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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 Grantland, and When not focused on zone blocking, Ross practices law in Washington, D.C.

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Comment 23 Feb 2015

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. 

Comment 06 Feb 2015

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" 

Comment 20 Jan 2015

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. 

Comment 20 Jan 2015

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.

Comment 20 Jan 2015

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. 

Comment 19 Jan 2015

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. 

Comment 19 Jan 2015

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.  

Comment 06 Jan 2015

It's hard to defend everything. To the boundary, you don't have the OLB. So if your boundary corner or safety aren't going to come up in run support it puts a lot on your DE and OLB to be perfect. Clearly they were willing to sacrifice that to stopping Cooper.

That being said, I fully expect Ore to come out running to the boundary -- which is also what they did against MSU's C4. So have to be prepared...

Comment 06 Jan 2015

They have some similarities. But with outside zone, every linemen is blocking OZ. Two linemen just trade responsibilities, so one pulls around the other. And the QB is still reading the backside end.

With sweep read you have two pullers. Everyone else is blocking back. And the QB is reading a DT or ILB. In practice they just look different. 

Comment 31 Dec 2014

Wisconsin expected Jones to run in short yardage and was caught off-guard when he didn't. I would expect 'Bama to take the opposite approach and treat Jones as if he is not much of a runner. But he can make plays once he gets going. If Jones can be a factor in the run game could be the difference maker.