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- No launching or diving at another player, whether you're on offense of defense. Only time you're allowed to leave your feet before contact is to try to catch a thrown pass or lateral.
- Alternating possession, a la basketball. If the offense fumbles, the whistle is immediately blown and it is a dead ball. If it is indeed a fumble, team with the arrow gets the ball. Fumble piles are dangerous in a myriad of ways, and it has been statistically shown that fumble recoveries are random anyway. Or, defense gets the ball. While that may be hard to do in basketball, in football it would be pretty easy to see that team A had possession, then fumbled, ergo, team B gets the pigskin.
- NO player is allowed to lower his head.
- A tackle must be secured by actually securing the ball carrier. You can't get a guy down by simply laying a hit. A tackle is when the defender has a hold of the ball carrier. No tripping tackles. If a ball carrier breaks a tackle and then goes down, he can get up and run.
- non-hard shell, but need to engineer a protective face mask. At least in boxing the athletes are trying to protect their face which they know the opponent is attempting to hit.
- hadn't thought of the "grease" thing...interesting idea trackcapt. Perhaps silicone spray?
- race cars are designed to shatter on impact to absorb force. Hard-shell helmet could be structured not to shatter per se, but come apart on an impact of a pre-determined force, and then easily be able to be snapped back together. Somewhat like a glorified Lego. (Boy wouldn't they love to get their hands on some of that NFL money and # of impressions?)
- All linemen wear gloves w/o fingers so they cannot grab an opponent. Okay, they couldn't catch a ball very well or secure a fumble, but the alternating possession rule would rule that moot.
- No hard-shell shoulder pads.
- Clampons (just kidding)
- protective girdles that are lightweight and pad everything from belt to knee--there would be a lot of shoulder hits to the thigh area if the rest of these were adopted
- What a defense runs most often, or is most comfortable playing against anything.
- The first scheme installed during fall camp, bowl practice, and spring practice; that which is the basis off which everything else derives or is built
- 2015 Alabama - Coker was 1st year starter
- 2014 Ohio State - Barrett and Jones were new starters
- 2013 Florida State - Winston 1st year starter (RS Frosh)
- 2012 Alabama - McCarron returning starter
- 2011 Alabama - McCarron 1st year starter
- 2010 Auburn - Cam 1st year starter
|4 days 12 hours ago||wasn't||
Lawrence Ricks #46? Starting TB ca. 1982.
|6 days 21 hours ago||What I remember him most for||
I'll never forget when he was at Cal and they played at Maryland. He took a shot to the head and puked right then on the field.
|1 week 4 days ago||Someone||
Name a better place to live that also has winter. Can't be done. You could say a place like Madison, WI is it's equal, but I don't buy any place as better unless the weather is like Venice Beach.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||One of my Saban stories||
Once upon a time the staff I was on visited the Naval Academy (since Paul Johnson was HC and we were flexbone option). This was right after Nick had left MSU for LSU.
One particular assistant coach we were speaking with talked about how, after Nick's LSU plane returned from East Lansing with zero assistant coaches on board, called him up and asked him to come to LSU. (They were old friends and colleagues.) This coach told us, "I told him there was no way. I said, 'Nick, I'm probably your best friend in coaching, but you're an absolute prick to work for.' "
We all laughed our asses off.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Nose and Tackle||
I like Mo Hurst (a lot, in fact) but he doesn't deserve to start over Glasgow or Mone. I'd have Glasgow and Mone split the reps at Nose, then give each 20% of the Tackle reps while Hurst gets 60% of those. So combining the two interior DL spots, Glasgow and Mone get 35% of the snaps each, while Hurst gets 30%.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||One piece of film is all that's necessary||
I'm in my phone so I don't know if Brian or anyone has posted it, but that video of him doing the shallow bag drill...
If I was any SEC head coach seeing that, I'd have sent the guy with the handcuff-attached briefcase by private jet to be at his house when he got back from that camp.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)|
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Space Coyote's turf, but...||
...slide protection is gap on the front side and man on the back side.
Starting from the back side, each OL has man over him and first uncovered OL blocks his playside gap. The RB is responsible for blitzers, prioritizing inside-out; i.e. an internal blitzer gets priority over an edge blitzer.
This protection is why overload blitzes have become so popular. In fact, it's why zone blitzes have become so popular. You ID the slide, overload the backside, then drop a guy out on the front side into zone coverage. (There are other ways to drop DLs, but the overall effect is the same.) This, in turn, is why you'll see one side of the OL pass protecting against air why an unblocked defender is sacking the QB a second or two after the snap.
Consequently, in these schemes it's up to the center and/or QB to ID where the pressure is coming from and adjust the protection accordingly.
Now, about "City." It's man-free, but employed a little differently. The Rover (Strong Safety) and Free do not predetermine who is dropping into the underneath zone and who is playing deep middle. They "banjo" the FB--the safety to the side of FB flow drops into man on the FB, the safety away from FB flow rotates to deep middle. Similarly, the Mike and Will "banjo" the TB.
However, with the Mike blitz, the TB is automatically Will's man. And with the FB aligned strong side and, more importantly, in a 3-point stance (which means he can't motion, only shift, and therefore must be set for a full second before the O snaps the ball--giving the D plenty of time to adjust the coverage) the Rover takes the FB and the Free plays deep middle.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||My name is Steve Sharik and I approve this message||
As a person with absolutely no stake in the amount of funding, I would love to see the money cannon go six figures this year.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Oooo||
I don't know if you're trying to say this is a RPS win for the offense and only the center causes it to go bad. If every player on both sides of the ball does his job, the defense wins. Winovich would've spilled the kickout block and forced Walker right into the arms of the free-hitting, unblocked edge rusher.
It's simple math: against 21 personnel (2 backs, 1 TE), if the offense is going to hand the ball from QB to RB, that leaves 7 blockers against 8 defenders in the box. If the defense is gap sound, the offense can't run the ball.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Good feedback so far, thanks everyone.||
Anyone with a good understanding of physics have a comment on this one:
|17 weeks 5 days ago||At the very least||
He'd be a good fit for the "Cheetah" personnel group.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Welp, here's some rules ideas||
Welp, here's some rules ideas I've been tossing around in my head:
All of the above except alternating possession are 15-yard penalties for 1st offense, DQ for 2nd.
Headgear and uniform ideas:
Okay, now let's hear everyone say how stupid these are, how they would ruin the game, woosify 'murica, etc.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Too busy reading something||
Too busy reading something about Don Brown?
|20 weeks 10 hours ago||Found this interesting:||
Don Brown said something that caught my eye:
I think Ben Gedeon is a stud.
I remember Gedeon making a tackle his freshman year in the open field and thinking, "this kid is going to be a beast down the line." For whatever reasons, it hasn't happened yet, but hearing Coach Brown say that, and Gedeon being a senior, I'm excited. The ability is there, but for him it's always been a lot of missed assignments. Urban might as well have given Ben the troll face in 2013.
Brown has said his system is "linebacker friendly." If that's the case and Gedeon can be reliable for assignments, he might end up a Butkus contender.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Good stuff, man||
I think some clarification might be in order. There are two schools of thought when it comes to what is a "base" defense:
Either way, a defense has to be good at its base. If a D gets in a jam, it can always play base. Some coaches think of base D as the backbone of their defensive philosophy, some think of it as the best way to teach the techniques that will apply to everything else they intend to do, some teach it first b/c it's how they would defend traditional Pro-I b/c that's where 99.9999% of defensive installation starts (which is b/c the reads are the easiest).
Clearly you are thinking of Brown's base as that which he uses most frequently, in which case you're correct--he's mostly man-free with pressure. Brian may be thinking of it as a starting point, in which he's somewhat correct in that Brown will start with two-high instead of one.
I think the main point of all this is that those expecting to see a heavy dose of two safeties at 8 yards deep are in for disappointment.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think returning starter at QB is all that important||
Last 6 National Champs:
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Seth and I got into this a little on the twitter on NSD||
But Don Brown need not be told twice:
Now assume that Rashan is the Tackle (T):
In "EAGLE 4" he'd be a 3-tech.
In "HAWK 3," he'd be a 5-tech and, against pro-I, on the outside and be an edge rusher vs. pass.
These are a couple of his 3-4 fronts. So rest assured, Don Brown is way ahead of you, and he knows how to use a player of this quality.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Long||
Hudson's film was supposed to have wow-factor athleticism, and it did. Then I watched some on Long and thought he was even more athletic, definitely faster than Hudson.
|28 weeks 8 hours ago||Coughlin story||
I once attended a coaching clinic at which I saw Steve Szabo speak. Steve is a long-time NFL guy but has had some collegiate stops, including here at Michigan. At the time of this particular clinic, he was a position coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he was also on Tom Coughlin's staff at Boston College.
During one of their coaching staff meetings, Coughlin asked, by a show of hands, who had coached in high school. Well, everyone with the exception of Szabo raised their hands. Upon noticing this, Coughlin looked at Szabo and said, "You're the worst coach in this room." His reason? Coughlin believed that teaching high school kids the game is the best way to learn it.
A lot of coaches don't respect coaches at lower levels, but clearly Coughlin doesn't. Nor does Jim Harbaugh, who recently said something to the effect that a good coach is a good coach, no matter the level of football at which he plies his trade.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||QED||
"We didn't come here to play school" + National Title ring + starter + eligible for draft = CYA!
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Tony Gibson||
Come on down! You're the next contestant on _________________________________!
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Not really a reply, but||
I think it's appropriate to get the embed above the fold, so to speak.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||In my opinion||
Harbs be all like:
|31 weeks 4 days ago||What I think we should run||
6-2 Stack Monster
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Here goes||
Auburn had 3 weeks to prep, OSU only had 1. I wouldn't say OSU stuffed Oregon; the Ducks had over 450 yards in 22 minutes of possession. The key to the OSU win was the 3rd down conversion battle, Oregon penalties (10/75), and red zone offset the TO margin. Yards per play weren't a whole lot different; OSU just got to run more plays.
This is the universal truth of sports.
Again, the Miss State D was effective in 1999 and 2000, before offenses learned how to scheme against it. This D would get carved up against 2015 spread offense.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Welp||
A lot of highly-respected defensive minds are resolved that they're going to give up yards and points defending a good, up-tempo, spread attack.
As we all know, Rich Rod made it famous, then Randy Walker and Northwestern made it infamous in these parts in 2000. Shortly thereafter, a new defensive scheme at Mississippi State created by DC Joe Lee Dunn was slowing down spread offenses, and even shutting some down. The defense? 3-3-5 stack.
This defense was successful primarily because offensive coaches had never seen it before, and none of the blocking rules accounted for the alignment. Additionally, Joe Lee had a concept in his D called "SPD" which stood for "Stem/Prowl/Disguise." Every player on the defense had freedom--the D-Line could stem into different shades and gaps, the LBs could prowl in and out of gaps, and the DBs could disguise their look amongst press, off, inside/outside shade, safety depth, etc.
So the spread run game against the 3-3-5 stack was stifled to a large degree. Moreover, Joe Lee was a blitz-happy fool
Not only did the offense have to figure out blocking rules, they had to figure out who was where and what the D was actually in. I sat in meetings w/Joe Lee and other DCs from his tree where we'd watch film and the DC himself couldn't tell what the play call was pre-snap a lot of the time. He either had to read the play list or he had to wait until the ball was snapped and see who ended up where.
Eventually, opposing coaches found a solution. (They always do.)
The 3-3-5 stack of Joe Lee Dunn would always keep the 3-3 in the box, and the 5 DBs would align over the 5 eligible receivers, so almost always there would be one DB in the deep middle b/c the 5th receiver was the RB (empty formations the exception). In other words, the defense always used 1-high coverages. Once offensive guys figured this out, they would run a ton of 1-high "beaters." Additionally, these coaches also installed blocking schemes to account for the 3-3 stack (and zone blocking doesn't care what the structure of the defensive box is).
But I think the general philosophy to stop (or perhaps slow down) the modern spread is to A) be creative, B) be confusing, C) use hybrid personnel, and D) use multiple fronts and high safety looks. I don't buy the notion that the DL has to be able to substitute due to fatigue. You can't tell me that the OL on the other side of the ball will always be in better physical condition, and they don't ever sub mid-series.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||You can unrest, assured||
McElwain and the Gators will install read option for this game. They'll have film on us (duh) and they run out of the spread. They haven't run read yet, but I'm guessing that's b/c they had a passer and then had to adjust on the fly. Now, with 3+ weeks to prepare, they know their QB can't throw accurately at all but is a good athlete, and that we've been horrendous defending read option. Hopefully Michigan won't assume they won't run the QB b/c they haven't all season.
|33 weeks 21 hours ago||Ugly?||
|33 weeks 21 hours ago||No||
But not b/c Durkin doesn't know what he's doing. In fact, I think he's excellent. (Harbaugh wouldn't have hired him otherwise.)
We shouldn't be broken hearted b/c Harbaugh will have no problem replacing him. When Butch Davis contacts you and asks for an interview (as is rumored on the Rivals premium message board), you know that nobody's got it better than us.