A huge help to me in getting started in the world of football X’s and O’s and understanding the game’s strategies and developments was reading Chris Brown’s “Smart Football” website and then his Grantland column. He was good enough to send me a free copy of his second book which along with his first catalogue a … [Read more…]
Read about it at Football Study Hall! The biggest factor was undoubtedly that Clelin Ferrell dominated the Ohio State OL and they were awful at LG after Michael Jordan went down. He had four tackles, three behind the line of scrimmage and one on a sack, but he was involved in a few other instances … [Read more…]
Matt Rhule made a couple of big moves this past weekend when he filled out his offensive staff by hiring Matt Lubick (Co-OC/WR coach for Oregon) and Jeff Nixon (TE coach for San Francisco 49er’s) to be the co-offensive coordinators in Waco. The rest of the staff includes Texas HS fave Joey McGuire from Cedar … [Read more…]
On one hand it’s rather disappointing that neither Washington nor Ohio State were able to provide Clemson or Alabama with enough of a challenge to give us a good game. On the other hand, I was exhausted from traveling with an 18-month old anyways so I can’t complain that I was able to fall asleep … [Read more…]
If Washington can’t stop the QB-read run game for Alabama, this game won’t be much fun to watch. Check out my preview on how that will go down over at SB Nation.
These playoffs are pretty intriguing and I’m looking forward to taking them in much more than a year ago when the Bama-Michigan State game was foolishly broadcast on New Year’s Eve when we were all trying to party. Alabama vs Washington might be similarly lopsided, but at least the timing will be better. More on … [Read more…]
At SB Nation I broke down the Citrus Bowl matchup, which I’ve characterized as basically being Lamar Jackson vs Derrius Guice. Check out that post for a glimpse of the big time battle between Dave Aranda and his LSU D vs Bobby Petrino and the option attack he installed for Lamar Jackson. I also discuss … [Read more…]
Generally teams spend much of their bowl practices nailing down what they’ll need to win their bowl game…but two weeks is a long time and most coaches can’t help but get some basic install and work in with their younger players. For a game like Florida State vs Michigan, the ‘Noles are going to want … [Read more…]
Over at Vice Sports I penned a piece on why it is that three out of the four playoff teams are led by running quarterbacks. The key pieces are these: Spread-option tactics are really taking off right now as offensive coordinators are finding that there isn’t really a running scheme that exists which you can’t … [Read more…]
Over at Football Study Hall I explained why your team’s new head coach (or next head coach) is from the AAC.