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As a Former Defensive Tackle …

By on September 4th, 2013 in Member Post 2 Comments »

I couldn’t help but notice that there was a HUGE gap between our tackles, which may or may not have contributed to the continuation of Auburn’s achilles heel, the draw play…

So I’m wondering if the coaches start to feel better about the play of Montravious Adams, Ben Bradlee, Gabe Wright & Co. … could those guys move inward some more, or slant?

I know it’s rare to have a noseguard in a basic 4-man frontal alignment, but we’ve done that a few times before. (It might work on 3rd & short situations)

War Eagle Forever!

2 Comments

  1. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..The reason it looked like that is that Washington State uses wide splits on the offensive line. That alignment cuts down on pressure from the edge, and allows the tackles to race over and make blocks on those screens, too. The drawback is facing quick tackles and middle linebackers, those gaps can be shot quickly, with immediate pressure in the quarterback’s face.

    …..But what they like to do with those splits is spread the guys out in the box, and get more one on one matchups.

  2. BigDaddyAU says:

    Plus we saw a tremendous amount of Tackle/End and Tackle/Tackle stunts run which did contribute to filling that gap on occasion. I noticed that when we stunted CEJ would rotate the Star down or bring one of the Safeties up for support. I will go back and rewatch but I believe those runs that they were able to get up-field quickly were straight rush packages and the Mike LB was just out of position or too slow to react.