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Mean Mr Mustard


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Comment 28 Jul 2015

I can understand why someone would listen to Paul Johnson's comments before the playoffs.  Now he is saying that the teams that finished 2, 3, and 4th in the playoffs deserved to be there, but the team that finished 1st did not. 

Comment 27 Jul 2015

Both Philly Brown and Jalin Marshall spent time at H and Z.  What you are talking about is possible.  Corey Smith played at least a few plays at the H last season, so he could rotate.

Here is another idea w/ a 4-Wide set

Z-Marshall

H-Miller

Slot-Samuel

Y-Thomas

Run a jet sweep with Miller.  Swap the slot and the H roles and have Samuel run a jet sweep to the other side

Comment 27 Jul 2015

Here we go.  Oregon has used dual H's in the past.  I don't see us using this too much, however. 

http://fishduck.com/2011/07/the-fish-report-oregons-new-dual-h-back-formation-plays/

Comment 27 Jul 2015

The coaches have always went 4 or 5 wide a small percentage of the time and they might use those formations a few more times a game this year, since they have all that talent, but I don't see them changing too much.

I know there are plays in the playbook where you can use two pivots, but I haven't seen them.

Comment 25 Jul 2015

Anyone think that one of the reasons Marshall was playing outside more in the spring was b/c Braxton might move to the H-WR.  I know Zach Smith said it was b/c he wanted JM to face more press coverage-- I am sure there is some truth to that-- but he will probably spend more time out there during the season. 

Comment 18 Jul 2015
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Comment 18 Jul 2015
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Comment 17 Jul 2015

One thing that could be interesting is, if you are going to have a 10-20 play package for Miller or Jones, that you could have Miller come in if the defense is slow or Jones come in if the defense lacks size. 

Comment 16 Jul 2015

More Saban hypocrisy

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/plaxico-burress-found-saban-s-draft-grade-comments-inauthentic-223940810.html

Comment 16 Jul 2015

One thing I see in sports all of the time is that people think, since they are successful, others should be "scared" of them.  Maybe I am not that great at articulating it, but you should never expect your opponents to be scared of you, because you lose your edge.

Comment 14 Jul 2015

But the defense is primarily about confusing the blockers and setting up situations where blockers get very little help.  Corners that can cover man is secondary--if the 85 Bears had two average-to-above average players on their defense, it would have been the corners.  Va Tech got 2-3 sacks where nobody got a hat on the guy (confusion).  Billy Price was beat on the inside for a sack.  Against a regular 4-3, he might have got some help from the center.

Jimmies and Joes on the line are the most important thing.  Hampton, McMichael, and Dent were double teamed less in a 46 which increase their probability to make plays

Here is an article about Oregon and the 46 written before the Va Tech game.  Oregon was using the 46 against a spread option QB in Colin Klein

http://www.footballstudyhall.com/2013/7/24/4545768/oregon-ducks-46-defense-nick-aliotti

Comment 13 Jul 2015

Yeah, mostly legal maneuvering, but he has blown through some serious cash.

Comment 10 Jul 2015

RIP.  He was a little bit before my time--vaguely remember him on the Saints--but I watched him a lot on NFL Films.  One of the best players not in the Hall of Fame.

http://www.sbnation.com/2015/7/10/8927133/ken-stabler-tribute-oakland-raiders-alabama

Comment 08 Jul 2015

It definitely becomes more about the Jimmies and Joes.  Very few teams have the audacity to run a 46 defense.  If a team lines up in a 46, they are saying your receivers cannot beat our corners in single coverage and your offensive line cannot block our guys at all.

Comment 08 Jul 2015

I did not say anything about comparing talent.  X's and O's wise the O-Line started to at least get a hat on a hat.  The Bear front confuses the O-Line more than anyone.  The inexperienced O-Line and QB had a lot of problems w/ their blocking assignments

If Bama or ORE played the 46, Jones would have completed more deep passes.  Really, do you think those teams wanted more single coverage and less safety help??

The "Have Dan Marino and Marks Brothers" strategy to beat the Bear front

  1.  Get a hat on a hat in pass protection
  2.  Have the WRs run quick developing routes.
  3.  The QB needs to release the ball quickly.

I guess all of the defensive coordinators in the NFL, after Buddy Ryan, were dummies too.  The 46 defense works when you have 8-11 pro bowlers on your defense

Comment 08 Jul 2015

It's a good write up, but I did not like the "Defenses Allowed Ohio State to Play to Their Strengths" part that much.  The writer acts like the coaches at Mich St and Bama were just a bunch of dummies b/c they did not employ the same Bear 46 tactics as Va Tech.  Ohio St faced that Bear front for at least the next 3-4 games after Va Tech.  It came to the point where Meyer said he was looking forward to a Bear front. 

I still think, however, that Va Tech employing the 46 last year was a very clever move.  The two main run plays in our offense--Power Read and Inside Zone- really hit the A and B gap or take it outside.  The 46 does a good job at clogging up the A and B gaps, but it is really vulnerable in the C gap.  One of the things that I saw, against the 46 after the Va Tech game, was just Elliot looking for a hole in the C gap.  The 46 was a good idea last year in week two but not now 

Comment 06 Jul 2015

How bad is Hale's injury?  I did not know about this. 

I think that Washington would be the 3rd option at 1-tech, but it is not ideal.  Hill would probably take over at DT.

If we get another DE like Hubbard step up, Bosa could play inside more on passing downs