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…]
Over at SB Nation I broke down Oregon’s horrible defense Under Brady Hoke and how Jim Leavitt will look to correct issues fresh off his triumph at Colorado. What really stands out from watching Colorado is just how well coached their players were on the art of football itself moreso than their specific roles or … [Read more…]
It seems the Spartans are completely falling apart, right on schedule.
Currently the 1st team Longhorn safety lineup includes John Bonney, who started 11 games or so at cornerback between the last few seasons. That’s caused some degree of consternation amongst Texas fans who are convinced he’s a liability, or an indication that more talented players aren’t coming through. I have a different take, which I … [Read more…]
Over at Football Study Hall I talk about new Wisconsin DC Jim Leonhard, a former walk-on and 3x All-B1G safety who then had a nice run in the NFL working with Rex Ryan. It stands to reason that Wisconsin would eventually be coordinated by a former walk-on since they have a few of them starting … [Read more…]
Jeff Brohm is bringing an RPO/hybrid/check-heavy spread offense to Purdue, which should be pretty fun to behold over the next several years. It was fun to look back at the old Drew Brees Purdue offense in order to do this writeup. That team was running QB draw from empty formations, rolling out empty sets with … [Read more…]
My favorite thing about the combine is getting concrete, carefully measured numbers for players that we’ve watched for years but only had BS numbers on from what their colleges measured and reported or numbers from SPARQ tests when they were juniors in high school. I wish we could get numbers on more players, but the … [Read more…]
I asked that question over at Football Study Hall while examining stats from some of 2016’s better fast and slow teams. Again and again it seems that a precision passing game has a lot of the effects on a game in terms of dictating tempo and style, wearing down the opponent, and protection the defense … [Read more…]
You can read up for FREE over at Inside Texas on some of the more important targets for Texas in recruiting this year and why they are so important.
It was really an eye opening moment when the Patriots snagged Eastern Illinois signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft. They took him fairly high, for one, which indicated that they really liked his skill set. Also interesting, he was coming from a “Veer and Shoot” offense at Eastern Illinois … [Read more…]