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Jonathan Stephanson


MEMBER SINCE   September 29, 2015

Two-time Ohio State graduate and Cleveland sports fan...

Proud parent of 130 high school students!

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Comment 25 Jul 2016

This is a great point.

Many teams will spill a Split Zone wham block from the TE/HB to the scrapping LB/S following the backfield flow. In this example the blocker fails at cutting the EMLOS here, but you can see the principle in action.

Power read is a great option. Ditto RPOs. With a guy like J.T. you can also arc block the alley defender with the TE/HB, trusting that he can beat the DE around the corner regardless of technique.

Comment 17 Dec 2015

Also want to add a link to a detailed breakdown I wrote over the summer looking at Pete Carroll's 'compression tackle', which uses inside-out and outside-in principles, like Ohio State's spill defense.

You'll find alot of technique/coaching points and some film....

Comment 17 Dec 2015

Straight from Greg Schiano's press conference today...

On the rugby style tackling, Schiano said he's worked with that scheme before: "It's an art, and tackling is maybe a lost art. I think this rugby style tackling has been very effective."

Comment 17 Dec 2015

Great comment.

I attribute a good part of the Buckeye's open field tackling to Ash pushing for and implementing the rugby-style tackling system. 

Go to the 17-minute mark here and watch how Pete Carroll teaches the compression tackle which emphasizes 'outside-to-in' and 'inside-to-out' leverage, a fundamental principle of the spill philosophy.

We implemented rugby-style tackling two seasons ago at our high school program and have seen immediate results in terms of better in-game tackling and a drop in concussions/head injuries.


Comment 17 Dec 2015

Yep, as spill players linebackers should be pursuing the ball laterally down the line of scrimmage. They will pursue the ball "inside to out", while the force player will pursue the ball "outside to in" with the goal of meeting the ball carrier in the middle.

Safeties often play the role of "alley fill", meaning the come down to the line of scrimmage between the force and spill players. If the safety fills properly, the ball carrier will be surrounded on the left, right, AND front.

Think of it like a sandwich; the force and spill players are the bread, with the alley fill being the peanut butter and jelly in the middle.

Comment 10 Dec 2015

Yeah I got around to reading that post back and realized that sentence made no sense. I'd have the CB twisting like a contortionist if he hugged the outside fault for the confusion...


Comment 10 Dec 2015

Great observations!

That's why the initial scooch step is taught. The scooch step gives the CB time and distance to let the receiver wiggle and shake at the line of scrimmage without committing to a side.

At some point the receiver HAS to commit to an outside or inside release; This is where the time, distance, and hot feet/mirror allows the CB to force the receiver to move around his body.