North Dakota State favors complexity and development in their program on both sides of the ball. Against a good smashmouth spread team in James Madison that served them well on defense but poorly on offense. Read about it at Football Study Hall. The dilemma of matching explosive, spread offense with a disciplined D is one … [Read more…]
We covered some of this in our “market inefficiencies in Big 12 recruiting” but over at Football Study Hall I talked about what kinds of players are rated as 3-stars but have the chance to be much better.
Over at Football Study Hall I suggest “the offense formerly known as pro-style” as a moniker for these offenses that go under center and use fullbacks and tight ends to run the ball since the pros are moving further and further away from this style.
Over at Football Study Hall I took a stab at updating my theories on the value of the fullback in modern offense. I think Gus Malzahn is largely to credit for the rise of the H-back who’s a de-facto fullback, I like to call this position the “Hammer-back.” It used to be that 4-verticals was the … [Read more…]
Notre Dame hopped aboard the spread offense much more quickly than many other blue blood powers but it’s taken them longer than many to adopt RPOs in their offense. Well it looks like that’ll no longer be the case with the hiring of new OC Chip Long from Memphis. I broke down some of Memphis’ offensive … [Read more…]
I did just that over at SB Nation. Examining all the winning calls that brought down Alabama just brings into clearer picture how the key to beating the Tide is being able to throw the ball at a high level. Like last year, the Tide trying to be cautious with their pass-rush to allow them … [Read more…]
I can honestly say I saw that coming. I reviewed what we’d learned from last year’s matchup between these two teams and I did a big stat/unit breakdown on Football Outsiders where I boiled things down to: There are three elite units in this game, two of them are Clemson’s (their O and D). Alabama’s offense … [Read more…]
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…]
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…]