College X’s and O’s


How Clemson beat Bama A look at the concepts Clemson used to beat Bama

Previewing Clemson vs. Alabama Part II: A look at the QB counter pitch and Clemson’s unique Shift Jet Sweep

2014 Alabama vs. LSU: Kiffin’s Creativity with Ineligible/Eligible players leads ‘Bama over LSU in Death Valley (and possibly inspires Bill Belichick?)

2014 Florida State vs. Notre Dame: TD or Penalty? Analyzing the Controversial End to Notre Dame vs. FSU

2014 Ole Miss vs. Alabama: Ole Miss burns Bama’s 2-Blue Solo Pattern Read with Pivot, Dig, & Deep Post Route Combo

2014 Georgia vs. South Carolina: Inverted or Unconventional Tampa 2 Zone Coverage w/ “Robber”


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Super Bowl 51 Preview

Super Bowl 51 is a matchup of juggernaut offenses and underrated defenses. Here’s what to expect from both teams from an X’s and O’s perspective:

When the Patriots have the ball

Expect the Patriots to spend their first couple drives combining fast paced tempo with information gathering. The Patriots use motion and non-traditional sets early to analyze the defense. For example, the Patriots line up fullback James Develin or a running back out wide to see who goes out to cover him. If a linebacker goes with the back, it’s man coverage. If a corner stays with the back, it’s zone coverage. From there, Brady picks the best matchup.

This will help diagnose the Falcons relatively simple defensive scheme. The Falcons primarily play Cover 1 or Cover 3, and don’t blitz often. Although the Falcons have blitzed more frequently during the playoffs, I don’t expect them to blitz Brady a ton in Super Bowl 51. Nor do I expect the Falcons to sit back in Cover 3 and let Brady pick apart zone coverage. Instead, the only consistent strategy for beating the Patriots in the playoffs has been pressure with 4, preferably up the middle.

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