Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Coaching Points: Oregon vs MSU, 2015

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Offense: Lots of personnel groups, but mostly between 11 personnel, 12 personnel, and 21 personnel. More zone blocking than against WMU which worked really well.
Defense: Same old same. More MEG in this game compared to the MOD to the field they did against WMU.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

PODCAST: Breakdown Nebraska/BYU on 1620 the Zone

I got a chance to join Unsportsmanlike Conduct over at 1620 The Zone. Segment 14 on the day, take a listen if you get a chance.


B5Q - Wisconsin football: Evaluating the Badgers' defense vs. Alabama

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I participated in a Q & A over at Bucky's 5th Quarter recently about what went wrong, and a bit about what went right against Alabama.

Wisconsin's defense has been a top-five squad in terms of total defense since the arrival of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, but the Badgers ran into a very talented Alabama offense on Saturday led by junior running back Derrick Henry in a 35-17 loss at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Following the loss of redshirt senior safety Michael Caputo, a captain and pronounced leader of the Badgers' defense, Wisconsin gave up 502 yards -- including 274 on the ground.

The Badgers mostly applied a base 3-4 scheme, along with 2-4-5 "peso" nickel package of two defensive linemen as pseudo-defensive tackles, four linebackers and five defensive backs in certain situations to counter Alabama's 11 personnel and other looks the Tide used to throw off Wisconsin.

To help us break down the effort and what went right/wrong for the Badgers, I asked the help of B5Q friend and colleague, SpaceCoyoteBDS -- as he is far smarter than I. You can also read his breakdown of the game seen here.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Coaching Points: BYU vs Nebraska, 2015

FRANCIS GARDLER/Lincoln Journal Star
Offense: Mostly 11 personnel, mostly gun, but mixed in a bit more under center stuff than last year
Defense: Started heavy with Cover 4 (looked like MOD), switched to more single-high in 2nd half

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Coaching Points: Wisconsin vs Alabama, 2015

Offense: Inside Zone base with Power O mixed in. Lots of 21 and 12 personnel, mix of under center and gun
Defense: One-gap 3-4, mostly Cover 1

Coaching Points: Michigan State vs Western Michigan, 2015

All photos from: Mike Mulholland |
Offense: Mostly man/gap schemes with zone sprinkled in. Still lots of 2-man pass concepts. Multiple personnel/formations.
Defense: Still Cover 4 base, a ton more MOD coverage, particularly to the field. Lots of 5 zone behind 6 man pressure.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Coaching Points: Michigan vs Utah, 2015

Melanie Maxwell | The Ann Arbor News
Offense: Almost even split gun and under center. Man blocking mostly. Lots of personnel groupings.
Defense: Single high defense, mostly Cover 1. Ran mostly nickel grouping with over front and 3 down DL.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Inside the Playbook: Breaking Down Michigan's DL Scheme and Personnel

Recently on MGoBlog, Brian wrote a piece previewing the defense as far as his expectations. In the past couple days, he's also discussed the Defensive Line and looked at the recently released Michigan depth chart. A question keeps arising, unknowingly getting answered, and then asked again. It's a common confusion, and an understandable one when looking at nomenclature of football.

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In this post, I'm going to look at Michigan's DL and why Henry is playing 5-Tech (nominally, from now on called End) and Wormley is playing 3-Tech (nominally, from now on called Tackle).