for the job out there on the field. This is like lining up in goal line but playing only the guys on your roster who are 200 pounds or less.

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1st off, thanks for the work you put in, I really enjoy conversations like these with video linked to get the visual of the subtext.

Here's where I disagree with some of your points.

How many attempts did Buechele have where he threw in ball within 2 seconds of receiving the snap?

Yes the OL didn't play well, but the meme going around the depths of the fandom is he was running for his life, and that is simply not true.

What is an acceptable % of pressures for an OL on nearly 60 attempts?

The balls you mentioned being dropped where all horrible throws.

The long ball to Johnson was thrown over the wrong shoulder.

The deep out to Duvernay skipped to him.

The 2 point conversion to Humphrey was late which forced it to be high.

The biggest problem with Buechele and Ash had the same problem, he can't throw WR's open. On that 2 point conversion, the ball was late, which is why it was high and was going to take an extremely difficult catch for Humphrey to get 1 foot in bounds with control. The ball should have been delivered when Humphrey cut, not when Humphrey and taken 2 steps toward the backline. Buechele had to see him open to deliver the ball.

You say Beck wasn't creative in his play calling, but he had a game plan that Buechele should have executed better. It was in the kid's wheelhouse, short crossers, screens and quick outs. I wouldn't be surprised to know he was 100% completions on those throws. Given the confines that Maryland stayed in a simple 2 deep the entire game it's not a shock to see it worked so well. You also have to hand it to the WRs who made a lot of people miss in the open field, and for the most part blocked well.

For instance, Maryland, ran 55 plays for 482 yards.

9 plays accounted for 313 yards and directly accounted for 37 of their 51 points. The other 14 were the kick 6 and the final TD when they started the drive at the Texas 24. The Johnson kid also added a 65 yard KR.

The other 46 plays Maryland gained 169 yards or 3.7 yards per play.

Give their kids credit, when Texas made a mental mistake on defense, Maryland punished us for it. For 84% of Maryland's offensive snaps the Texas defense executed at a level conducive to winning.

When Maryland made their mental mistakes on defense, we didn't for the most part.

All this to say, Buechele just didn't execute consistently enough at a high enough level to win this game. He made critical mental mistakes through out the game, and didn't make plays when the opportunity arose. Just like a lot of his teammates. So while your title says QB isn't the problem, the jury is out if he's the solution.

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5 minutes ago, JMagana said:

NL,

So your saying.... He's a true sophomore and is still learning? I agree. Lol

Yes, and Texas needs him to be better or wins are going to be hard to come by. A play here or a play there, and Texas might have won the game. Same goes for anyone else on the offense, but Shane has the most experience of the skill position players.

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It seems the standard for our QB is much higher than the standard for our team. Shane is a good QB but he is not a great QB (yet). He threw one INT on third and long which was essentially a punt to the 50 from the goal line. He missed on some throws but completed 65.4%. He threw for 375 of our 473 total yards and 2 TD's. He rushed for 21 yards on 10 carries (15 carries with the 5 sacks) and 1 TD. Buechele accounted for 84% of our total yards and all of our offensive TD's with a 134.8 RAT. In 2009, the year we lost to Alabama in the National Championship game, Colt McCoy had a completion rate of 70.6%, 27 TD's with 12 INT's and a 147.4 RAT and he ran for 3 scores. That year we averaged 421 yards of Offense and allowed 251 yards a game that's a +169. Against Maryland we had 473 yards on offense and allowed 478 that's a -5. Buechele didn't win the game for us but he kept us in the game. Blame the numb nut that missed a block on our FG attempt that was returned for a TD. If he makes that block we tie 44-44. Talk about not stepping up, your whole job is to get in somebody's way on one play and you don't. That guy lost the game...oh wait. I had to check the replay to make sure it wasn't Buechele. It was 73, Patrick Hudson! I'm going to start a new topic to discuss how Patrick Hudson lost the Maryland game. If we can find a better back up O-Lineman to fill the left guard spot on FG's we will win games. What a relief. We can still give up 263 yards rushing, not establish a running game, have piss poor kick off coverage and kick off return teams, allow 5 sacks a game, let receivers run wild through our secondary, and Beck can run an up tempo goal line offense and throw the ball to our 250 lb RB on 4th down 4 yards from the goal line with 3 defenders around him. We don't have to fix any of that stuff. Just replace Patrick Hudson on the FG unit and our problems are solved.

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3 hours ago, RickyFlair said:

It seems the standard for our QB is much higher than the standard for our team. Shane is a good QB but he is not a great QB (yet). He threw one INT on third and long which was essentially a punt to the 50 from the goal line. He missed on some throws but completed 65.4%. He threw for 375 of our 473 total yards and 2 TD's. He rushed for 21 yards on 10 carries (15 carries with the 5 sacks) and 1 TD. Buechele accounted for 84% of our total yards and all of our offensive TD's with a 134.8 RAT. In 2009, the year we lost to Alabama in the National Championship game, Colt McCoy had a completion rate of 70.6%, 27 TD's with 12 INT's and a 147.4 RAT and he ran for 3 scores. That year we averaged 421 yards of Offense and allowed 251 yards a game that's a +169. Against Maryland we had 473 yards on offense and allowed 478 that's a -5. Buechele didn't win the game for us but he kept us in the game. Blame the numb nut that missed a block on our FG attempt that was returned for a TD. If he makes that block we tie 44-44. Talk about not stepping up, your whole job is to get in somebody's way on one play and you don't. That guy lost the game...oh wait. I had to check the replay to make sure it wasn't Buechele. It was 73, Patrick Hudson! I'm going to start a new topic to discuss how Patrick Hudson lost the Maryland game. If we can find a better back up O-Lineman to fill the left guard spot on FG's we will win games. What a relief. We can still give up 263 yards rushing, not establish a running game, have piss poor kick off coverage and kick off return teams, allow 5 sacks a game, let receivers run wild through our secondary, and Beck can run an up tempo goal line offense and throw the ball to our 250 lb RB on 4th down 4 yards from the goal line with 3 defenders around him. We don't have to fix any of that stuff. Just replace Patrick Hudson on the FG unit and our problems are solved.

The reason Shane has a much higher standard, is he's the most experienced skill position player on the team along with Foreman. He's gotten 13 games as a starter, probably more than every other skill position starter  combined that walked out there for the 1st offensive snap of the season. He's the leader of the offense.

The issue I have is the Texas offense scored 20 points. The defense and STs scored 21. The 2 units everyone blames as being worse than the offense contributed more scoring than the offense. If the Texas offense averages 20 PPG, we may win 1-2 games. Now if the Texas offense had scored all 41 points on Saturday, there is no doubt in my mind Texas wins the game. As it would have meant they would have even had more of a TOP advantage, and wouldn't have gifted Maryland 28 points due to field position and/or return(s).

Charting Shane, passes that traveled

Behind the LOS, 9/9-53-0-0

0-5 yards, 14/19-131-0-0

6-15 yards, 7/12-92-0-0

15+ yards, 4/10-99-2-1

2 throw aways.

Again, looking at his overall stats without context, does not accurately portray his overall affect on the game.

He completed 82% of his passes, as well he should, on balls that didn't go but 5 yards down the field. 184 Total yards

He completed 45% of his passes in the intermediate to deep range. 181 total yards

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2 hours ago, NLeininger said:

The 2 units everyone blames as being worse than the offense contributed more scoring than the offense. If the Texas offense averages 20 PPG, we may win 1-2 games.

Its all relative but seriously when did DEFENSE become the ugly sister no one cares about.  We allowed 51 POINTS and now everyone is pissed at the offense that we didnt win.  

Seriously people I dont get it.  So we are supposed to score 52 and if we dont everyone should lose sleep and worry about our QB and offense.  I feel like im in the twlight zone.

5b27603dea034223519bdf1d54293b99--sell-t

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33 minutes ago, DMAC said:

Its all relative but seriously when did DEFENSE become the ugly sister no one cares about.  We allowed 51 POINTS and now everyone is pissed at the offense that we didnt win.  

Seriously people I dont get it.  So we are supposed to score 52 and if we dont everyone should lose sleep and worry about our QB and offense.  I feel like im in the twlight zone.

5b27603dea034223519bdf1d54293b99--sell-t

It's not that no one "cares" about the defense, or lack thereof.  I'm of the belief that defense wins championships. It's more of the fact that quarterback is the most important position on the field.  And good qb play will keep the offense in front of the chains; not putting the defense in tough situations.  Along with the fact that qb's get most of the credit for wins so they also get most of the blame in loses...

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2 hours ago, Dbut82 said:

It's not that no one "cares" about the defense, or lack thereof.  I'm of the belief that defense wins championships. It's more of the fact that quarterback is the most important position on the field.  And good qb play will keep the offense in front of the chains; not putting the defense in tough situations.  Along with the fact that qb's get most of the credit for wins so they also get most of the blame in loses...

Yea I know but its about the Forrest for the trees thing.  I have always hated the pretty boy teams like Tech.  All offense zero defense.  Lets see who can outscore for the win.  Its garbage video game football.   Yet I see us becoming just that starting last year with giblet.  Go Long...Score...yes we are badass oooops they just scored on our pathetic defense.  Rinse repeat.  I blame Leach for it.  Everyone is envious of the offense but give me a hard nosed, smack the shit of you defense and Im very content.  Old school I guess but thats me.  

Hell even the Strong & Bedford defense with Hicks Brown and others his first year was the best I had seen in years.  If only our offense that year could actually get a first down then maybe our defense would not have gotten winded by the start of the 4th quarter.  

Boo shouldnt get any blame for the loss.  He didnt pull off the VY 4 & 20 run but still he played well considering everything.  Beck said we didnt run the ball because of the score but I call BS 13 of16 plays were passes when the score was tied.  Boo had zero help from the play calling and OLine.

The defense is the goat for giving up 51 points.

Offense is needed but part of the SOFT TEXAS theme is the shitty defense we play.  

Like 6 threads about Shane & Sam and the offense and no talk about LB's or defense is making me take crazy pills.  :angry:

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You do realize the defense gave up 28 points because of the blocked FG and short fields due to poor offensive play?

Not excusing their play, because when it was bad it was really abysmal, but as I pointed out, Maryland ran 9 for 313 yards. Their other 49 plays 169 yards.

So again context counts.

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2 minutes ago, NLeininger said:

You do realize the defense gave up 28 points because of the blocked FG and short fields due to poor offensive play?

Ok I am not sure whether to laugh or cry at this.  So short fields is the reason?  One blocked FG.  You need to reassess my friend.  Maryland ran at will and if you cant see that then i cant help you

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3 minutes ago, DMAC said:

Ok I am not sure whether to laugh or cry at this.  So short fields is the reason?  One blocked FG.  You need to reassess my friend.  Maryland ran at will and if you cant see that then i cant help you

Yes short fields, change in momentum. You do realize the defense also stepped up after a muffed KO inside their 20, stopped Maryland, and we got a blocked FG for a TD as well.

So yes, all 3 phases of team had awful stretches of football that lead to the loss. No one phase clearly outplayed the other. I don't need to reassess a damn thing, cause I see the big picture.

Despite the bad stretches of play it was a 3 point game going into the 4Q, and again both the offense(0 points in the 1st 13 minutes) and defense(giving up the 40 yard pass on 3rd and 18) lead to the loss.

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25 minutes ago, NLeininger said:

I don't need to reassess a damn thing, cause I see the big picture.

Yes you do.  I have Marylands 6.1 yards per rush that says so.  I am not going to say a great offense DOES NOT helps the defense.  Of course it does.  But if this problem was a short field issue due to the offense then Maryland would probably score 90 while staying 300 yards of total offense.  

Dude seriously wake up a little.  So you are saying we lost cause our offense that gained 470 yards AND we should EXPECT to win the other team scores 51 points.   That is nuts.

First column is Maryland and second it Texas

Yards per pass 14.6 7.1

 

Yards per rush 6.1 3.2


 

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It's hilarious you hold the defense accountable for 51 points, even though it was really 44 due to the kick 6. But fail to assign any blame to an offense that for 57 minutes scored 13 points and had 398 yards in a winnable game. During this time, the Texas offense turned the ball over to Maryland twice at midfield, and once on their 24 yard line. Maryland scored 3 TDs on those drives. But hey the offense picked up those final 78 yards and TD when Maryland didn't even give a shit.

The Texas offense finally scored their 1st points of the game with 8 minutes to in the 3Q, after the defense held Maryland to a 3 and out (after Buechele couldn't make a simple progression), and got them the ball back at the Maryland 38 yard line.

The Texas defense spotted the offense 7 points and all the momentum, and then the QB that deserves no blame can't even execute a simple read and throw and takes a 16 yard loss on the 1st offensive play of the game. Leading to an INT on his 1st attempt after he overthrew his WR by 5 yards, giving him no shot at making a play.

I'm sorry it seems too complicated to you that these units don't operate in vacuums.

And no I'm saying Texas lost because neither the offense, defense, special teams, nor coaching did anything at a consistent enough level to win a game.

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12 minutes ago, NLeininger said:

(after Buechele couldn't make a simple progression)

I cant help you other than than to say Read the headline of this thread by Ryan Bridges.  Maybe the light will flicker on for you at some point.  I stopped reading after your lame argument from 51 to 44 points.  Please carry on with your "big picture"

Ill post this again but I halfway expect to say we should have done better offensively than Maryland did in Yards per Play.  Heres a thought maybe keep Maryland under that.  Mind blowing I know but its just a thought

First column is Maryland and second it Texas

Yards per pass 14.6 7.1

 

Yards per rush 6.1 3.2

 

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8 minutes ago, DMAC said:

I cant help you other than than to say Read the headline of this thread by Ryan Bridges.  Maybe the light will flicker on for you at some point.  I stopped reading after your lame argument from 51 to 44 points.  Please carry on with your "big picture"

 

No worries, we see things differently. It's fine. You think an offense that scores 20 points in the Big 12 is a great thing and deserves no blame, or that a QB that is not even on the field when 23 of the team's 41 are scored is a Heisman contender. Can't help you at all when that is your logical thought process.

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