Friday, October 24, 2014

Film Review: Nebraska Schemed By Northwestern's Cover; Then Scheming Back

Northwestern threw a lot of cover 4 at Nebraska in an effort to get bodies down into the run game. One thing that Cover 4 allows is for the LBs to flow a bit more freely and quickly to the initial look, because the safety takes care of backside cutbacks. What we saw in the Nebraska vs Northwestern game was Northwestern initially having success bottling up Nebraska because of this. The safety crashing down from depth allows him to defend either the QB keep or the RB cutting back across the grain. Later on, however, we saw Nebraska adjust some of their play calls to take advantage of this scheme. In this post, we’ll look at just that.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PODCAST: Nebraska vs Northwestern and a Look Ahead

I had the opportunity to go on Unsportsmanlike Conduct again today. Here's a link to the podcast.



Coaching Points: Nebraska vs Northwestern, 2014

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Northwestern D: 4-2 Nickel Over Cover 4
Nebraska O: 11 and 10 personnel.

Nebraska D: Mostly Cover 4 and Cover 1, 4-2 Nickel
Northwestern O: 11 and 10 personnel, mostly outside zone

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.