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- Cover 0: No safety help, corner always aligns on inside half of WR. There are different bump techniques out there, so unless you're at practice, you don't know exactly how the technique is incorrect. You know it's incorrect simply b/c dudes were getting toasted at the LOS.
- Cover 1: center field (aka MOF - middle of field) help. Corners shade WRs based on alignment. Saban divider rules apply here. What that means is basically if the WR is inside the hash, CB aligns outside shoulder to take away out routes. If WR goes inside, it's a crosser or middle seam where you likely have a LB in the low hole and a FS bearing down on a more vertical throw. If WR is outside the hash, CB aligns inside to take away slants and skinny posts. Fade is a low percentage throw. (I know--sure didn't look like it Saturday.)
- Cover 5 (a lot of different names for this): Man under with 2 deep safeties. Corners align as in Cover 1, but now the usual technique is called trail technique where you first step toward leverage and jam, then trail the WRs near hip, b/w him and the QB. If CB is in good position, the throws that can beat him are verticals, and that's where the 2 deep safeties come in.
- I'm not in favor of any scheme that requires superior players to be successful. Good scheme puts players in position to be successful, even if he's merely "serviceable." Then when you put great players in that scheme, what you get is domination.
- I never said, nor do I believe, that one must use DL to be responsible for B gap. In fact, in a 3-4, you can have ILBs responsible for B gap, DEs responsible for C gap and squeeze down blocks hard, and OLBs responsible for primary force/contain.
- Nose 2-gaps the C, picks the easier A gap. Clark blitzes opposite A gap, playing off the nose.
- Ends have C gap.
- Stack backers have B gap; on the first one, both read; on the second, Ryan blitzes the gap.
- On the first play, Bolden fits late and incorrectly--his helment and hips should've been on the inside half of the OT.
- On the second, Ryan blitzes the B gap, which appears closed, yet he tries to squeeze through. To be fair, the OT had Ryan solo, so if Ryan had tried to get outside, the OT turns him that way and now the B gap is clean.
- Either way, the issue is the same as the picture pages: DE alone playing a big-ass C gap, trying to contain the QB and can't constrict until the ball is handed off. Belly is such a quick hitter that this is impossible and, thus, the genius of the offensive scheme.
- Again, in future games against spread option teams with a QB who is a runner, we must have an overhang player out there to account for QB to allow for proper defense of the inside runs with the DL and ILBs. I prefer the 3-4 against the spread, FWIW.
- I agree that this is on Mattison in that he is playing man-free, so there is no free hitter since the QB is a potential ball carrier. With the "free" being a center fielder and not involved in option responsibility, the defense is outmanned. I think Mattison felt like he could get by with base in this game, especially in the 2nd half. Normal operating procedure would be to play some form of zone coverage, or man with zone behind it, so that there are always OLBs or safeties in an "overhang" position; i.e., 2nd level perimeter, a few yards outside the box.
- In both of these cases, the 3-tech. sparks inside to A gap, leaving the MIKE as the B gap player and the DE as the C gap player. The only time I think a DL should "sit down" is when he is double teamed, and even then I don't like the technique. Also, Henry was fine there b/c a) he saw the RB had the ball and b) he saw the ball declaring in a different gap past the LOS. It's actually great play for him to get back across and fight to pursue the ball carrier.
- With the DE assigned to not get flanked by the QB until he knows for sure it's a handoff, and with the OG and OT blocking down inside, the C gap is now huge. As Brian said, the best you can hope for is the MIKE to take that block on close to the LOS to limit the damage.
- Ideally we'd have an overhang to that side to allow for scrape exchange or other spread tactics. Then Beyer can crash down hard and the QB pulls for an unblocked OLB, safety, or scraping MIKE.
- 2012: 9.9 yd/return allowed, 17th in net punting
- 2011: 13.2 yd/ret, 57th net
- 2010: 12.5 yd/ret, 68th net
- 2009: 15.1 yd/ret, 81st net
- Alabama has improved consistenly in net punting and average return allowed
- They've been a very poor coverage unit under Saban, armed with the best athletes in the land and the worst punting scheme.
- Much taller and longer than Jimmer.
- Much better passer.
- Much better handle.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Well...||
First, let me say that I didn't watch one second of that game. However, that was a HUGE rivalry game. When PSU was a power in the 70s and 80s, they owned NJ recruiting. Rutgers fans have always had a chip on their shoulder about the Nits, seeing them as the pillager of their talent. Imagine if Ohio State was a historically mediocre program and all the best players in Ohio went to Michigan. [According to Dennis Franklin they did. ;^) ] Add to that it was Rutgers first ever B1G game, and that PSU has just had their sanctions lifted, so that game had HUGE recruiting implications
So, you can't compare the emotional and psychological impact of that game versus even our ND game.
Judging from the recap, what I've heard, and the box score, it was a pretty ugly scene as far as quality of football.
Rutgers had 9 penalties and 5 TOs, yet PSU wins by 3, scoring the game-winner with a minute left. Again, I didn't watch a snap, but it doesn't have the markings of a well-coached football game.
As it relates to us, if we can eliminate TOs and shore up man coverage more (get healthy plus throw 8,365 slants at the DBs in practice), I think we'll actually be pretty good. People can say we wore down a weak opponent yesterday, and that's true, and that we didn't do it against ND, but we had okay success against the Irish until we had to abandon it pretty early. The fruits of our OL labor were never cultivated. By definition, wearing down an opponent in the run game is when those 2-3 yard runs in the first three quarters become 5-8 yard runs in the 4th. Well, we weren't exactly in a position to run the ball in the 4th Q of the ND game, so the criticism is ignorant to a degree.
If people are looking for us to get 4-5 yds/carry from the opening snap, you only do that if you're a) big/strong and b) technically advanced. I'd say judging from our rushing performances that we're definitely closer to where we need to be on a) and are simply too inexperienced to be there as to b).
Looking at the first 3 quarters of the ND game, RB runs were 19 carries for 78 yards at 4.1 yd/att avg. and a 3 yd/att median (as you're probably aware, that means that 9 carries went for more than 3 yards). Now, that's not RichRod or Bo production, but it's not too shabby on the road against a top 20 opponent with a very young line and very young backs.
Everyone needs to calm down and let this season play out.
As to the delay-of-game fiasco on 4th/1 from the 32. If the clock was an issue, I would've pulled a Bo/Woody there and not stop until they changed it or I got a 15-yard penalty. I mean, if you're going to end up punting there b/c of the DOG, what's the harm in a 15-yarder? Either I get them to change it, or we lose 15 yards. With the back-to-back DOG penalties, we lost 10 anyway, and we punted into the end zone.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Let's let the season play out...||
...before we pass judgment on Hoke's ability as a head coach. I'm even on the side of let him coach through next year b/c of how late he was hired (barring obvious circumstances).
That said, critiquing the coaches' performance this week is definitely up for debate. I think the ND game was demoralizing for the team and we weren't in a pychological position to play angry.
Where I have a problem is with the slopiness and the recurring theme of poor clock management. That 4th down situation near the end of the 1st half was epic fail.
I mean, I have no problem with the headset thing, especially if you trust your coordinators implicitly. But if that's how you're going to be, then you're a game manager and player psychology manager. If that's the case, today was a poor performance.
|5 days 23 hours ago||To OP:||
A simple, "This, too, shall pass" would've sufficed.
Michigan was essentially dormant from 1951 - 1969, excepting 1964. Was 2011 the new 1964? Who knows. Most Michigan fans have witnessed a lot of great football. Barring tragedy, those fans who stay will witness championships.
|6 days 48 min ago||Disagree...||
...about Cover 1 not being good for defending the run. Counterexample: Saban defenses.
Dude loves man-free (as does Belichick). Certainly, he has other things he likes, goes to, adjusts with, etc. but his base is cover 1.
I think the issue may not be Cover 1 per se, but doing so with press alignment, bump technique. However, if you play your corners off, leverage them properly, and give them good keys to read, you can attack the run with all 11 defenders, with as many in the box as is potential blockers on offense (DBs for WRs, FS for ball carrier).
|6 days 1 hour ago||Something sure did stink that night||
Wasn't a fart, though.
It was a giant pile of poop with laces, half-stripes, and a block "M" painted on it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Disagree||
Are you at practice? Have you watched Manning coach the technique? If not, you're talking out of your ass about being coached correctly.
Were you on the sideline b/w defensive series to see if Manning or another coach was discussing technique with the DBs? If not, again, you're talking out of your ass when it comes to being allowed to get away with poor technique.
Moreover, how much bump man did we run in the 2nd half? Much less, and they scored 10 points despite us giving them 2 TOs that they took possession after. So from a schematic standpoint they weren't allowed to get away with poor technique.
It was obvious that the technique was poor. If it wasn't, their WRs wouldn't have been as open as they were. To say it's because of the coaching is completely ignorant.
|1 week 1 day ago||Coached DBs, particularly corners||
I coached and ran a lot of man coverage.
There are different types of press-man:
I've mentioned this in a few places, but if we're using cutoff technique in 0 or 1, then it's somewhat counterintuitive. The object is to use your hands, but as more of a hand-check a la basketball than to physically disrupt a WR. When you try to get too physical, your weight is forward and it's easy to be off-balance and discarded by WR moves. Therefore, it's not good to play that technique unless you have help (safety behind you, bracketed coverage, etc.)
It's my experience that it takes HS players a year to get the technique down. With more advanced athletes at the D1 level, it probably takes less adjustment time, but it still takes time, especially since our DBs are used to different techniques. Peppers being a bump corner a lot his last few seasons might actually make him a better technician. However, I will say that it wasn't uncommon for even Woodson to get beat his freshman year, especially early in the season.
If we're going to do this (which I like), we're going to have to stick with it because the only way to get good at it is to rep the shit out of it, especially in practice.
By the way, the slant is the hardest route to cover in bump man, and Kelly knew that and we all saw it Saturday.
|1 week 2 days ago||The guy in your avatar...||
...was probably referring to the guy in your post when he said, "prima donna coaches."
|1 week 2 days ago||I believe NW was the worst||
Losing to a MAC team at home for a team that was supposed to be solid is the worst. Yes, Purdue lost in a similar situation, but they're supposed to be bad. It's always bad for a B1G team to lose to a MAC team, but NW's was worse. Nebraska got rescued from being the worst by Abdullah, and Iowa had 3 points on the board at home against a MAC team in the 4th quarter.
As for the shit show that was the league's premiere teams in prime time, none of those are as bad, in the fact that they all lost to nationally prominent football programs with a similar level of talent. Ranking those three, Sparty was most acceptable b/c it was the #3 team in their place, and MSU actually was in control until momentum and the heat got to them a little. Then I would say ours b/c even though the score was embarrassing, it was to a top 20 team on the road, and it was evenly played in a lot of respects. Ohio was the worst of the three, losing to an unranked team on their own field. Even if they had Miller, their OL is brand new and is a shambles at this point, and they weren't that great on D to begin with, especially in the back end.
I think Sparty and Wiscy are the best teams in their respective divisions as it stands right now, and if McEvoy can get even average as a passer, the Badgers are going to be tough.
I think we don't have much of a shot at all at beating Sparty, home or away, but we an definitely get Ohio. I'm looking at hopefully 10-2 and an Outback bowl appearance. But for that to happen, Devin can only do his job, not everyone else's, and can't force things no matter the situation. Most importantly, our bump man technique needs to improve and/or we need to play more zone.
|1 week 2 days ago||Patting them on the back and clapping...||
...that's the dad's role; that's the position coach's role (and Hoke was an awesome DL coach).
Less of that, more of this:
|1 week 2 days ago||tl; dr||
|1 week 2 days ago||Lou Holtz||
|1 week 2 days ago||That's what we all used to say about...||
...some guy who was getting to BCS bowl games with West Virginia.
|1 week 2 days ago||Said this on the liveblog but:||
Time to shelve the bump man until we can work out the technique issues in practice. Likely we won't be really good at it until next season; usually takes a year to perfect the technique. Main issue is our DBs need to read release and open hips before jam, not vice versa. We're getting beat consistently at the LOS and giving Golson easy reads and throws.
|1 week 3 days ago||No wonder...||
...their record goes downhill after Oct. 1 every year.
|1 week 3 days ago||Man,||
Calling you a "devotee" is like calling Lindsay Lohan "troubled."
|1 week 6 days ago||A couple things:||
|1 week 6 days ago||On the two 3-3-5 calls involving Clark...||
To my eye, it looked like this:
|1 week 6 days ago||Not to mention...||
....back then there was only shoulder blocking and cutting. No hands were allowed to be extended. Makes the holding call a lot easier.
|1 week 6 days ago||My $0.02, and a little more:||
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Psshh||
"For now" = "they will come off game suspension on Friday"
For real, all you have to know is if those players are practicing with the 1s or not.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Ohio U.||
Surprisingly pretty, especially with all the old brick architechture. Also, Donkey Coffee is a hidden gem. Elite coffee.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Well...||
...Mesko punted pro-style for 2 years, averaging 41.6 and 41.1 yd/punt, then rugby/shield (mostly shield after the Sparty fake debacle) and averaged 43.0 and 44.5 yd/punt.
This doesn't prove anything (/glares at Yeoman), but it suggests that shield punting doesn't affect performance. If that's actually true, the 10 yards certainly matters.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||What?||
How can the coverage be good when they give up 25 returns for 13.7 per? What, the coverage was really good 15 times but dudes were held and clipped the other 25 times?
Sorry that I didn't have a linear regression with a nice R^2.
Alabama punt coverage:
I think two things are clear:
I'd like to see the stats on shield teams getting punts blocked and giving up scores, too. I'm not MCalibur or Mathlete, with archives of play-by-play data, however.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||orly?||
It's clear from the data that Alabama led the nation in net punting not b/c of their coverage (13.7 yd/return). That they were #112 in the nation at average punt return yds allowed with one of--if no the--most athletic units shows pretty cogently that the way they cover punts hurts them.
I'm guessing 'Bama was #1 in net punting b/c they usually had great field position and their punter had great hang time on his punts.
The problem with the NFL style in college is not with the gunners, but the other guys. The gunners will get there quickly but the interior guys can easily be held up. With the spread punt (2 yd gaps b/w players) and athletes at those positions, they can easily evade blockers and get down field as quickly as gunners.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Spread pun (Purdue and,||
Spread pun (Purdue and, obviously, BYU)t:
NFL style tight punt (Alabama and Michigan):
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yep||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Because they don't have fancy||
Because they don't have fancy receiver gloves.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I haven't watched the film...||
...and I won't so, whatever.
But, it seemed like we had some MAs on some of their downhill inside zone out of the pistol. I think it's going to take a few games for JMFR to be completely comfortable at MIKE.
I may be wrong, but I thought I saw us playing some 2-technique (head up over the guard) and trying to 2-gap and it didn't go well. If this is true (it probably isn't), it makes it hard on inexperienced inside backers (JMFR) to be in the proper gap when the 2-gap DL switches gaps. For example, the DL-man starts to play B gap but tries to escape into A gap to make a play; meanwhile MIKE has also committed to A gap , so B gap is unaccounted for.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Interestingly, I thought I||
Interestingly, I thought I saw some outside zone today as well.