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unfortunately, it is a combo of all of the above. keeping plays simple but run them with different personnel groupings (Same woman different dress) Sameness is missing. It doesn't take much to get back to it. Just have to believe it and stick to it. It's like anything you hate to do. Give it time and you'll get used to it
Shabutie's take on our OL scheme follows. What do we need to do differently?
To expound on A a little bit... I am fundamentally against the idea of using a bucket step to gain leverage in the running game. The bucket step is when the lineman is taking a lateral and often times backwards step to be able to say, get outside of a DT to seal him inside. This is what you are seeing when it looks like our OL are moving backwards (It sometimes almost looks like pulling) at the snap of the ball. This is also why you will sometimes see one of our OL look like they are on skates while getting driven 10 yards into the backfield. If a defender gets off of the ball well or blitzes into a bucket stepping OL, physics dictate that they will run right through them. We have a player moving either laterally or somewhat backwards trying to block a defender that is running right at them with momentum, it is impossible to do. On top of that, our OL does a very poor job at actually making athletic blocks on LBs and other second-level players in the open field. Normally defenders have to maintain gap integrity or else the OL will bypass them and block the LB they are trying to keep free. I believe that since we are so poor at contacting in the second level, the DL we face will often times sacrifice gap integrity to get penetration and slow down plays/make plays in the backfield. It often times does not come back to bite them because our uncovered OL will still miss the LB and allow him to make the play.
Appreciate the insight Papa
Reading this is just sad and this is why our OLinemen rarely get drafted...change is needed...Coach Beamer is at a crossroads right now just like in 92...
The first thing our OL are taught is what defenses are trying to achieve with their formations. Gap integrity, filtering to the unblocked down safety, angles, footwork that will get the job done. Blocking defenders. Meaning taking the angle to meet him where he will come to me. This is a lost art but a very important one
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