As someone mentioned above, we saw this scenario play out against Minnesota and Indiana. OSU had some breakdowns up front, which allowed those offenses to gain yards rushing. But they stuck with playing their base defense. I think part of that can be attributed to "you have to walk before you can run" and last season was certainly a learning curve on getting the nuances of Ash's system down. But I also think it does put pressure on the DL to maintain gap responsibilities and the LBers to correctly diagnose the play and leverage the football.
They will play cover 4 -- but with special calls to account for trips. I will detail those calls in my next column.
The call side is the side where the "over" goes. In other words, the 3-technique is going to the call side. The 1-tech away from the call side.
Last year OSU did it both ways. They started out guys playing one side and sliding in and out. But about halfway through the year they decided that Bennett was being wasted sliding down to NG. So they kept him at the 3 technique all the time. But they kept Bosa on the offense's right side at all times.
OSU was primarily an 'under' defense for a long time under Heacock and Fickell. Once Ash came he installed the 4-3 over.
SAM or walkout linebacker its the same position -- the field linebacker.
Same thing re Strong and Free safety. As I state in the article, one plays to the field and one plays to the boundary. Whether you call them strong or free or boundary or field, in practice its the same.
I mentioned him. Specifically that moving Marshall some outside provides reps for Wilson and Samuel at H. Realistically, there are only enough reps for 2 guys there. But if Marshall is playing some outside and Samuel is playing some at RB, then you can get meaningful snaps for all 3.
Very astute observation.
Well I do have to say that "Dave" is the same play as power, which is a Meyer staple.
Power is pretty much a staple of every modern offense in football.
The problem with Dave was never the play itself -- its that they ran it too often even when opponents knew it was coming.
Personally think its premature to engage in a take down when we don't know all the facts. People are swearing up and down it all went down yesterday. If so its pretty unfair to assume the worst of Meyer & Drayton. If Drayton knew for weeks then its fine to say it is questionable (though it happens at a half a dozen schools every year). But far better to state we don't know all the facts and include that all important "IF"
On offense, I didn't really see a lot of adjustments from Oregon. Perhaps a bit more designed runs from Mariota but they basically tried to execute their offense.
On D they changed their coverages, playing a lot more cover 3 and QQH in an attempt to get additional secondary support against the run while still protecting themselves deep.
Most defenses today have to have some type of answer to spread personnel. Teams like TCU use a 4-2-5. You have Rich Rod with his 3-3-5. Some teams are like OSU used to be under Heacock, where they would have a base 4-3 under and then take a backer for a 3d safety (this is what 'Bama does).
But defense still comes down to the Jimmy & Joes and constricting space. Hard to find guys like Lee who can basically function as a safety and a linebacker. And yes, agree he is pretty much the perfect fit for that walkout LB position.
To me Marshall is a future NFL slot WR waiting to happen. He is a very smooth route runner. Just needs to develop more consistency.
Couldn't agree more. You don't normally see a senior like Grant that has played a bunch of games improve like that at the end. But the way he improved the last two months of the season was nothing short of remarkable.
Proof is in the pudding. How many explosive pass plays did OSU have in the last 3 games relative to the rest of the season? As I said in the article, its not only the arm strength; it's also the touch when Jones throws the football downfield. Barrett has a lot of his own strengths that he brings to the table and things he does better with Jones. But Jones is pretty unique with his ability to throw deep.
Not a read; just a fake. Part of why OSU used the jet sweep action frequently the last two games is that Jones is not as much of a threat laterally. So the jet sweep holds the backside contain.
If there was ever a game where the entire defense should share the award, this was it. I would argue that Lee is perhaps the most important player in this scheme but lots of guys had MVP level games -- Powell, D. Grant, Bennett, etc.
Honestly, the biggest thing was execution. OSU got used to the tempo and stopped the run better, which put Oregon behind the chains more. But I would say that OSU started bringing more edge pressure on first down, which allowed the interior 6 play more aggressively downhill against the run.
Arizona ran the football, won the turnover margin, put Oregon into some third and longs and forced a few field goals.