1) Yellow #1: UB ran a fake Jet Sweep, with a pulling guard. Smart Football tells us why this play drives defenses crazy, and shows some examples of RG3 running it successfully. We ran it poorly, the Right Guard Graham Whinery cannot get over to stop the charging defender who hits Zordich and causes the interception.
2) Ok it was a tough assignment for Whinery, so Zordich has 3 options once he knows a LB's helmet is headed for his chest.
2A) Toss to the back, wide open, probably a short gain, but an easy out.
2B) Take off to the right, there is NO one there, he might score.
2C) Toss it in a green area between 4 UConn defenders
Zordich went for 2C, and it is an awful unforgivable play. But I forgive Zordich, his mind made an OK decision, his arm just didn't have enough behind it. Personally, I only ask that my players make the right play mentally, what happens happens sometimes.
I blame Quinn and here's why: If Zordich takes the sack, it brings up 3rd and 17 from the 42. We all know Quinn will run the draw, and we'll be forced to punt from our own 40. Zordich knows this too, so he feels pressured NOT to take the sack to salvage points from this drive.
This is just me extrapolating, but I believe Quinn's Ultra-Conservative view of 3rd and long makes his players MORE likely to take risks on 2nd down, and it leads to plays like this.
The plan: Rush 4, protect against the PA pass. Pull Mack down as a DE on 3rd down, have him attack with an aggressive 4 man pass rush. Drop 7 into zone, force QB to make the perfect pass. Only allowed 3 points, why change right?