February 20, 2015 at 6:31 pm #18626
Interesting article in the Brown and White today about how AC & the staff is pushing for more competition among all the players, and even the 31 freshman that are coming in. What are some key positions where you guys can see some fierce competition between Spring Ball/Fall camp?February 20, 2015 at 7:19 pm #18627
Nice article by Alex. DL #1 area. Notice Andy’s comment that during season ,staff figured out they didn’t have pieces for 3-4 . Hell,we haven’t had that since Chagani graduated. Cant run a 3. DL with DEs as your starters.Stubbs,Caveness,and ? Expect we’ll see lots of underclassmen on D.
Upping intensity of off season workouts great news. Noticed player’s tweets ,more 6AMs both running and wghts. Guys seem gung ho for thd
em. Good sign.
O is pretty well set except for RB and TE. Leigh and the 3 frosh. Ruhl only TE that got any PT.February 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm #18628
Rich you see it staying at a 3-4 this year or think they go back to the 4-3? found it interesting that this incoming class is loaded with linebackers. Think there’s some great impact guys on both sides of this class that have a lot of potential IMO. Very curious to see how RB battle shakes out. At the very least these guys coming in will create more competition and push older guys. creating competition is a great thing.February 20, 2015 at 9:30 pm #18630
This is only IMO but tactically I vastly prefer a 3-4 or 3-3-5 defense over a 4-3, especially at our level of football. The 4-3 is common, but less versatile than the 3-4 when it’s working on all cylinders. Kotulski’s 3-4 with Al Pierce/Mike Groome in the center and Chagani at the node – that’s how it’s done.
The linchpins to the 3-4 to me are an effective NG and a duo of ILBs that clog up the middle. That’s what we had with Chagani/Groome/Pierce. This past season we struggled at all three positions, so we struggled as a unit. I’m hoping that a true tackling machine emerges from the roster this April.
I grew up admiring the Saints’ 3-4 “Dome Patrol” with one of the best linebacking units in the NFL at the time. Sam Mills and Vaughn Johnson were the perfect duo in the middle, while the veteran Rickey Jackson and the younger Pat Swilling would cause matchup problems because you’d never know where the hurt was coming from.
Everyone’s opinions vary, but I love the 3-4.February 20, 2015 at 9:39 pm #18631
without the big NG and ILBs at least 225, it is a recipe for disaster as we saw last yearFebruary 20, 2015 at 10:35 pm #18632
Thought we should switch 2 yrs ago,no NG. This year ,no we have the players now for 3-4 . Sophs bring a lot of size to DL. Andy finally got a NG in Whitely. We have 6-7 ILBs now. Gotta move one or both Caslow a.d Ripanti outside. My guess Ripanti will move out to W side. With a better DL the domino collapse in the D from front to back that has plagued the D for last two years should fade away.February 21, 2015 at 5:01 am #18633
This is an outstanding story. Impressed at how candid Andy was with student journalist, who was no homer here …
Good to see them taking 3-8 seriously.February 21, 2015 at 5:51 am #18634
Damn,the slide goes much faster than the rebuild. Think Andy has done a very good job facing the issue and dealing with them. Now work’em out and coach them up.
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