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Ross Fulton

11W Staff

Columbus, OH

Member since 15 February 2011 | Blog

Ross is a senior editor at Eleven Warriors where he focuses on football strategy and X's and O's. His work has also been featured on and When not focused on zone blocking, Ross practices law in Columbus, Ohio, where he was born and raised.

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Comment 01 Apr 2014

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. 

Comment 12 Mar 2014

I agree it is certainly more complicated then the general overview of cover 4 (and I will get into more of the nuances next week).


BUT, I still have trouble buying the "scheme was too complicated last year" line.  What I saw on the field was not a complicated scheme.  As I said, I think a lot of the short circuit was in a) knowing what they wanted to be scheme wise and b) properly implementing that scheme.


Comment 11 Mar 2014

I agree there was a disconnect in philosophy, but I think some of that disconnect existed between Fickell and Withers also.  Look at Withers' comments after he took the James Madison job.  Plus, as I said, he was a cover 4 guy.  But I'm not sure Fickell was ever comfortable with it.  But that doesn't absolve Withers of his tenure, as the defensive back technique was spotty at best.

Comment 11 Mar 2014

I guess the question is was it the players, or the implementation from the coaching staff?  I actually think the limitations at linebacker and nickel were more of a problem, but I certainly think there were some short circuits in the teaching and play calling.

Comment 07 Jan 2014

On youtube, someone posted a cut-up that has all the plays from the Orange Bowl with everything else removed.  Check those out and you will see plenty of flash screens (and every other manner of horizontal edge play).

Comment 07 Jan 2014

We know that, no matter what, the D coaching staff will not be the same next year.  Meyer's hire to replace Withers will tell us a lot about the direction he wants to go.