I don't neccessarily disagree. With what I'm about to say, talent disclaimers apply but Oregon is an example of a team that doesn't do anything fancy running the football. They have done some jet stuff and things like that but it really isn't that intricate. What they do, do, is constrain the ever living crap out of defenses. I have been meaning to do something like this on my site but I just haven't gotten it done but here goes:
They will line up similar to how we do and you can tell whether it's inside or outside zone. If the HB is behind the QB it's inside. If hes slightly in front it's outside. They are telling where the play is headed. Now, will they always go with how it lines up? No, of course not because defenses would kill that. The rest comes in execution. Let's say they line up for outside zone. If the defense cheats and flows hard to cut off the outside, the line just basically, let's them go, seals the backside and creates this huge cutback lane. That's in execution. This is all pretty simply explained but it's the general idea and that's constraint. Let the defense know your intention and then use that against them. That's constraint. Another good example was Denard Robinson in 2010. Again, talent disclaimes because he is one of the most dynamic runners of all time, but Michigan ran a simple QB zone with him and a lead blocker in the begginning of the year. It killed teams. What did RichRod do? He added a slot receiver releasing straight down the field. That was constraining the safety.
Now, we obviously don't have that talent. I will concede that. Once everyone lines up, I'm not sure that matters. The linebackers/Dline and safeties aren't sitting there saying "They can't run that even if I don't get there." They are saying "Get to the POA and make a play." If you can do something really well that helps but I'm not sure it is a necessity to be able to do things like this. When I watch defenses play us, I see defenses going hard for where we line up. If it looks like outside zone they are busting *** over there and we are simply trying to block that up without ever punishing people for basically cheating the play. I would love to see our Oline seal the backside, let the playside defenders screw themselves and create a huge running lane on the cutback. You do have to have RBs that can see that develop, though. I don't know if we have that or not. White seems like a get it and go type of guy and I'm not sold on Johnsons vision just yet.
This isn't the best example but you can see that the QB has read the DE contain and handed off. You can also see that James has made a cut back to the right and the Oline on the playside has started pushing to the boundary. The two backside linemen have gotten to the second level. That's huge yardage.
Excellent analysis. Oregon is a great example of efficiency on offense. Rather then banking on the O-line to get a push up front they let the defense get themselves out of position and then the O-line has a huge advantage. They don't have to sustain blocks for as long either because their defender is already out of position on the play. Oregon's offense is lethal because of the elite playmakers they have and that can't be replicated as a whole but some of their specific plays are so brilliant and simple that just about any spread team could run a few of them and have success.
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Since we are throwing around terms like "Football IQ" I have another one, "Crack under pressure" It's a little easier to look good in practice, when you know you aren't going to get crushed, even if someone gets right through line. One of our QBs looks good in practice and cracks under pressure.
That's hardly a nice thing to say about Barnett's performance at the and of the game against K-State, and in the Pinstripe Bowl.
As I've stated above, I would support any guy who's out there. Why does everyone always think the back-up is the savior though? There's a reason he's not playing, and that reason is not because he was blowing up the league with his spectacular in game performances.
Good point. Now the backup has had his chance, time to put the starter back in!
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