Warning! I am not a coach and I
haven't played football since eighth grade. However, I have taken an
interest in offensive and defensive schemes lately. Most of what I
have learned has come from reading Smart
Football, Three and
Football Analysis, and of course Brian; especially his piece in
think one of the biggest reasons why the hybrid positions are getting
so confused is the fact that coaches all have different names for the
same hybrid position. To Pete Carroll the “Spinner” is called
the “Elephant” and others call it the “Quick.” All this
position really is, is the WDE. Now in the 4-3 under (at least the
one we are using) he is moved way outside the tackle. The reason I
believe we do this is so that we can use a smaller player and that is
able to speed rush the passer, hold weak side contain, and fall back
into coverage for a zone blitz. With the player being so far outside
they don't need to be as refined in their technique and can use their
athleticism in space. This is the position that is being battled for
by Evans, Herron, and Watson.
Graham is going to be the SDE this year. This of course could limit
his effectiveness as a pass rusher. However, he has the most refined
technique of all the defensive ends and will probably draw many
double teams. These double teams will most likely lead to one-on-one
battles for at least two defensive linemen (which I am considering
the “Deathbacker/Spinner/Quick/Elephant” to be).
other hybrid position in our defensive is the one occupied by Steve
Brown. But just like the “Spinner” is just a WDE but with a
fancy name, Mr. Brown's position is just the SLB but not the John
Thompson version. Obviously, spread offenses are everywhere and to
combat this defensive coordinators made the SLB more like a safety.
But they also want someone who can handle a tight end in man coverage
and in run situations so this may be why the coordinators just didn't
use a normal nickel package. In the 4-3 under the SLB is in an
inside-foot to outside-foot alignment on the tight end also called a
9-tech. If there isn't a tight end then I believe he will play
nickelback to the strong side – however GERG determines which side
is the strong side.
coaches use different conventions for which side is the strong side.
Some call the strong side the side with the tight end. Others call
the strong side the side to the quarterback's front (non-blind) side. I am not
sure but I think that we will be using the first convention.(ht:Trojan)
that Steve Brown and Brandon Graham are going to be on the same side.
And both will be lined up on the line of scrimmage.
to Pete Carrol the WLB is protected in this scheme, so they don't
have to be “thick necked jokers” either, they need to run
sideline to sideline and make plays. This is Jonas Mouton's
looks to me like a guard might have a free release on Obi in this
formation, but I would like to defer this question to someone who
knows more about football than I.
someone posed the question as to why we don't use Brandon at the WDE
position (they called it the 'Shembackler' which I like but for
clarity's sake I'm sticking with WDE). This was actually why I started
writing this in the first place. It seems to me that what is most
important for the WDE position in this scheme is the ability to rush
the passer and the ability to play in space. Brandon can most
certainly rush the passer and given that he played linebacker in HS
he could probably play in space – not to mention his freakish
athleticism! So why don't we move him there? I think the answer is
because we don't have a DE as polished as Brandon to play the SDE,
especially since Ryan Van Bergen could be starting at the 3-tech DT!
We have athletes, and this is the number one criteria to playing the
WDE spot in our 4-3 under; as far as I can tell anyway. Hopefully
they can at least speed rush the passer; playing well in space would
also be helpful.
other musings! If our starting D-line is going to look like BG,
Martin, Van Bergen, someone at WDE then I would think we should be
pretty good at penetrating the O-line (clean thoughts people!). Does
this mean we will be susceptible to counters and traps? Can someone
weigh in on what the advantages of having a small line like ours
might be? Plus, I think we can all envision what the disadvantages
are so I was wondering what the bright side could be.
are craving more info I would recommend reading this Trojan
Analysis link keeping in mind that Steve Brown is the SLB in the
diagrams and BG is the DE on his side. Then delve as much as you wish! Chris
Brown and gsimmons85
have so much football knowledge packed into their sites you can read
on for days and – like Brian – forget what the sun looks like!
not one to get defensive so feel free to tear this apart! In fact I
welcome any criticism since I will most likely learn something or get
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