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One Hundred Forty-Six Views of Mount Joeckel

Scott Halleran

This post is not a story or an opinion piece. It is a descriptive list of every play that Luke Joeckel ran against Florida and LSU in 2012. Therefore, proceed at your own risk (of becoming temporarily cross eyed - I speak from experience here).

This post is made possible by the outstanding iso videos that are now on Youtube for many of the top draft prospects. These things really are an interested fan's best friend. The videos that I used are:

"Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel vs Florida D 2012," http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvNBXbt-KaI

"Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews vs LSU D 2012," http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ1yhM74tk0

In my notes, I reference opposing player numbers instead of names. I suggest using both ESPN and cfbstats.com to cross-reference those numbers. It looks to me like cfbstats.com is more accurate, but ESPN is more sortable. Here are some handy links:

ESPN Florida Roster, cfbstats Florida Roster

ESPN LSU Roster, cfbstats LSU Roster

Unfortunately, I couldn't make out the player numbers on some of the replays. Maybe a reader who is more familiar with Florida and LSU, or who has better eyes, can help fill in those gaps.

My goal with this post is to encourage everyone to create their own unique opinion about Luke Joeckel and his potential impact on our team, so that we don't have to depend on the talking heads for our football knowledge. I love debating football on AP, but I don't like debating against Mel Kiper in absentia. So, I put this list together in order to hopefully make it easier for a regular fan with a day job to review Joeckel's play in bite-sized chunks.

To that end, I refrained as much as possible from inserting qualitative analysis into my notes. Obviously, any description of a football player's movements is almost entirely and necessarily composed of opinion. But I did try not to use descriptors such as "good" or "bad" unless it was very, very obvious. Instead, I highlighted the plays that I thought were the most interesting. My hope is that people will look at those plays, as well as the non-highlighted plays, and come to their own conclusions about whether they were good or bad.

Also, my "interesting" plays are highly subjective. So I encourage you to watch the 10 - 12 minute videos and pick out your own interesting plays.

More notes about the notes: For every play that I watched, I note down the basic offensive formation. If you look carefully, you'll see that last sentence is a bald faced lie, because I actually do not note down the basic offensive formation in this post. That's because Texas A&M ran the shotgun. Every. Freaking. Time. Well, not quite, but almost. So the one or two times they ran something other than shotgun, I note that.

I also note down the Youtube clock time at which the ball was snapped, and the time at which the ball left the pocket via pass or scramble or sack. These times are far from perfect metrics, because Youtube doesn't denote tenths of a second, and I have too much self-respect to sit in front of Youtube with a stopwatch. So, if the times are, say, 2:30 to 2:32, then that could mean the pocket lasted anywhere from 1.1 seconds to 2.9 seconds. Obviously not ideal, but I do think that it helps eliminate the non-helpful pseudo-analyses such as, "He had time to knit a sweater back there," or "the rush got to him before the ball did." It also gives you, dear reader, a handy reference to find a particular play.

After the times, I will note the basic play that the offense ran. And then I will describe what Joeckel did during that play.

You will notice an almost total lack of technical terms in my descriptions of formations, plays, and player actions. There are two reasons for that. The first reason is that I'm not qualified to use technical football terms. And the second reason is that I wanted to keep it simple. I really only care about two things regarding Joeckel's play - whether he got the job done, and whether he physically struggled in getting the job done. If he gets run over, or if he effortlessly blocks the best rusher in the nation. I couldn't give less of a crap about how many inches apart his hands are while he's accomplishing those tasks. Hand placement and footwork and knee bend are things that Joeckel himself should worry about, or a coach who is trying to improve Joeckel's game. All I care about is whether or not he can keep the defense off Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles.

And with that, let's dive in:

LUKE JOECKEL VS FLORIDA

00:11 - 00:12 / quick out / cut block on 73

00:17 - 00:19 / QB draw / directs 73 around pocket with punch

00:35 - 00:37 / short pass left / screens out 34

00:42 - / handoff, sweep left / effectively screens 34 out of running lane

00:48 - 00:50 / short pass left / bull rush from 34, gets rocked back but "sprawls" and stays 1-2 steps away from QB

00:57 - / handoff, sweep left / fires out in run block, not a pancake but good "tricky" move to get 34 on the ground

1:05 - / QB draw / lines up at right TE, slants inside, screens #1 out of running lane

unbalanced formation right / 1:12 - 1:14 / bootleg left, pass short left / lines up at right TE, minimal involvement in play but screens off backside pursuit

1:28 - 1:29 / quick pass right / slants inside to double team DT

1:35 - 1:38 / double handoff fake (in 3 seconds !), screen right / Joeckel doesn't really block, but does a very good job staying in front of two defenders who were confused by the fakes

1:52 - 1:54 / pass medium left / not covered by a Dlinemen, doubles the DT then moves to block a linebacker, minimal involvement in play

2:06 - 2:07 / pass medium right / not covered, no one to block

2:28 - 2:30 / Manziel scrambles right due to middle pressure / Joeckel faced with stand-up rusher and two B-gap blitzers, picks up rusher and leaves blitzers to RB and QB, effectively screens rusher out of play

2:36 - / handoff, run right / Joeckel get to second level and screens out a LB, RB uses the gap created

2:42 - 2:44 / QB scrambles due to pressure from right side (ELAM!) / Joeckel locks up with 6

2:49 - 2:51 / QB draw / tries to screen 6, gets overpowered by good hands from 6, but QB is gone quickly

3:06 - 3:07 / pass short right / engages 6 for a half second

3:14 - 3:15 / pass short right / receives straight rush from 73

3:22 - 3:23 / pass medium left / directs 6 into guard

3:29 - / handoff, run right / gets to second level and picks up 9, minimal involvement as play went the other way

3:36 - 3:39 / Manziel pump fakes, rolls right after three seconds, Herbstreit exclaims "Look at the time he's got!" (three whole seconds, Herbie). Eventually throws down the right sideline / Joeckel not covered, had no one to block

3:57 - / handoff, run right / cut block on 73 at LoS

4:14 - / handoff, run left / Joeckel rides DE out of play

4:21 - / QB draw / Joeckel gets in Elam's way, takes a cheap shot at Elam at the end of the play, Elam takes a cheaper shot at Joeckel after the play (adv. - Elam)

4:30 - / QB option right / Joeckel lines up at right TE, runs to second level to block 9, 9 makes the tackle at the first down marker

4:44 - / QB draw / gets in the way of 34 on backside of play, minimal impact

5:00 - 5:02 / screen pass / blocks blitzer 11 to the ground

5:23 - / handoff, run right / flows down line to block 4, gets pushed back, 4 makes the tackle

5:28 - / end around halfback pass (!) / shoves Elam off his path (Elam was chasing the end around)

5:46 - / handoff, middle run / cut block on 4

5:53 - / handoff, run left / screens blitzer 14 out of play

6:01 - / handoff, run left / pushes 14 out of play

6:11 - 6:13 / pass short right / blocks blitzer 34, 34 gets flagged for VERY late hit on Manziel

6:26 - / wildcat run up the middle / lines up at right TE, gets to second level but doesn't make a block

6:31 - 6:33 / pass to left flat / tries to cut 34, half successful

6:51 - / handoff, run right / gets to second level, screens 1 out of play

6:59 - / QB draw / shields 34 on backside of play

7:14 - 7:16 / pass short left / blocks straight rush from 34

7:20 - / playfake, immediate pressure from right side / carries out run action fake, gets to second level and feints block at 1

7:30 - 7:33 / receivers initially covered, QB scrambles (and completes Heisman type pass) / blocks 73, 73 initially stopped but then gets off block with power hand work and flushes the QB

7:50 - 7:52 / QB sacked by middle blitz / comes off fake rush by DE and screens blitzer 1 around pocket

8:05 - 8:07 / pass deep right (almost a great catch) / absorbs bull rush by 4

8:32 - 8:34 / QB rolls left, throws to left sideline / absorbs bull rush by 6

8:40 - / handoff, middle run / cut blocks 73

8:47 - / handoff, run left / tries to wall off 6, 6 defeats the block

8:54 - 8:57 / receivers covered, QB scrambles right / screens 11 away from pocket

missed start of play due to irritating network editing

missed start of SECOND DAMN PLAY IN A ROW because of network editing; Joeckel gets decent second level block on 12

9:20 - 9:23 / receivers covered, QB scrambles right / absorbs bull rush from 91

9:31 - 9:33 / pass medium right / locks up with 6

9:42 - 9:44 / pass short left / briefly locks up with 6

9:59 - 10:02 / quick pass covered, QB scrambles right / 34 beats Joeckel to the inside with a straight pop, sacks the QB

10:17 - / QB draw / directs blitzer 11 outside

10:28 - 10:29 / pass short right / gets beat to the inside again, by 11 this time, but ball is gone quickly

10:37 - 10:39 / pass medium right / stops inside rush by 11

10:45 - / QB draw / misses run block on 73, minimal impact on play

10:54 - 10:55 / pass to left flat / punches at 34, minimal impact on play

11:01 - 11:04 / receivers covered, QB scrambles middle / pushes 34 around pocket but loses contact, 34 flushes the QB

11:17 - / handoff, run to left that gets cut back / fires out and pushes 6 downfield

11:26 - / QB draw / shields 6 away from play

11:33 - 11:35 / screen covered, QB scrambles / briefly locks up with 6, moves out for screen that got sniffed out

11:50 - 11:52 / pass short right / locks up with 6

12:00 - / handoff, middle run / tries to run block 34 but fires out too far

12:05 - 12:07 / pressure, QB scrambles / 34 beats Joeckel to the outside, flushes the QB

12:17 - 12:21 / receivers covered, late pressure / 34 rocks Joeckel back, Joeckel recovers nicely and stops 34 for a couple of seconds, 34 then rips free and pressures the QB

Doing OK? Eyes uncrossed? All right then, moving on.

LUKE JOECKEL VS LSU

00:01 - 00:03 / pass to right flat / cut block on 99 on back side of play

00:10 - / QB draw / turns 99 out

00:15 - 00:17 / pass short right / locks up with 99

00:22 - 00:24 / pass deep left / locks up with 99

00:29 - / handoff, draw / locks up with 99 in fake pass block

00:37 - / handoff, run right / fires out, puts 18 on the ground

00:44 - 00:45 / pass short left / gets bull rushed to the ground, but QB gets rid of ball

00:50 - 00:54 / receivers covered, QB scrambles / blocks 99 initially, then gets beat to the inside late, 99 flushes QB

1:00 - 1:01 / QB option right / tries to cut the DT, misses, might have been called illegal chop block in the NFL because the DT was already being blocked

1:06 - / handoff, run left / walls off 89

1:13 - / handoff run left / walls off defender

1:17 - 1:19 / pass short middle / locks up with 99

1:22 - / roll out right / double teams DT, minimal impact on play

1:28 - 1:30 / pass medium right / absorbs bull rush from 99

1:33 - / handoff, run middle / walls off defender

1:38 - / fake handoff, QB run / turns 99 out

1:45 - / roll to right, throwback screeen to left / carries out nice fake to inside before running out to block for screen, is flagged for illegal chop block on 1

2:09 - 2:12 / pump fake left, scramble right / locks up with 89

2:20 - 2:22 / play action, pass medium right / plays cat and mouse with 89, minimal impact on play

2:26 - 2:28 / fake handoff, pass short right / locks up with 95

2:30 - 2:33 / scrambles due to middle pressure / uncovered, double teams 18

2:51 - 2:54 / screen right / blocks 18

2:58 - 2:59 / pass short left / blocks 99, but 99 knocks down the pass

3:04 - 3:06 / pass short middle / initially blocks 99, then does a nice redirect to shove outside blitzer around pocket

3:10 - 3:11 / pass medium left / locks up with DE

3:16 - 3:17 / pass short right / slows DE long enough for pass to be thrown

3:21 - 3:24 / offsides Mingo, pass deep right / locks up with DE

3:29 - / handoff, middle run / runs out to second level, gets lost and falls over

3:35 - / QB draw / fires out, shields 99 out of play

3:43 - 3:46 / pass deep left / initially confused between two rushers, but does a decent job picking up inside rusher (99) with one arm just long enough for pass to get away

3:50 - 3:53 / pressure from right side, scrambles left / walls off 99 and does a nice job coming off to get in the way of 18 on a stunt just long enough for Manziel to escape the pocket

4:02 - 4:04 / delayed QB draw / absorbs bull rush from 99

4:09 - 4:12 / strange looking play, throwaway / fires out and blocks DE at LoS

4:17 - 4:20 / receivers covered, QB scrambles left / releases Mingo to inside and picks up 57 on stunt

4:28 - / handoff, run right / fires toward middle, walls off 57

4:36 - 4:38 / quick pass covered, QB scrambles in circles / releases Mingo to inside, redirects blitzer 34 around pocket

4:49 - / handoff, middle run / walls 99 out of play

4:55 - 4:57 / pass short middle / briefly locks up with 59

5:02 - / QB draw / walls 59 out of play

5:06 - / handoff, middle run / faced with three rushers, elects to wall off outside blitzer 34

5:12 - 5:14 / pass medium left / picks up 59 initially, then redirects to block outside blitz from 34

5:22 - / handoff, middle run / walls 99 off from the play

5:26 - 5:29 / pass deep left / locks up with 99

5:35 - 5:40 / great pocket, pass deep middle / locks up with 99, doesn't let him rip off

5:43 - 5:45 / pass short right / directs blitzter 34 around pocket

5:50 - 5:52 / pass medium right / locks up with 99

5:59 - 6:03 / receivers covered, QB scrambles / stymies 99 initially, but 99 gets off block when QB scrambles to the left

6:10 - / handoff, run left / fires out to block 99, commits holding penalty

6:18 - 6:20 / screen left / locks up with 99

6:26 - 6:29 / receivers covered, QB scrambles right / walls blitzer 34 out of pocket

6:47 - 6:50 / receivers covered, pressure from right, QB scrambles / locks up with 99

7:02 - / handoff, middle run / initially blocks 99, then walls off blitzer 34

7:07 - / handoff, middle run / fires out, walls off Dlineman

7:15 - / handoff, middle run / meets 89 at LoS

7:24 - 7:26 / fake handoff, pass short middle / redirects outside blitz around pocket

7:32 - 7:33 / pass short middle / locks up with outside rusher

7:38 - / handoff, run left / gets to second level, shields 45 away from play

7:44 - / handoff, middle run / pushes 59 downfield

7:54 - 7:56 / pass deep right / absorbs bull rush from 99

8:01 - 8:03 / pass short right / redirects to push blitzer 28 around pocket

8:08 - / QB run left / gets to second level, no one to block

8:13 - 8:15 / immediate pressure from left, pass short right / blocks 59 to inside, allows outside blitzer 34 to pressure QB

8:21 - / QB draw / locks up with 99 in fake pass block

8:32 - 8:33 / immediate pressure from middle-right, QB scrambles / faced with multiple rushers, blocks 57 but has minimal impact on play due to QB scramble

8:40 - 8:42 / pass medium left / briefly locks up with 99

8:46 - 8:48 / QB rolls right / blocks outside blitzer 34

8:53 - 8:55 / pass deep right / directs blitzer 28 around pocket

8:58 - 9:01 / pass deep right / takes pop from 99, then redirects outside to pick up stunt from 18

9:05 - 9:07 / pass short right / biiefly locks up with 99

9:14 - 9:17 / QB pressured from right side / locks up with 99

9:24 - 9:27 / pass short left / locks up with 99, shoves him to prevent bat-down attempt

9:30 - / handoff, middle run / walls 99 out of running lane

9:36 - 9:38 / pass deep left / blocks 57

9:44 - 9:49 / receivers covered, QB scrambles / locks up with 99

9:56 - 10:02 / screen sniffed out, QB holds ball and then scrambles and throws deep left / patty-cakes with 99

10:08 - 10:10 / pass medium left / absorbs bull rush from 99

10:14 - 10:16 - pass medium right / blocks straight rush from 57

10:20 - 10:22 / pass deep left / blocks 49 just long enough

10:26 - / handoff, middle run / fires out, pushes 34 out of play

10:33 - 10:36 / receivers covered, QB scrambles left / locks up with 99, but gets pushed back far enough to flush the QB

10:43 - 10:47 / receivers covered, QB scrambles / locks up with 99

BONUS CONTENT BONUS CONTENT BONUS CONTENT BONUS CONTENT BONUS

FORTY-TWO FACES OF FISHER

Because if you made it this far, then you deserve to read more list.

"Eric Fisher vs Michigan State 2012," http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2RsXH4ln4E

ESPN MSU Roster, cfbstats MSU Roster

A couple of notes before the notes: More formation variety with CMU, but less action from the QB. Also, while Fisher often lined up inside a TE, I don't believe that the TE and Fisher ever helped each other with a double team. However, often the TE would take the outside rusher on passing downs while Fisher blocked inside, which means that I didn't get to see Fisher against very many speed rushes.

TE left / 00:03 - / run middle / fires out, locks up with 60, allows guard path to second level

Shotgun / 00:11 - 00:13 / pass short right / locks up with DE

Shotgun / 00:19 - 00:21 / pass short right / misses cut block on outside rusher (2?)

2TE / 00:26 - / run middle / puts 98 on he ground

Shotgun, TE left / 00:39 - 00:41 / pass medium right / walls 2 out of pocket

TE left / 00:47 - 00:50 / play action pass deep left / helps with initial bull rush from DT (65 or 60?), then passes him to TE and stays in middle blocking zone

Shotgun / 00:57 - 00:59 / weak play action, pass medium left / locks up with DE 44, walls him out of pocket

TE right / 1:11 - / run left / fires out, pushes LB 28 out of play

Single back / 1:19 - 1:21 / pass short left / turns out at snap, directs rush LB around pocket

Trips left / 1:27 - / toss sweep left / disappointing, didn't get to block anybody as back was cut down by corner blitz

Shotgun / 1:35 - 1:38 / pas medium right / directed 28 around pocket, nearly too slow, resorted to pull-down at the end

TE left / 1:51 - 1:53 / pass short left / cut block on 44 to get his hands down and clear passing lane

2TE / 1:57 - 2:01 / pass short right / blocks 98 inside initially, 98 spins off but Fisher recovers and pushes him into edge rusher

Shotgun / 2:16 - 2:19 / pass medium left / blocks 2 inside initially, comes off to block 60 on a stunt

TE left / 2:26 - / handoff, run left / jumps around TE, pushes 28 inside and out of play

TE right / 2:46 - / handoff, run left / locks up with 28, standard wall-off at first but then shoves 28 downfield and into the eventual tackler

2TE / 2:56 - 2:57 / pass short left / misses cut block on 2

Shotgun / 3:01 - 3:03 / pass short right / directs 2 around pocket

Shotgun / 3:10 - 3:12 / pass short middle / absorbs inside bull rush from 44

Shotgun / 3:17 - 3:20 / pump fake, pass medium left / shields 44 out of pocket, cheapshot finish by pushing 44 over the pile

TE right / 3:42 - / handoff, run middle / fires out left, shoves 28 out of running lane

TE left / 3:49 - / handoff, run middle / double teams DT with guard

TE left / 3:56 - 3:59 / throwaway, QB pressured from right side / shields 2 out of pocket

Shotgun 4:06 - 4:08 / pass deep middle / shields 44 out of pocket

TE left / 4:13 - 4:15 / pass short middle / absorbs short rush from 42

Shotgun / 4:22 - 4:24 / QB gets pressure from both sides, hurried throw / blocks 2 inside, doesn't appear to be responsible for outside blitzer

TE left / 4:28 - / handoff, middle run / angles 44 to the inside and out of running lane

Shotgun / 4:38 - 4:41 / pass medium left / blocks 2 inside

TE right / 4:47 - / handoff, middle run / pushes 44 to outside of running lane

TE left / 4:54 - 4:56 / pass medium right / helps with 2 on inside rush

Shotgun / 5:10 - 5:12 / pass deep middle / helps eith 98 on quick stunt

TE right / 5:18 - 5:21 / pass medium left / walls 44 out of pocket

TE right / 5:36 - / handoff, middle run / jumps to second level, picks up 40, minimal impact on play

Shotgun / 5:42 - 5:45 / pass medium left / walls 91 out of pocket

3-back set / 5:49 - 5:52 / sacked by middle pressure / directs 28 around pocket

TE right / 5:57 - / handoff, middle run / walls 2 off from running lane

TE right / 6:07 - / QB run, maybe busted play / locks up with 98 at LoS

Pro Set / 6:14 - / handoff, middle run / locks up and then buries 44 inside, but helps create the pile

TE right / 6:20 - / handoff, middle run / engages 99 and turns him out of play

TE left / 6:27 - / handoff, middle run / pushes 93 away from LoS but into running lane

TE left / 6:34 - 6:37 / pump fake, pass deflected / absorbs outside rush from DE

Shotgun / 6:42 - 6:44 / pass short left / blocks 89 out of pocket

So, that's it. Thank God.

I'll be happy to answer any questions about why I described something the way I did, or about what I was looking at, or if anybody needs some explanation about the notes. What I'm going to try really, really hard not to do, is get into a discussion about how good I think these guys are. I've done way more than enough of that on other threads, and I'm sure I'll do it again in the future. But on this post, I don't want to steer any opinions. Ideally, this post will generate more individual opinions than the total number of people who actually read it. And if that really happens, then I'll have single-handedly put Mel Kiper out of a job. Because a guy's gotta have dreams.

GO CHIEFS!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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