Friday, June 15, 2012

Acceptable Memes

Oh hai!
I realize this blog has been on life support for some time now.  I have been out of pocket for the past few months unplugging and managing a major life change.  Thankfully, I was able to join a successful program to contribute in the Spring, affording myself a great opportunity to be around some great coaches who taught me a lot and some special students that helped me stay a little younger.

I intend to kick things off in the coming months with the new season approaching and hope to take a more meaningful look at the prevailing trends we will likely see in the next season or two.

In the meantime, I'd like to just pass some thoughts on where we'll be headed (with the intent to flesh out the details soon).  Particularly, I'd like to touch on the trends we will likely encounter more and more teams adopting....

In my opinion, these would be:
Offenses all going to 1-back gun with a flex Y, but relying more and more on the "H" (F) as a swing player or personnel change-up ala Chad Morris at Clemson.  Something that provides not just a convenient bridge between 2-back and 1-back, but looking to capitalize on a +2 factor inside or leverage on the perimeter (like Boise State was back in the 2006).  So we'll get more and more teams that can truly go 4 wide or pro set legitimately with the same personnel.  Not just "spread teams" that can go 2-back (Malzahn), but offenses that intend to stretch the box defenders cheaply and open up the perimeter by adding a receiver inside (Holgerson, Franklin).

I'm thinking defenses are going to try to distill themselves down even further by loading up the secondary with everything they can handle (run all coverages out of simplified banjo principles) but being completely isolated from the fronts.  I see defenses getting away from the 3 deep 3 under shit in favor of more matchup-man (banjo) pressures with a front comprised of 5 box defenders with 1 'tweener' (WLB) that will adjust into the boundary.

As these attacks get more simplified (not many concepts at all), it will be reduced down to just 1st and 3rd down situations based on field and boundary
One thing that I can't ignore from La Tech this past spring was the, eh, resigned attitude of Tony Franklin (that more and more OC's are admitting) that they are only going to run what they are going to run (if they kids can't get it after a week, then "fuck it", they will just throw it out (despite the prideful ego of most OCs that pearl-clutch on their favorite concepts).  If they can tie it to a counter, great, if not...they'll move on.  It kind of goes against the theory of "coaching", but its ultimately about results, eh?  
don't keep adding - keep it simple 

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UPDATE: I see the almighty marketing conglomerate, "The NFL ©™®" has begun offering choice subscription packages to it's suckers  fans with streaming video of licensed broadcasts online.

Among the options is the ability to view endzone and sideline film.  

For the industrious sort who would like to retain a copy for themselves, there is no sanctioned way of downloading or ordering that video.  However, hypothetically one could download "The NFL ©™®" streaming broadcasts easily with a Firefox add-on (found here: ( ).  
*this tool also works on this site, as well.

Once the add-on is installed, simply navigate to the site that is streaming video and select 'play'.  The toolbar/add-on will be enabled once any content is recognized.  Select the content you want to download, where you want to save it to, and it will download the content (likely streaming as an .mp4 video).  

It looks like "The NFL ©™®" has annoyingly hosted the video in 02 second blocks, so you will have to piece the entire package together with video editing software later (HUDL Mercury does this really well), but it is captured nonetheless.


This is all in theory.  
I would never advocate going against the wishes of "The NFL ©™®behemoth.