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He was 10/18 for 130 yds with 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 sack. Also caught a TD pass.
We had a lot of discussion about his play last week following the MSU game, so I was just wondering how everyone felt about KF this week. He had an INT that was a bad throw and could have been picked another time (coulda-woulda shoulda---I know).
He had two beautiful touch passes-one on a scamble where he lofted a pass to Lutz over the defenders head and then a deep ball thrown to Coates which allowed Sammy to run under the ball. The pass to Coates was called back and would have been reviewed anyway.
He showed his escapability on a couple of occassions, most notably on the end of half TD pass to Coates.
Overall, I feel like he had a solid game. You can see glimpses of a very high quality QB, throws that looked like some of his HS throws that made him such a highly recruited QB. You also see some mistakes and see him not seeing open guys. I think it is apparent he is best when the field is cut in half for him (on designed rollouts or scrambles to one side or the other) and he can focus on just a portion of the field.
IMO he will be fine. All about his MOJO and having a clear head.
What's your thoughts after this weekend??
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This is a tough topic, because if you're not careful, it can turn into what appears to be "bashing" the kid. I tried a thread about what I thought on Saturday and it got zapped.
I think Kiehl has the physical tools, and he's apparently a smart kid too, but as of right now, in spite of the stats from Saturday, something just isn't clicking. His numbers weren't bad Saturday, but I feel like he left a lot of yards on the field, a lot of unmade, un-attempted plays.
Here is a list of things that I interpret from watching him. (I could be 100% incorrect, it's just my interpretation).
He doesn't seem confident...meaning, he doesn't trust himself.
He doesn't trust what he's seeing.
He doesn't trust himself to make the play.
He's over thinking.
He's second guessing.
Here is what I see his thoughts being as he stands back there..."don't throw it, wait, wait, don't throw it, wait, wait, run".
I think he just doesn't trust himself to make a play right now. I say that because you watch him stand back there, watching the play unfold, watching, watching, and the assumption we, as fans, have is, "oh, I guess everyone is covered, he has nowhere to go with the ball". But replay after replay, you can see receivers getting open. They aren't always standing by themselves waving their arms wide open, but you can see them make a break in their route and create the 1 to 1.5 yards of separation that, in SEC football, constitutes an "open" receiver.
But you only have a split second to see it and make the decision to let it rip and put the ball where the receiver is about to be. I feel like Kiehl doesn't trust himself right now to let it rip and get the ball into those spaces. I feel like he's only looking for Blake or Lutz when they are wide open or when they have 2-3 yards on their man streaking down field.
In contrast, just think how many times we saw the ULM quarterback take the snap, drop, and within 1.5 seconds he was zipping it out to a guy on a slant or crossing route or out route to the sideline. He didn't hesitate. He took the ball, and within a few seconds he saw what was getting open, not what was already open, but what was getting open, and he put the ball out in front of his guy into the open space.
Kiehl just doesn't seem comfortable doing that right now (the majority of the time). He seems to hold it, hold it, hold it, waiting for the sure thing to present itself.
Again, these are just my interpretations of what seems to be going on. I believe he's talented enough to make the throws and smart enough to make the reads. I just don't know if HE believes it right now. If he gets to where he trusts himself to be a playmaker.....we'd have a big time quarterback on our hands and the offense would take off.
This post was edited by jadennis 22 months ago
The play that encouraged me the most was the check down to Mason. I get the impression that for Kiehl right now, it's like solving a puzzle. He knows there's an answer but sometimes, he runs out of time before he finds it. I think he's a talented athlete and a smart kid... the answers will come soon.. but only with experience.
The pick was a bad choice. But that's damn easy for me to say sitting in my den. He had a better choice and if he can avoid watching the rush and if he can avoid focusing on a single receiver but rather take in the whole field and find where the weakness is, he'll start making the better choices.
In fairness to him, these are reads that he's never made before this year. Nobody can be surprised that he's having to adjust. As a positive, I saw him just rip it in a few times and velocity and arm strength will NOT be an issue for him. Bruised sternums on receivers, possibly, but not lack of 'ummph'.
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I agree, he is not seeing the field. He has the tools. He just has not shown the mental side yet. That said we need to do a better job with play calling. We need to though some to the backs in the flats, some slants and curls, and a few quick outs on a 3 step drop. We need to shorten the time to a decision for him with some run pass options to limit the number
of reads for him. Coaches must also get him to stop dialing in on Blake and Lutz. Short quick easy throws on first down. On 3rd we should roll him out with a run pass option. What about the boot off the stretch play. The qb play has not been good but the play calling has been bad. If we protect the ball and keep the defense from playing over 100 snaps we would be 2 and 1 or 3 and 0 today
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I thought there was some improvement in his overall game but then again I had to remind myself that it was only lamo. This weekend against lsu will be a very good indicator as to whether he's improved slightly, if, at all. With that being said I'm holding off to watch how he performs this weekend. If Kiehl can be efficient with his short to intermediate passing game and we can get the ground game going I believe that will go a long way in helping him develop some confidence. I think a win is pretty far fetched at this point and we'll need the defense to play the game of their lives just to keep it close but, if we can keep the score within 7-10 pts I'll be very pleased as to the direction of this team.
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