Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Inside the Playbook: OSU's Inverted Veer Package

Ohio State does some interesting things within their offense that make it difficult for defenses to key them correctly. For one, they effectively mix up zone blocking and man blocking schemes, especially power blocking as of lately. In this post we are going to look at 4+ different plays which all utilize and inverted veer look, and explain why it is so difficult to stop them on offense.


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Counter Inverted Veer
As I described the inverted veer as power blocking from an option look, let's first look at how "counter trey" is blocked. "Trey" is a bit of a misnomer, as there often isn't a trey block, but it is the most common type of double team that comes from this blocking scheme and thus it is called trey.
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To note:

Trey is a combo block from the playside PSE (playside TE) and the PST (playside OT) to the MIKE or backside LB. Deuce is a combo block from the PST and the PSG (playside OG) to the MIKE or backside LB. Ace is a combo block from the PSG and the C to the MIKE or backside LB. For many teams, the FB will typically lead the defense to the ball. The same is said for a typical counter play, where the FB will counter step and lead the defense to the ball. But on a typical "Counter Trey" the offense will pull two of the OC, BSG (backside OG), and BST (backside OT). The first puller will typically used to seal the playside EMOL inside (or kick him outside if he gains too much depth or width) and the second puller will pull up through the hole and lead to the playside LB.

Well OSU is running this by using the read option like the FB again. They are using the read to block the backside DE. In general, OSU will pull the BST and the C. The reason you pull the C is for multiple reasons: he's closer to the playside and will be more effective sealing the EMOL; the play is run from gun so it is easier for the C to pull compared to the play being run from under center; it messes with the defensive keys by not pulling an OG as you typically would to the playside.

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Now this makes the read a bit more indirect. Yes, the read is the same, if the EMOL crashes you hand off, if he contains he is essentially blocked and you keep. That said, the QB's eyes are not in the area where he'll eventually be running, making the read indirect compared to where he is eventually going.

But like Counter Trey, it takes advantage of fast flow from the backside so they can't overload the playside.


(Note that the OT reads the defense incorrectly and passes by the MIKE)

And the give:


Now, it's interesting to note that Michigan has run what is a standard counter power scheme from an inverted veer look. This only pulls one player (the BST) and actually blocks the EMOL (because the FB on a counter power play will counter step and lead for the RB). Different philosophy, often something that true pro-style, I-form schemes will run both of once the blocking has developed enough.

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To read more about OSU's inverted veer package, including how they package it with a FB/Wing, and to learn about their pop pass and play action portion of their package, follow the link the Maize n Brew

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Inside the Playbook: Meshing Spread and Single Wing Concepts

Introduction
Ohio State and Urban Meyer are best known for their spread offense. Meyer though, has taken the run-based spread and brought it full circle. Today what I want to do is compare Ohio State's offense to Michigan's offense. No, not to Al Borges's offense. No, not even to Rich Rodriguez's offense. I want to compare Ohio State to Fritz Crisler's 1947 Single Wing offense. In this article we're going show you one of the most innovative offenses of the day, by comparing it to one of the most explosive offenses of yesteryear. It will be light on words, but heavy on diagrams and old timey video.

Getting the Differences Out of the Way
Let's start by getting the differences out of the way. No offense to Crisler, but his passing concepts wouldn't cut it in today's game. While Meyer has a relatively simply passing playbook, it's vastly more advanced than the single wing playbook. Well, besides the jump pass; that's straight from the single wing.
Another significant difference is the personnel. The single wing looks like this
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While a typical spread formation in Meyer's system looks like this
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So Meyer is running a sort of spread out single wing. Well, I guess that makes sense.
Within the run offense itself is two fundamental differences. The first is the blocking scheme. Meyer is a big proponent of zone blocking, as most spread coaches are. If zone blocking existed at that time (I'm almost certain it did not), then it certainly wasn't prevalent or understood well enough for major universities to be using it.

The second thing, a thing that is both fortunate and unfortunate, is the distinct lack of a spin series from OSU. Here's an example of what is referred to as the "spin" portion of the single wing:



A couple schematic notes: the dashed blue line shows who the snap is going to. Typically, the ball will be snapped straight back and the back will adjust to it, but this is the easiest way to show who is receiving the snap.

The green lines and dashed lines indicate an option. In the OSU version of the plays, the option will actually be options from a single play call. From the old single win plays, each option will typically be its own play with its own blocking scheme, unless otherwise stated.

Keeper Off Tackle
Both teams will run a simple off tackle play with the person the ball is snapped to. For OSU, this is the QB. In the single wing, this is more often than not the FB.

OSU out of the spread:
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The same play in the single wing:
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To look further into how OSU's spread-to-run offense borrows heavily from the old fashioned single-wing offense, follow the link to Maize n Brew.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Let's Speak Technique: Offensive Line Pass Protection

Last time we discussed pass protection schemes, but that's only a part of actually protecting the QB. The other vital part is technique, which many players lack coming out of high school. Pass protection is difficult, it's difficult for simply what it is, but it becomes especially difficult as defenses become more complex, defensive linemen grow bigger and faster, and defenders know they can pin their ears back and test your mettle. In this second part looking at pass protection we will focus on the technique that is involved in a standard pass protection scheme.

Protecting the Pocket
The pocket, also known as the passing area, changes depending on drop and set from the QB. In general terms, it is the area the QB needs to effectively move and step into any throw that he may make. It does differ, as I said, with various types of drops. For instance, on a 3-step drop your interior OL will try not to lose any ground. On a 7-step drop the interior OL can drop about 3 yards.

For common drops and protections, the interior OL will drop to a depth of 3 yards and are responsible for maintaining the depth of the pocket. The tackles are then responsible for the width of the pocket and will extend their depth to about 9 yards. On top of that, TEs will often assist in the protection of the edge, many times simply by slowing the speed at which the defender can gain depth and therefore squeeze the pocket. RBs, depending on their coverage, could be responsible for depth or horizontal maintenance. Typically, the RB will want to step up and into the defender, preferably setting no deeper than the heels of the OL, and never in front of the OL.

The Cylinder

There is this idea that an offensive lineman must essentially stay within "the cylinder". This is one of those cute phrases that coaches use to try to give players a picture of what is to happen. While pass blocking, the feet and knees must always maintain a stance outside the hips and the feet should be inside the outside of the ankles. This is the cylinder and it sounds completely confusing when it's simply in writing. All it's really directing is how to place your feet relative to your body. For example, stand up and put your feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Now bend at the knees. If you have a normal stance, you'll see that your feet are still outside your hips but that your knees are generally aligned with your ankles or even outside. So to correct this, kick out your ankles so that they are parallel and once again bend at the knees. You'll notice now that your feet and knees are both outside your hips and your knees are inside the outside of your ankles. This is staying inside the cylinder.

Combined with proper weight distribution, this allows for proper center of gravity, leverage, and balance. If the knee rotates outside the ankle, for instance, the shoulder and hip open up and this creates a soft hip and soft shoulder in which a defender can drive through. Always stay inside the cylinder.

But this is just the lower body. The upper body must ideally remain inside the cylinder as well. This means the upper body should not lean, but rather the back should be flat from the waist through the shoulders vertically. Heck, even the chin should be back and the head up. Leverage comes from the hips. In every way, a pass protector blocks from the hips. While the arms may extend outward to maintain balance upon moving, when set to punch, the arms should drop down the sides of the body and tucked, the hands should be inside with the thumbs up, and the punch must extend out and up from the inside of the body. The offensive lineman will try to squeeze the rushers breast plate right around with his palms out and fingers open, as if, well, as if grabbing the rusher's breasts. So that's the cylinder. It also describes another key pass protection technique: the punch, which will be described more in a second.



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To read about footwork, the punch, RB pass pro, and more, follow the link to Maize n Brew

Friday, November 15, 2013

Inside the Playbook: Pass Protection Schemes

One of the big issues Michigan has been having is in pass protection. If I went into all the complexities and calls of all the different pass protections, you would quickly realize why young players have trouble with this part of the game (to go along with the vast complexities of the run game). There is a reason that offensive linemen are often considered the smartest guys on the field. Well, we're going to go over the basics just to try to get you up to speed a little bit. For briefing sake, there are three different types of blocking schemes: man, gap (zone), and combination.

Man Blocking
BOB. Big on Big; Back on Backer. This is a man blocking scheme that is optimal for many teams because of its ability to get a hat on a hat, an offensive lineman on a defensive lineman, and a back on a preferred LB (if a back is in to block).

First let's look at a world where 5 person blocks exist. Whoever is the uncovered lineman is will be the "double read" blocker. The OL always wants to work to protect against the most immediate threat first. Who that is may depend on defensive tendencies or personal preference, but we're not going to get into that in great depth in this article.

The Big on Big concept will always work to "half-man advantage", that is, a non-center offensive lineman will block a defensive lineman that is lined up directly over top or shaded over him (half-man). Whoever is the bubble offensive lineman (doesn't have anyone over him or shaded outside of him at the snap) will work with the person inside of him (typically an OG and center) to the MIKE (MIKE as defined by the offense, not necessarily the MLB). The center doesn't necessarily follow the half-man concept, he will make a right or left call and that will dictate the blocking scheme

Right Call:
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Notice here that the OG and the OC can work together to pick up the NT and either the MLB or the WLB. In a 5-man blocking scheme, this is a 2-on-3 blocking scheme that can pick up the entire DL and one interior blitzer. It is important to note though that if both LBs blitz, they can't both be picked up, and must be accounted for with a hot read.

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To get a more in-depth look at how man pass protection schemes work, and catch up on gap and combination pass protection schemes work, head over to Maize n Brew with the link.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Power Football Links


I realized the other day that I now have a fairly healthy dose of Power Run breakdowns and how they can be utilized from different looks. At some point I'll get to the open side looks, but for now, he's a collection of the resources I've written about Power blocking.

Primer

Closed Power O

Power from the Spread

Unbalanced Double Lead

Inverted Veer, Power Blocking Schemes, 2nd Lead Adjustement

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

ItP: Power O, Inverted Veer, and the FB Adjustment to Scrape Exchange

Introduction
In the picture pages post today, I feel I noted something of some significance. This isn’t supposed to be a post to puff out my own chest, rather, I merely want to give the other side of the argument my side of the argument for what it really is.

As an aside, there have been numerous people that have constantly misconstrued my argument lately. I understand that by taking a particular unpopular stance so strongly, that I have opened myself up to criticism. But within this article I also want to make clear up some of my stance, so towards the end I will get into some of that. Much of these will be related to the comments I made earlier (if not copy and pasted), the major difference is that I now have the opportunity to add accompanying pictures and diagrams to go with it. This is of importance because football isn’t really a sport that is best described with words. You can try to be as descriptive as possible, but there will always be a certain amount of failure to accurately convey your thoughts through this medium. So the pictures/diagrams help in that regard. So let’s begin.

Set Up and Play Design
I’m going to copy and paste Brian’s set up to his post as he does a good job getting us there.
Michigan comes out with an H-back and two tailbacks in a twins formation, which necessarily means that the slot receiver is not an eligible receiver. Nebraska responds with 7.5 in the box, with the gray area defender just about splitting the difference between Funchess and the tackle.


I’ll get to the covered receiver part later, I want to start off with the basics here about what the intention of this play is. Let’s first start with the most fundamental concept of any run play: the blocking scheme.
Inverted veer works with a Power O blocking scheme. Power is a type of man/gap blocking scheme, while “O” indicates the pulling of the backside guard. A simple power play looks like this.


The inverted veer meanwhile, takes the fullback and erases him. It utilizes the option read to kick out the DE because the DE must commit to the QB or the RB. If the DE commits to the RB, the QB reads this and shoots through the lane inside of him. If the DE commits to the QB, the QB gives to the RB and the RB attacks the edge. Here’s how the inverted veer looks:


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To learn about how the inverted veer and power blocking scheme adjusts to a 6i technique, and how a FB is utilized within the inverted veer framework to counter the scrape exchange, follow the link to MGoBlog

Friday, November 8, 2013

Film Review - Cleaning up Coverage

For the most part Michigan played pretty solid in coverage against MSU, but also had some significant busts that lead to big gains for the Spartans. There have been some questions about a few of the ways that Michigan has worked in coverage, and I'll briefly discuss how Michigan plays man coverage to help clear that up as well. At the end of the day, what you see from this exercise though, is that you can be very good most of the day, but if just a few mistakes get exploited, the opposing team can put up points.

Man Coverage



People have been wondering about if Michigan is doing this right. Namely, the common complaint is not turning back and looking for the ball. In man coverage, once you flip your hips, you have two basic techniques you will play: in-phase (in-sync, in-step, in-line, even) and trail. In-phase means that you have your hip on the front side of their hip and your shoulder on the front side of their shoulder, and you're using your body to gradually deflect them in the direction you want to push them. Trail means pretty much anything else.

When you are in-phase, you can feel where the WR is and feel where he's breaking. You are in contact with him with your body and he can't get around you without going through you, so you don't need to watch him. Otherwise, turning and looking for the ball is only slowing you down or putting you out of position as the receiver continues on his route. So when you are in a trail technique, your focus remains on the receiver and you try to go up and through the face, between the arms, and rake/rip down, only turning looking when you essentially catch back up, or in other terms, get in-phase again.

In this case, the LB never recovers to get back in phase. Instead, he is in a trail position. So what he's doing is reading the receiver's eyes. When he begins looking for the ball and he gets his hands up to catch the ball, Morgan goes up to make a play if the ball is put in a good spot.

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To learn more about coverage techniques, such as how to play outside technique, inside technique, some safety technique things, and LB drop technique, follow the link to Maize n Brew

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Film Review: Wisconsin's 3-4 Against Iowa's 2 TE Offense

This year Wisconsin has switched to a 3-4 defense, and one of the benefits is the benefits it gives verse defenses that try to spread them out horizontally. This can mean how it adapts to spread concepts, but also, how it adapts to many 2-TE personnel groupings that try to gain an advantage by creating more gaps for the defense to fill. The 3-4 puts 5 people on the LOS, it provides outside leverage, it provides strength at the point of attack, and makes it relatively easy for the ILBs to scrape to the ball. Basically, if defenses read their keys, the 3-4 is the perfect defense to handle a 12 personnel offense.

The 3-4 Against Iowa’s 2-TE Set
First, here is how Iowa will want to block this:



Wisconsin’s two DEs (DE and DT) are lined heads up on the OTs in a 4-tech. The ILBs are lined up in a 20 technique, which is heads up on the guards, about 3-4 yards off the LOS. The NT is lined above the center, and both OLBs are lined up in a 9-technique with their inside shoulder just outside of the TEs outside shoulder.

To the playside, the TE is tasked with reaching the OLB and sealing him inside. If he can’t, he will drive him to the sideline. The goal of the OLB is to get up-field about a yard into the backfield, keep his outside arm free, and anchor into that position.

Because the ILBs are lined up directly above the guards, it is unrealistic for the OGs to be able to reach the ILBs on their blocks. Despite having clean releases, the LBs are able to flow to the point of attack before the OGs can get clean blocks on them, meaning that it must come down to the playside OT (PST) and the OC to get out on the ILBs. Well, there are DEs lined up directly above the OTs and the OC, meaning they can’t get free releases. It also means that they have to at least hold the blocks at the point of attack long enough to hold up the DL and allow the OGs to get over and take over those blocks, before finally releasing to the second level.

So now everyone on the interior has a very difficult assignment. The PST must maintain a block on the DE for long enough to allow the OG to come underneath and take over the block on the playside. This must all happen fast enough for the PST to get out onto the ILB before he can scrape across and fill at the point of attack. The same can be said for the OC and backside OG (BSG) getting to the backside ILB.

Now, from these positions, knowing that Iowa is a primarily zone blocking team, Wisconsin will 2 gap with their DL. This means that upon Iowa’s first movement, Wisconsin’s DL will try to get their hat playside of the OL that is blocking them. They will grab and fight and occupy as many offensive linemen as they can to prevent them from reaching the second level. Meanwhile, the ILBs will flow to the ball and fill up, the LB to the primary hole, the backside ILB to the cutback gap. It will look like this:



What you see here is that, no matter what, Wisconsin is getting a free hitter at the point of attack. Either the gaps are filled playside and the RB is forced to cut back into the backside ILB pursuit, or the backside is filled and the free hitter is the playside ILB. Or, better yet for Wisconsin, both ILBs are free hitters because their blockers can’t get out to them in time.

Here’s the video:



How Iowa Adjusted
A common adjustment for zone based run schemes is to switch things up by running a pin and pull scheme. This is still a zone scheme, but it’s a variant.

Here are some ways to block the Pin and Pull variant. Oddly enough, the most similar thing to what Iowa ran was the “Wisconsin Version” that is described in this video.



Here’s how  Iowa ran it:



And here’s the video:


Because the playside features down blocks, the playside defenders are trying to get across the hat of the blocker. That means they are slanting away from the play and into a position that makes it easier to block. The down blocks are easy blocks on the heads up DE and NT, then the pulling players take advantage of the LBs that at least partially flow away from the play because of those same down blocks.

Conclusion
If any play is read correctly, if the defenders properly identify their keys, they can blow up a play. The 3-4 provides a way to read those keys in a zone scheme and beat the offense to the point of attack, getting a free hitter. The pin and pull adjustment takes advantage of this aggressiveness. Contrarily, with the pin and pull adjustment, if the OLB properly reads through the TE to the RB, then he should get upfield and squeeze down, getting the initial blocker in the backfield. This makes it nearly impossible for the second puller to get around to the ILB he is supposed to block because he has to not only loop around the whole play, but also gain more depth because the first puller got hit in the backfield.

But at the end of the day, this is easier said than done. The 3-4 puts the defense in a position that it is relatively easy to succeed if they make reads and react quickly. But it still takes reading the keys and acting quickly. It’s easier here than out of other formations, because it fills gaps at the point of attack and allows the LBs to flow freely, but that also means that those same players can just as quickly get out of position and taken advantage of if they fail to read their keys. That’s the thing with football. Every offense can be read correctly, but it still takes quick reactions and reads to successfully execute. And that is why football isn’t played on a chalk board.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Inside the Playbook - MSU's Nickel Seam MIKE 3

For how basic much of MSU’s defense is, on third downs when the offense is behind the sticks, the Spartan’s defense is anything but. Much of the focus is on Narduzzi’s blitz package, and often rightfully so. But what I took away from Saturday’s game against Michigan was a very interesting coverage on the back end. In this post we’ll look at how Narduzzi pulled out a very unique Cover 3 look (some have called it an inverted Tampa 2 defense, which it kind of is, but I honestly think it’s closer to a cover 3) and we’ll discuss why this is such an effective context within the scheme that MSU often runs.

MSU’s Cover 4
I’ll briefly discuss the Cover 4 just to give a primer of what it looks like. Basically, the cover 4 will look like a flat back. Two safeties will be even about 10 yards off the LOS and will not retreat on the snap. They have responsibility for the #2 receiver, while the CBs on the outside will essentially be playing man coverage on the #1 receivers.


Tampa 2
There is a slight but significant difference between Cover 2 and Tampa 2. Cover 2, as most know from their basic understanding of football, has two high safeties and is generally strong underneath, with the outside CBs taking the flats, and the LBs taking the zones in between.


The weakness here is in the corner, or perhaps more significantly, in the “hole”, which is the void in between the two safeties and the MLB. This is attacked with digs or posts and are difficult to defend, especially if the safeties also get threats to the outside.

So to adjust, football coaches decided to give a similar look but take away that void. As per usual, they also gave this a name and some weird lingo. Tampa 2 was actually developed by the ’75 Steelers, but it became famous when Dungy ran it heavily for the Buccaneers.  So that’s the cute name. As for the weird lingo, well, the MIKE will get sent down “the pipe”, which is the middle alley in the defense. This essentially turns the defense into a three high coverage, although the two safeties will generally still play a deep half to cover some of the deficiencies of LBs in coverage.



MSU’s Initial Alignment
This is a set up that I looked at earlier in the season, and this is just another wrinkle to it. I previously explained several ways that MSU could get pressure (or at least fake pressure) and run a solid cover 3system. Then they did this, which took advantage of some of the strengths of the defenses I discussed, but added the advantage of looking initially like cover 4.


We’ll call this alignment Nickel Seam, because that seems like an easy thing to call it and I feel like calling it something to make my life easier.

Nickel Seam Cover 3 Boundary Safety Blitz
Here’s how you would expect this to look, and possibly why you can justify calling it an inverted Tampa 2.


This would make sense and would be safe. This would put players in position off of their initial alignment. Rather than get two safeties to play seams to out as they did against ND, it would get a LB and a safety, but that’s alright, they’re playing underneath. It’s preferable to have more speed underneath maybe, but it’s also to have that speed in the deep third, so yeah.

But no, that’s not what MSU decided they were going to do. Narduzzi decided he was going to blow up the QB’s reads completely, and make this look almost exactly like a cover 4 look.

Here’s how this looks right after the snap.


Notice how the FS has stepped into the seam and the field SS has stayed in the seam. Gardner knows pressure is coming, which is fine, but this looks almost exactly like cover 4 behind that, which in general because straight man. But this isn’t cover 4, despite what it looks like.

Like I said when I last wrote about this defensive alignment, there are only 2 underneath defenders. They know that they are blitzing, and they know, or at least assume, that because of that pressure the QB will have to go to the initial direction he looks. As soon as the QB looks, both break in that direction.

Here’s what the coverage looks like in a basic sense



And here’s what it looks like after the QB commits his eyes.



So the coverage looks like cover 4 but has defenders that are shooting underneath anything to the outside. Tricky, tricky.

FWIW, I call this a cover 3 because the CBs don’t squeeze inside like they would in something that constitutes a Tampa 2 look. They generally stay outside on the #1 and play their deep third. There is no way they make a play in the center of the field here, they are looking for the MIKE to do that. This is a straight cover 3 look with the MLB taking the place of the FS.

Here's the video (wait for the replay to get a better view)


Etc.
This shows improvement that MSU has made in this coverage since the Notre Dame game. In that game, the seam safety failed to read the QB’s eyes quickly enough and break underneath the throw to the sideline.

This also shows how Gardner, who has struggled with his reads a bit this year, needs to trust his WR more. If he keeps his eyes to the center of the field just a little longer, and then sets and throws quickly to the sideline, he completes this pass to an open Gallon. But it’s about trusting your read and your receiver, and to an extent, your line.


Why your line? Well, Gardner actually had more time here than he anticipated. Frankly, he anticipated he had less time than he did because by this point he had already been beat up a lot. But if he holds his eyes in the center of the field, he can then get a better feel of the actual coverage, key the underneath defender, and pick on him by going outside in with his reads. In fact, here there may be enough time for him to work outside, #2, to the opposite side of the field, which is absolutely wide open at this point. But that’s a tough thing to ask a college QB who has been hit a lot already.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Inside the Playbook - Ways of Dictating MSU's Defense

In this post we are going to look at a few different options that Michigan's offense has to get MSU a bit out of their comfort zone and to try to take advantage with favorable match-ups. In this instance, the run game would just be simpler to explain, so we'll focus more on how Michigan can do some things to present favorable match-ups for Michigan's passing attack.

Stack/Bunch Formations
Michigan under Borges helm has not shied away from stack or bunch formations. While they don't run them as often as I would like them to be run, they are quite prevalent within the offense. Against MSU's press coverage it makes sense to run them more. Why you may ask.
Well here's MSU's coverage normally.

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Here is how they adjust

Stack
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Bunch
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The big difference is that they no longer press the outside, instead preferring to play and in/out release against the stack and an in/out high/low against bunch.

What this allows is for the Michigan receivers to get off the line cleanly and into their routes. More than that, it forces MSU's DBs to pick up the receivers after they have gotten into their routes, which is necessarily an awful position to be in, but it does make it more difficult for them to dictate and control where the receiver can run.

From this they can run a variety of concepts to isolate themselves on certain receivers. With protection, this gives Gardner time to make a relatively easy read: throw to the receiver that doesn't get help. This is a key way that Michigan can stretch the field or run triangle concepts to pick on the LBs underneath or isolated DBs over the top.

Like all things there is downside here though. This, for the most part, completely negates any WR screen ability. Bubbles are nearly impossible (they are very difficult against a standard alignment) because you can't get outside leverage on the block. Throw backs are difficult because the aiming points and runs are directly in front of the DBs (the only advantage here is that you already have them off the LOS). With the stack, you are also really losing the ability to attack outside in that direction because you have no way of protecting the alley. Any sort of even off tackle run is easily threatened off the edge because the crack block is difficult to reach. Which brings up the last point: MSU can blitz DBs from this because it's difficult to get into routes quickly with enough separation to run good, quick, hot routes. So when these are run, they must be run with care.
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To look at a few other ways that Michigan can align to attempt to get favorable match ups, follow the link to Maize n Brew.