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Ian Boyd has a really nice article on SB Nation's Football Study Hall (LINK) where he argues that
So the result is an iron law of defensive football in the modern era:
You have to have three good coverage players on the field to survive against the better passing teams.
The two corners have to be good, especially if the opponent has more than one good outside receiver or can move their best receiver around to create match-up advantages, and whoever is covering the slot needs to be strong as well.
There are a bunch of variations that Boyd goes through on how to deploy your defenders:
- The coverage safety: you put a bunch of coverage responsibilities on one of your safeties, allowing you to play your third linebacker (or your fourth LB in a 3-4).
- The nickel corner
- The ace ("shutdown") corner: Woodson back in the day.
With respect to Michigan, does moving Peppers to safety imply that we're going away from (2) and towards (1)? If the solution to hyper-agressive Cover 4 defenses is "attack the slot defender" then putting Peppers at safety negates that advantage while allowing Michigan to stay in its base 4-3 defense.
Mine is the Charles White "fumble" TD . . . there are so many that could be listed. This one falls #10 on the ESPN List of Worst Calls Ever in All Sports
There were some interesting comments in the "best coaching jobs" thread - specially for how Oklahoma is not an elite job - that had me scratching my head. Considering the Switzer to Stoops era was conceptually one of the best off the top of my head I could think of (i.e. top 5) for 40ish year I am not sure where this viewpoint was coming from. At first I thought maybe younger guys dont remember how dominant Oklahoma used to be, but considering Stoops has the same winning % as Bo did ....in an era with scholarship reductions and far more parity, that didn't make sense. Maybe an 80% win % is just not that impressive to some. Switzer was even more dominant (albeit with some wink wink stuff going on). Anyhow I digress a bit but how someone doesn't think OK is one of the top 7-8 jobs in the country is beyond me. It's not an academic ranking - its damn football, and Oklahoma is and has been a bad ass program for decades.
Anyhow that thread led me to take a look back at the top program winning %s by in 3 time frames. While the headline says 30, 20 and 10 years it's technically 31, 21, and 11 years (1984, 1994 and 2004 to 2014). I tried to focus on P5 conferences but did add in TCU and Utah which spent most of this time outside the P5 - I also included Louisville which was in various conferences. Former Big East conference members were difficult to figure out since things changed so often there but this should cover the major players. So you have your Louisvilles, West VAs, VA Techs etc. I did include BYU over 30 years but excluded them in the 10 and 20 due to error.
This data also doesnt penalize for sanctions.
Some interesting data:
1984-2014 (31 years)
1994-2014 (21 years)
2004-2014 (11 years)
- Over a 30ish year time frame 6 teams clearly stand out at 73%+ - FSU, Neb, OSU, Miami FL, Florida, Oklahoma. From there we have a significant 3% drop to the cabal of UM, Auburn, PSU, GA.
- While lacking the # of NCs of Bama, no way to say it other than OSU has been the the best program in terms of consistency for 20 years. And aside from FSU is essentially tied for 2nd over 30 years. A hell of a multi decade run.
- Despite some fall off post Bowden, FSU has had an amazing 30 year run.
- I doubt most would guess LSU was #2 over the past 11 years. I wouldn't.
- Nebraska had such a good mid 80s to early 2000s it has offset the relative mediocrity of late.
- Oregon has been better for longer than I assumed.
- While UM has been wholly mediocre relative to perceived status for 10 and 20 years, ND has been mediocre for all 3 time frames which is suprising considering Holtz era.
- For all the TX angst they have had a nice run the past 20 years.
- Despite not even being found in the top 30 the past 11 years, Miami is still #4 overall over 30.
- Wisconsin is impressive - Alvarez did a hell of a job not only building a program but despite the coaching changes leaving a legacy. Let's hope Dantonio does not do the same.
- Rutgers was not such a bad addition to the Big 10 ;)
- As suspected UCLA is a chronic underachiever considering all the assets at their disposal.
Lions cut RB Reggie Bush, per source.
BYU doesn't want to be independent anymore.
Big XII seems logical, if they can find a XIIth too, but the article says the conference isn't interested (at the moment). More interestingly, BYU seems to think another wave of realignment is in the near future... not sure what's left to move...
But if this is in the works, can I ask ... can B1G trade Rutgers and Maryland for BYU? Pleez?
Ohhh... ewww.... Bleacher Report...
But, pertinent information, and whatn't.
I remember disagreeing with the assertion that Touchdown Tom may want to coach after her retires. That thread floated around a while ago. So maybe this comes as a surprise to some, but it aligns quite nicely with my opinion on how he'd like to spend his retirement.