Very sore subject here I know, but I'd like to see other fans opinion on defending the Hail Mary. I know what I am asking would not have helped in the game Vs. OSU, but it may have been effective Vs MSU.
By rushing just 3 lineman, and dropping 8 guys to near the endzone, you are giving the opposing QB time to throw without anyone in his face. Further, you are giving the opposing wideouts time to run to the endzone. Given that even the fastest guys run only 4.3 in the 40 yard dash it is going to take at least that long to even reach the endzone. Further still, with so many bodies near the endzone, the chance is greater that the ball pinballs off of someone and ends up in the wrong hands.
Why not rush at least 4, and possibly even 5 guys, and at least contest the receivers (if not play outright press coverage)? You would still have at minimum 6 and maybe 7 guys to cover their 5 receivers. One of the guys you rush should at least get some pressure on the QB before the wideouts can even get to the endzone.
I'm not a football expert by any means. I would just like to see others opinion on defending the Hail Mary in such manner. Thanks