Good catch. He's reading the outside linebacker because IU is running a front side scrape exchange to try and defend the play. The DE and OLB trade responsibilities to try and confuse the read.
As I wrote about a couple weeks ago, playing press man coverage does take away some of the effectiveness of packaged plays, because a man defender should execute his man responsibilities no matter what the offense does. But that obviously opens up other opportunities -- you should have better numbers in the box to run against, and you can attack downfield. So the package play also becomes less necessary.
I completely agree with re the Sam being pretty equivalent to the Star in previous years.
I think Mike and Will are somewhat interchangeable, though the Will will likely have more man coverage responsibilities.
Good catch. I agree with you on that, which is another similarity to MSU's schemes.
Good questions and JKH1232 is absolutely correct on both rules.
The reality is that offenses are currently abusing the rule but refs are not calling it. As this becomes more popular it will be interesting if they crack down upon abusing the 3 yard rule. IMO it is currently an unfair advantage to the offense.
That goes to the point in the article. What is happening is that OSU is lining up in the Over to the field. So the Will, Darron Lee, is going with the 3 and 6 tech to the field. The Sam, Perry, is going with the 1 and 5 to the boundary.
Good question. With cover 4, generally the front side safety has force support. The linebackers lever and spill and the backside safety plays the backside cutback.
Good question and remains to be seen. I personally think we will become more of an over team, but we're all guessing until we see what happens this Spring.