Archive for Analysis

The Big Game Report Card

Quarterback: D. Typical Nate. Strong promising start, even a deep ball or two. He even had a great play-action throw to Jordan. But his second half was hideous, 9-30 with two picks, and he looked more and more gimpy as the weeks went on. There was an inordinate amount of pressure put on him too; […]

Posted by: Avinash on Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

Report Card, Cal-UW

Quarterback: B. After the horrors of last week, Nate turned in his most solid performance since Oregon on Saturday, seemingly putting to rest any speculation on whether that ankle was fully healed. Although Washington is not USC, 20-28 for 3 scores and 1 INT against any defense is supremely efficient. He did throw the pick […]

Posted by: Avinash on Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Tears Fall From the Heavens–Report Card, Cal-USC

Quarterback: F. If the weather had been a little less wet, Longshore would have thrown four picks in this game. If Lavelle doesn’t rein in that overthrow, Nate doesn’t have a TD pass either. Pretty much a mess, and Nate’s close to Section Eight at this point. The Steve McNair-Brian Billick parallels are uncanny. Although […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, November 12th, 2007

Breaking Down the Playcalling, Part I

Sometimes you can just look at the calls. I’m going to go more in depth into this when the season is over, but for now let’s focus on the simple details of playcalling. In general, to be good at anything, you strive for balance. Balance between how much you work and play, balance between the […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Deflecting Away Defeat–Cal-Wazzu Report Card

As usual, butchering Tightwad’s style of analysis. Forgive me. Quarterback: C+. Watching Longshore in person for the first time…I feel pretty bad for him, especially getting those scattered boos. That ankle might be closer to healed than it’s ever been, but right now he’s not throwing the deep ball with much confidence. That pick was […]

Posted by: Avinash on Sunday, November 4th, 2007