Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Coaching Points: Wisconsin D vs Northwestern and Illinois

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Wisconsin D: 3-4 One gap or 2-4 Nickel; Mostly Cover 1 or Cover 4
Also, check out the PODCAST on the same topic.

Monday, October 20, 2014

PODCAST: A Look at the Wisconsin Defense with Buck Around

I had the opportunity to do a Podcast with Rich over at BuckAround, and we chose to look at an update of Wisconsin's 3-4 One-Gap Defense. So go ahead and listen to Wisconsin and Michigan accent clash as we get in-depth with the Wisconsin defense.


In the meantime, I should have a coaching points post for the Wisconsin defense touching on much the same topics tomorrow, so be on the look out for that.

Friday, October 17, 2014

META: A Special Thanks to Noon Kick

There is this website that I love. It just so happens that my wife probably hates this website, despite the fact she doesn't know it exists. If you enjoy this blog, you will enjoy this website is well. All of that is because this website features hundreds of complete games throughout the past couple years, and instances where it goes back even further than that.

This website is NOONKICK

It has been a fantastic resource for me, especially as my own DVR fills up with some combination of football games and classic movies off of TMC (and whatever reality show from TLC is on there because my wife). Missed a great game? It'll likely be on Noon Kick within a week. Remember a play and wanted to watch it again? Noon Kick. Just want to watch college football because college football is the best? Noon Kick.

So seriously, check it out, follow him on twitter, watch more football, and in the meantime, don't forget your significant other at least for a few hours a week.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Film Review: Minnesota's Backside LB in Cover 4

Minnesota’s run defense played pretty well against Northwestern. Mostly utilizing Cover 4, they were able to maintain numbers advantage inside the box for most of the game. When they did get gashed though, it was mostly because the backside was slow in pursuit. In Cover 4, the LBs, particularly the backside LB, must flow fast. If he reads the play immediately, he can tend to read “cloudy/clear” and shoot off the butt of a pulling OL or beat a zone blocking OL across his face and blow up the play in the backfield. If he can’t do that, he must scrape over the top quickly to get to the playside.

Football Fundamentals: Flare Control

A great addition to any playbook is a concept known as flare control. Flare control is a RB route intended for the primary purpose of hold and/or manipulating the underneath coverage. It can act as a block on a LB, it can force defensive flow, and it can prevent the underneath coverage from sinking into downfield developing routes. Likewise, “bubble control” can be used in much the same way. Indiana, along with many other teams, use flare control and bubble control as a part of their screen action and double screenpackage.

Flare Control
The most common application of flare control is to hold underneath coverage to prevent them from sinking underneath deeper routes. It helps prevent that defender from bringing pressure, it forces them to respect the underneath threat, and it doesn't allow them to gain depth.

On this play, the RB is no more than third or fourth in the QB’s progression, depending on the QB’s read of the safeties. He is not intended to be a primary receiver, instead, he is supposed to draw the underneath coverage away from the mesh routes and hold the outside leverage defender (in this case, cloud leverage) from sinking underneath the corner route.
This flare route works to control and manipulate the defense in either situation.

This is a concept that is used for a lot of downfield passing attacks. Many teams that utilize outside zone run schemes or run inverted veers or sweeps will utilize flare control in the same way. Here, OSU uses it to run a Sail Concept. Here’s an example of Baylor utilizing flarecontrol in their play action attack off of inverted veer.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Coaching Points: PSU vs Michigan, 2014

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PSU O: Mostly 12 and 11 personnel. Split TEs out a lot. Zone based run scheme.
Michigan D: 4-3 Over with some Under mixed in.

UM O: Mostly 11 personnel.
PSU D: 4-3 Over or Nickel with an Over Front