I am watching the replay right now and on the first drive by UNI, we blitzed twice. Both times we were burnt in the secondary for 1st downs.
In my book, that's not effective.
Wow...thats embarrassing. We should be able to get pressure on UNI with 4 guys, and we can't even break through on a blitz?! I wish I'd tivo'd that game, cause I'd like to see that for myself. We must not disguise our blitzes well because there is no excuse for that.
One thing I've seen other schools do well is delayed blitzes....this might work well with our personnel, cause you need fast linebackers to pull it off. However, these sorts of packages usually work well in conjunction with bump and run coverage, which I'm not sure I've seen us do in some time.
I wouldn't mind them mixing up and disguising coverages in an attempt to create some sort of havoc on defense.
This was pretty much my point. If you have a weak secondary and don't get pressure on the QB with vanilla schemes, you get eaten alive by the short passign games and your opponent rack up the yards and pass for like 70% completion rates. Add in some bad tackling and you really have problems.
I would rather they mix it up some, bring some pressure from different directions. Parker is the kind of size and speed he could be switching between LB and DE and standing up on the edge or down in three points off the tackle, dropping into the flat for coverage from the 3 point stance, going from 4-3 to 3-4 and occasionally bringing a safety or a corner.
Playing the base D and just giving up as many yards as we are isn't working, and will work less as the season wears on, and teams start making fewer penalties. At this level, you can't just wait for the other team's O to self destruct. It works in high school, but not D-1A, unless you have a really good offense. Do we have a really good offense?
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