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I was reading an article about Manny Diaz's schemes at Texas and something really stuck out to me.
"Instead of telling a player to “blitz the A gap”, he will sell it as “you blitz the guard”. The philosophy is to take the path of least resistance; the quickest way to disrupt the passer. The blitzer will fight the soft shoulder of the blocker (not try to struggle where the blocker is strong). If the blocker sets hard inside, the blitzer has the freedom to bounce his path and fight the soft (outside) shoulder and take the easiest way to the quarterback."
It's weird to see him saying that he basically tells players to not worry about gap responsibility. The Texas defense this year was not gap sound against the run and this would seem to be a key reason why. It just seems to fly in the face of conventional wisdom on the defensive side of the ball.
Nice break down, thanks for sharing
Good find. His reasoning is the main reason why our defense struggled this year. Must have gap integrity, IMO. The offenses are too wide open in the conference for us to strictly rush the QB. The only reason why it worked his first year is because we had 2 senior LBs who ended up drafted or made NFL rosters. Our LBs this year were seeing their first true playing time outside of Edmonds who I believe is a better DE than LB. Manny has to have a good year or else he has no chance at transitioning to being a head coach in 2014.
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Good thread. The concept is a little odd in that the majority of Big 12 offenses are mostly inside and outside zone concepts. The days of telling the running back his running path is through C gap is over. Outside zone for the running back by design is the path of least resistance, so if your defensive philosophy with your linebackers are "inside or outside your blocker", then you like lose with either choice.
Exactly what I was thinking. From watching our offense and Johnny this year it's pretty obvious how much of a difference it makes between attacking the right and wrong shoulder of an o-lineman. If you let your LBs and ends make a choice without being in concert with the guys next to and behind them you're going to end up with wide open windows everywhere.
Slightly off topic but, I'm batting around the idea of going back and watching through the OU game and trying to do a bit of breakdown/analysis of the offense so we have a little bit of an idea what we may see next year. Would y'all want to read that? I don't want to do it all and get a lot of "Lol too long didn't read" from y'all.
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