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Extra Gaps

Inside Zonin’:  In the fourth drive Dallas lined up in 13 personnel (1 OL moonlighting as a TE) with a bunch of big uglies to the left of the center and just two guys to the right.  They ran it inside and destroyed our nose tackle with a double:

insidezone1

Both Hood and Baker got doubled with Hood getting discarded out the way.  One Dallas blocker from each double team was able to climb up to the 2nd level and double Foster.  On coaches film you can see our pre-snap alignment had Foster (54) lined up in between Hood and Baker:

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Breakdown: Defense vs Cowboys (I)

Note:  The idea for these Breakdowns come from a Michigan blog called mgoblog.com.  Brian Cook is the founder of that site and if you want to find where all good things on the internet come from you should check out his site.  He’s got the football acumen of Belichick and the writing chops of David Foster Wallace-adjace.  You can’t ask for a better combo than that so check it out.  Unless youre a buckeye, in which case you should check out Ross Fulton at rivals.com by clicking here.   He has got some great Xs and Os but like Ohio State recruits, you gotta pay for it (take that!)


Lining Up:

We tried a few different looks versus Dallas’ 11 (1RB, 1TE) personnel, first we tried a 2-4-5 look:

2 DL, 4 LBs, 5 DBs
2 DL, 4 LBs, 5 DBs

Smith blows a zone coverage, Dez gets an eighteen yard gain.  So we scratched that and tried a 3-3-5 look:

335vs11

They hit Dez for a 17 yard gain–this was more a function of a poor pass rush–so we scratched that formation and stuck with our ol’ reliable Nickel defense.  We stayed in Nickel for 39% of all snaps.  (I didn’t chart 4 plays because they were run-out-the-clock runs prior to half and end of the game.)

Any formation that had 2 backs or 2+ tight ends we responded with our 3-4 front which puts 5 guys on the line of scrimmage:

34vsbig

Personnel was same as last week except Reyes didn’t play so Francois and Jenkins got a lot of snaps.  DHall played a ton of strong safety and matched up on-one-on with the tight end where as last week he was more of a free safety playing deep coverage.

On with the Show:

“[Zeke] had a few big breaks”  I think the drive that is annoying Francois is the 5th one which was the 1st drive of the 2nd half.  Throughout the 1st half the Cowboys ran it outside with zone and we slanted our line to get into the backfield and stop it.  Here they come out in 12 (1 RB, 2TE) personnel which means we come out in our 5 man line 3-4.  They run it at Francois and Smith, Francois penetrates and blows up the play:

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Formation Things:

We came out in a 3-2-6 on four 3rd and longs:

3-2-6

That’s Nickel personnel we just moved Kerrigan to LB depth.  From this formation we blitzed twice for 2 incompletions, forced Cassel to call a timeout, and gave up a 6 yard PI penalty.  So a pretty successful wrinkle.

The Cowboys used 13 personnel (1 RB, 3TE) 9 times.  One variation of 13 personnel had them lined up in the following formation with the WR as a tiny H-Back.  I called it “Ace 3×1 Twin TE WR H” because what the hell else do you call this, I have no idea:

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