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Patrick Vint

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Comment 05 Apr 2017

(1) On Phillips, you'd need to show me how that defense -- at least as run with Denver -- is anything more than a 4-3 over/under with a stand-up defensive end.  They never rushed three, they played one-gap assignments, and their pre-snap alignment was shaded toward putting four players over the offensive line, which is why they didn't need a space hog in the middle.  Is it a 3-4?  I guess, but it's not the 3-4 in the traditional sense that Nebraska and Wisconsin will be running.

(1a) I miss Spacehog.

(2) You're right, Landry created the 4-3 in the 50s, and my post wasn't clear as to what I was crediting Johnson with.  But Johnson took Landry's system to Miami and pulled all line reads out of it, making it pure one-gap across the front.  It was Johnson's scheme that Monte Kiffin used to build the Tampa 2, and it's Kiffin's cover 2 plan that Iowa's defense under Norm was built on.  You could argue that Iowa has moved from that a bit, and I wouldn't disagree, but those differences are far more in coverage (where Iowa is primarily Quarters under Phil) than in line philosophy (which is where the difference between 3-4/5-2 and 4-3 exist).

Comment 07 Mar 2017

I wanted to put Bob Loblaw in the title, the Facebook post, the Tweet, the text, everything in this post.  And then I thought only about 4 people would get a decade-old joke from a sitcom nobody watched, and so I went without.

But why should you go to jail for a crime someone else noticed?