shots down the field after running at you. More so than most coaches. That approach gives him, generally, a high success rate. Holtz did that as well.
They also throw a lot of screens, which while technically passes are designed to thwart a passing rush. That also makes the deep pass more effective. Alabama also has their QBs check down and throws designed dump passes off a deep look. I'd be curious to know how many of those 0-4 were check downs vs designed short passes.
Their receivers average 15,16,24, and 13 ypc.
ND's average 13,13,15 and 10 ypc.
That's an extra 4+ yards per receiver.
Overall, they throw less and are simply more effective through the air. YPA shows that clearly.
The title games was 9.4-7.5.
McCarrons deep pass completion rate is very high
They could be incorporating more designed short passes. Regardless, even though I like Kelly, I'm not a fan of the offense as it is and the original statement is still true.
"Saban and Holtz (Holtz when he ran) are run heavy, but when they pass, the passes go for more yards. Kelly treats short passes like runs."