Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Let's Speak Technique: OSU's Chris Ash on Press Coverage

Upon hiring Chris Ash away from Iowa State, OSU switched from primarily a Cover 6 look to a press Cover 4 base. The change was part of a plan to put more pressure on the offense, from the front 7 to the back 4. And there is no bigger push in college football than the implementation of press coverage. All coaches have their tweaks to the technique based on leverage, offensive formation, play call, and player abilities. After the jump, Chris Ash goes into detail from his ISU days about Man Press technique.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Inside the Playbook: Minnesota's Basic Run Game Attack

Originally posted at Maize n Brew on 5/29/2014

Associated Press
Minnesota is one of the most run heavy teams not only in the B1G, but in all of college football. And not only are they just heavy in terms of how much they run the football, but they are the true essence of a team that wants to be a powerful running force. The majority of their runs come between the tackles in the form of inside zone, Power O to the RB, or Power O from the QB. With so much power on the field though, they tend to lack the speed to threaten the edges. Their way of getting the football to the edge then, isn't by subbing in different personnel or by running WR screens, but utilizing in a variety of ways their WRs to run sweeps. Not only has this become prevalent in their offense, but they have used it very well to set up other runs as well. In this article, we will look quickly at the Golden Gophers base run game, and more how they work off of that to set up the rest of their playbook.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Coaching Points: Wisconsin 2015 Spring Game

Base O - 12 or 21 personnel; Inside Zone and Power O base runs.
Base D - One-Gap 3-4; Cover 1 with a SS robber

Also, check out the PODCAST

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PODCAST: Wisconsin Spring Game Review and 2015 Preview

Comes up when you Google Search "Buck Around"
Had the opportunity to join the guys at Buck Around for another podcast, this time to discuss Wisconsin's 2015 spring game and preview the 2015 season. Always fun to talk football, and discussing it in mid-June with others is always a joy.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BDS: Breakout B1G Players in 2015

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Now that I've watched all the Spring Games that I could DVR, I wanted to go through and give people a look at players that I think could breakout in 2015. In order to determine a "breakout" player, I went through and did a few things:
  1. If you were on an All-B1G Media or Coaches team, I took you out
  2. Honestly, people know Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliot, Darren Lee, those guys are out
  3. There are a few players I don't think get the mention they deserve but are on an All-B1G team, I put them on the ineligible list just to bring them up, but they aren't on my 1st or 2nd team
  4. If you're a former 5-star recruit, people probably know you. Christian Hackenberg, Malik McDowell, Lawrence Thomas, Jabrill Peppers, and all you other 5-stars, you're out.
Alrighty, so that took out a lot of players actually. So how do I determine who is the 1st team and who's 2nd team, and who's honorable mention? I don't really know, this was a poorly formulated exercise. I can tell you it isn't strictly on how I expect them to perform next year. Guys listed before others aren't necessarily going to be better or worse. I don't think it's based on the level of "breakout" for a player either. So it's kind of a highly-subjective mix of both. Oh well. The point is to give people names to watch out for.

Oct 11, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Mike Dudek (18) rushes with the football after catching a pass as Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Leon Jacobs (32) chases from behind during the fourth quarter at Camp Randall Stadium.   Wisconsin won 38-28.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Hanisch / USA TODAY Sports
Some, like OL, I didn't fill out an entire two-deep. OL is a bit tougher to do quite honestly. Lots of guys could break out in that group, and with OL, things click at different times or people come out of nowhere and there isn't always a ton of rotation, so it's a bit more difficult to judge. There are also a bunch of guys at that position that will be what people already think they are (Donovan Clark, for instance); good players, but I wouldn't label them "breakout".

Hit the jump to check out the teams.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Let's Speak Technique: Form Tackling and Rugby Tackling

A new trend is taking over football in the form of a tackling technique known as "the rugby tackle". Popularized initially by Pete Carroll out in Seattle, it was recently adapted by Ohio State's Defensive Coordinator Chris Ash prior to the Buckeye's 2014 run to the national title.

In this article, I want to discuss the techniques of what I term "form tackling" and "rugby tackling". I am of the opinion that form tackling is a sound, safe, an efficient form of playing defensive football. I also believe rugby tackling to be highly effective. So what is my preference? Between the two, I personally don't have one; my preference is for safe, technically sound tackling that prevents the ball carrier from picking up yards and getting my defense off the field. It is my conviction that the importance lies in the technique and the ability to get your players to buy into that importance. So let's start tackling this subject (that pun had to happen, I apologize).

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Coaching Points: Rutgers 2015 Spring Game

All images from Amanda Marzullo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Base O - Mostly 21 personnel, off-set I. A bit of 11 personnel from gun. Mix of zone runs with Power O to counter.

Base D - 4-3 Under was the standard, but they played a bit of 3-4 as well is certain situations. Mostly a two-high safety look, lots of Cover 2 and Cover 6; passive defense.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Meta: Happy Birthday

Apparently I missed this blogs birthday. I am not a good father to my blog. Anyway, the blog is now over two years old and has steadily been getting more and more readers, which I really appreciate.

Dog happy for cupcake, unhappy he has to wear a stupid hat
Thank you to all the blogs that have linked me along the way; as well as the radio interviews and podcasts.

A few I'd like to thank personally:

The Champaign Room

The Crimson Quarry
Punt John Punt

Maize n Brew
GBM Wolverine
247 Michigan Board

Michigan State
The Only Colors
Red Cedar Message Board

The Daily Gopher

Corn Nation
Husker Board
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Nebraska Radio)

Inside NU

Ohio State
Land-Grant Holy Land
Eleven Warriors

Bucky's 5th Quarter
Buck Around

All-Around Football
James Light Blog

As always, if you have requests for things you'd like to see, I'm all ears. If you'd like more content of your team, the easiest way for me to see interest is from linking my stuff. As you can see, there is a gap with some of the teams above that shows I haven't been able to reach the entire B1G as I'd like to do; hopefully this upcoming year can change that.

Now we'll get back to regularly scheduled programming with Coaching Points of Rutgers and Wisconsin coming up, plus some more posts on the Cover 4, etc.