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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Sterling A, Aug 20, 2018.
Wtf can someone explain this
Please don’t pay the players. They’re already getting a free education, they should be thankful for that.
Ballers already did this
I mean, this isn't hard... but Mississippi, get your shit together
What the hell
I feel like with that being announced today they couldn't get the coaches they wanted and this is like a backup plan.
I just can't believe anybody would think that's a good idea. Lets throw these hacks that do our MNF games straight into the most important game of the year. Hey Bob that's a GREAT IDEA!
I mean it's just the megacast on ESPNnews or whatever. It really doesn't matter and just feels like they threw it in there because they had to put something
For anyone that listens to PAPN - that story Godfrey told about Bill at the suite party was amazing.
He's all coach on the field in the front and pissed drunk in a corn field in the back.
Congrats #Alabama Crimson Tide
#Ohio State Buckeyes
#Southern California Trojans
#Notre Dame Fighting Irish
blue blood basically means you had a good run in the 60s-80s. Its irrelevant today.
tell that to lechnerd and TAM's 42 national titles
What did a&m come in at?
Oh it looks like they didnt even bother to include them in the vote
But it's all some programs have, and cling onto desperately.
Wow. Some serious new money jealousy here. Not at all unexpected but you still hate to see it.
Faux Blue Blood insecurity. Just hate to see that.
Also pffft, Mizzou isnt even new money. Just grinding away in middle class. We've had plenty of time to come to grips w our reality, unlike some.. ahem ahem
Couple cool graphs
Wow, then it really is true — Ohio State is the best at everything and the best of all time. Glad we can all finally see it clearly, given the data and graphs.
Blood isn't the bodily fluid Aggies are most familiar with.
Still smarting over not getting that B1G invite. I get it. Vent away.
Sure does feel nice. And this graph is 100% more true and accurate and fair than any FAKE COMMITTEE MEMBERS (of which there are many)!
Best thing to happen to us. #Blessed
Solid list is solid.
That’s the spirit. We’re very happy for the two of you.
Why am I getting tagged in things I already know?
What’s next for the RB position in the spread era?
The inevitable “pass to set up the run” paradigm of the spread offense and the hybridization of skill talent has a lot of ramifications for the RB position in the coming years.
By Ian Boyd@Ian_A_Boyd Jan 14, 2019, 1:03pm EST
I noted the other week that the era of the bell cow RB is just about over because of inevitable evolutions that have stemmed from the mainstream adoption of the spread offense. Here’s been the flow of tactical adaptation across the college game:
Step 1: Offenses started to spread defenses out in order to create more space to run the ball.
Step 2: Offenses started adding QB keep options (zone-read and subsequent read plays) from the shotgun to allow them to not only run on a spread out defense but to threaten them with two different points of attack at the same time and increase the horizontal stress.
Step 3: Offenses started adding QB throw options (RPOs) from the shotgun to their running plays, creating two or three potential points of attack and even more greatly increasing the amount of space.
Step 4: Offenses started adding vertical QB throw options and POP passes.
Once we reached steps three and four, the upshot of this is that an RPO spread team can often expect to be facing either man coverage or pattern-matching/zone defenses utilizing cover downs on their receivers, including the inside WRs. A cover down means that a player like a nickel will read his pass key (the slot) first, even on a running play. He’ll aim to take away the quick pass option from the QB before joining the pursuit of the RB. The defense has basically acknowledged the tacit assertion by the offense that you have to stop the pass first before worrying about the run.
Vertical RPOs are still feasible but they can be difficult because you’re trying to beat man coverage within the window of time afforded by run blocking. But, if you already have an offensive system that requires defenses to play man coverage or match receivers, you don't really need RPOs anymore. You can take the deep shot behind real pass protection with check downs and reads. Combine that with the increasing skill level of QBs and WRs coming up from the HS ranks and...
Step 5: Offenses began to gear their attacks around punishing man/match coverage with hybrids and matchup problems.
We are very early into Step 5 at the college level. Alabama fully embraced step 4 in 2018 after elevating Tua Tagovailoa to the starting role and got beat by a team that has already taken step 5. The issue here though is that teams are starting to see that throwing the ball around is more than a constraint on the run game. It can be the primary emphasis of an offense.
Step 5 and an ensuing embrace of the spread passing offense is going to mean that teams won’t have as much need to feature a really strong ballcarrier as a regular part of the offense. If your offensive strategy is primarily geared around creating matchups and throwing the ball around then you’re going to want your best athletes focusing on exactly that, not taking hand-offs in the event that a defense floods the passing lanes with coverage defenders.
At any rate, dime and DB-heavy defense is proving a good way to limit the effectiveness of the run game anyways so there’s not a point in sight in which the emphasis flips back to the run game save for situationally like short-yardage or the red zone.
So here are two positional types that we may start to see as teams move away only only from the feature back offense but the feature back model at the RB position.
By fullback I mean a big dive runner who is also solid as a blocker. For instance, Clemson spent a lot of the title game with Adam Choice on the field at RB over Travis Etienne. Why? Because Choice is older, stouter (5-9/220), and more well versed and experienced in their pass protection sets. That proved crucial in giving Trevor Lawrence time to deliver some of the crushing strikes against the Bama D:
Choice was very solid in the Clemson run game but also thickly built and experienced in pass protection, so he was often more valuable to their game-winning effort than the explosive Travis Etienne because his skill set complimented the passing game that was putting the winning points on the board.
Art Briles’ Baylor and some of the subsequent “veer and shoot” offenses were sort of trending in this direction. The ultra wide receiver splits of that offense and the lethal deep choice routes and perimeter throws forced defenses to play the pass first, leading to lighter boxes and generous space off tackle for backs to hit with square shoulders. Sturdier guys like Terence Ganaway (6-0/240, 1457 yards and 21 TDs for Baylor in 2011), D’Onta Foreman (6-1/245, 2028 yards and 15 TDs for Texas in 2016), and Devin Singletary (5-9/200, 1918 yards and 32 TDs for FAU in 2017) ran wild in that scheme. They even put their RBs in charge of setting protections rather than the QB.
As teams get lighter and faster to combat spread concepts, it stands to reason that the kind of RB you want to utilize to make them pay for it is going to be a big power back that can run through arm tackles from safeties. Especially if that same guy can be a plus pass protector that stuffs lethal inside pressures from DTs and stunting LBs.
The RB/WR hybrid
This is already a position that exists in the college game but there’s a chance that it could change considerably in the coming years. In the past this was a designation that often mean a RB-type athlete who was lethal with the ball in his hands but wasn’t big and powerful enough to hold up to running the ball between the tackles so he was best utilized in space.
The “Percy Harvin-type” designation was often applied in this direction. At 5-11/184 Harvin wasn’t the right fit for Florida’s power run game and they had Tim Tebow (and some RBs) for that anyways. Harvin posted the following stats as a sophomore and junior as a key mandible in the Gator chomp:
Percy Harvin at Florida
Year Rushing production Receiving production
Sophomore (2007) 83-764 yards, 9.2 ypc, 6 TDs 59-858 yards, 4 TDs
Junior (2008) 70-660 yards, 9.4 ypc, 10 TDs 40-644 yards, 7 TDs
Harvin would come into the box at times to be the feature back in Florida’s run game but it was limited, the Gators essentially treated it like the QB run game. Something to mix in to great effect but not something they could lean on as the meat and potatoes of the offense because of Harvin’s lack of size. Even with this limited work load he was often limited with injuries and wasn’t even active for Florida’s SEC title victory over Alabama in 2008.
The Gators also threw the ball to Harvin to great effect, generally around 3-4 times a game vs the 6-8 carries they liked to feed him. Now imagine a team with multiple hybrids seeing that sort of distribution based on the matchups against a given opponent.
When you watch the high school game these days, teams tend to play their best athletes at whichever of QB or RB is the most dangerous athlete, save for at the increasing number of schools which are now executing high level passing attacks. It’s been an easy trick for a long time for smaller schools (TCU) to find high level athletes by recruiting QBs and RBs from smaller HS programs and converting them into DBs, LBs, etc. The top skill athletes in a given year in recruiting often double as QBs or RBs for their teams.
If the run game is simple enough then it becomes easier to teach athletes of a broad variety to be successful in the run game, particularly if the run game is set up by the passing game. The Oklahoma rushing attack in 2018 was absolutely lethal but also relatively simple and mostly set up by the passing attack. The Sooners tended to run inside zone, GT counter, and a tackle-pull power play as the main thrust of their run game and they often used it with QB reads against defenses that were playing with lighter boxes out of a need to cover all of their weapons in the passing game.
Over the last two seasons, the Sooners were unlucky enough to have injuries at RB that required them to give four different backs 100 carries or more (including Kyler Murray) without a single one of them getting to 200 carries. All of those backs did tremendous damage with three rushing for 1k yards and the other one (Trey Sermon) rushing for 744 yards at 6.2 ypc with five TDs in 2017 and 947 yards at 5.8 ypc with 13 TDs in 2018.
They were all talented and all running behind a fantastic OL, but the biggest key was that the Sooner offense was designed to create stress on defenses at all levels and then the run game was well designed to punish defenses for overplaying other stresses.
We could eventually see a day when a team has multiple players on the field that have the capability of joining the backfield and running one of a few simple, base schemes. Particularly on teams that have a QB/FB hybrid behind center. A team that can motion multiple WRs around the formation and bring them into the backfield is a nightmare for defenses trying to play by man coverage or matchup rules.
What is a defense to do when multiple guys of the five main skill players and QB could execute a downhill run on the right matchup? Not much, except rethink the paradigm, because where that would really cause havoc on defenses is when they try to scheme and matchup to deny the run against a team of hybrids that can beat a good matchup over the top. Hypothetically, let’s say a team likes to use hybrid personnel that includes two guys labelled here as “H” that are superb athletes that also know how to carry the ball from the RB position.
It becomes very easy for them to create major matchup problems for the defense with simple motions:
From this motion the offense could have a few auto-check calls. If the defense had their LB chase the H out wide, they run the H on a go route and make that weak side LB (W) prove he can flip his hips and run with him.
If the defense instead maintained their structure rather than the matchups and treated the X as the new slot with the CB bumping out to take the hybrid, then the offense could auto-check to a perhaps even more lethal slot fade:
One way or the other, the defense can be overstressed by the vertical route matchups to the extent that they’re either playing DBs at linebacker or else staying in a two-high coverage. In either event, the offense can then turn back to the traditional path of working a simplified run game against a lighter box. Or worse, just continue to fling the ball around but with precision calls designed to bust the coverages they can dictate with the matchup problems they’re causing.
The name of the game now is using the pass to set up the run and as more offenses adapt that style and defenses adjust to that paradigm, these are the sorts of ramifications it will have for the RB position. It’ll become a role rather than a specialization with multiple players often filling that role for a team, including part-time hybrids.
2019 Spring Game Preemptively Canceled
There will be no spring game in 2019 due to expected inclement weather
By CYHusker Jan 16, 2019, 11:14am CST
So long spring game, we hardly knew ya’.
Cyclone fans have received troubling news regarding the spring game for the second year in a row. In 2018, rainy weather forced the athletic department to cancel the spring game.
Per the Cedar Rapids Gazette: “Coach (Matt) Campbell and I mutually decided to cancel the Spring Game due to the anticipated weather for Saturday,” Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard said in a release. “We know this will be disappointing for our fans and players. The football team will use Saturday as their final practice in a closed practice similar to this spring.”
This came as a disappointing blow to Cyclone fans who were planning on attending the spring game, regardless of whether or not they actually planned to attend or were just seizing the opportunity to enjoy a spring tailgate.
In fact, the weather in Ames disappointed many a fan in 2018. Weather canceled the spring game and the home opener against South Dakota State. The latter of those was rescheduled (twice) and the weather once again intervened, nearly causing the Cyclones to drop a buy-game to the Drake Bulldogs. In addition, the grass tailgate lots were closed for nearly every home game due the athletic department’s deep fear of mud.
While 2019 brings a new year and new hope, the weather is once again up to its old tricks.
Jamie Pollard, who (according to double-digit sources) has been cowering in his office for months afraid to go outside because the weather is not sunny and perfect, gave a statement regarding the 2019 spring game.
“As a result of the uncertain weather conditions we face each spring in Iowa, plus the site preparation work that will begin this Spring for the new Sports Performance Center project, Coach Campbell and I have decided to not schedule a spring football game,” Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard said. ”Similar to last year, Coach Campbell and his staff can use that day to conduct a 15th spring practice which they feel is more beneficial for the overall development of the student-athletes and the football program.”
Pollard declined to comment when asked if Matt Campbell demanded his new contract include the creation of an athletic department staff meteorologist position.
It is uncertain at this time how many outdoor sporting events Pollard will cancel in 2019 out of fear that there is a 10% chance of rain anywhere within a 500 mile radius of Ames.
good riddance Michael Joseph Stoops