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  • SpartanTailgate

    DWags

    Beer Baron. What defense does Mattison pop into more then any other?

    Any announcement by J.Ira and Nick Harris family Head Coach Brady Hoke, as to what he wants to do with Peppers yet?

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  • DWags said... (original post)

    Beer Baron. What defense does Mattison pop into more then any other?

    Any announcement by J.Ira and Nick Harris family Head Coach Brady Hoke, as to what he wants to do with Peppers yet?

    Scheme? Front? Coverage?

    Last year Michigan was about 47/47/6 with 4-3 Under/Nickel Even/4-3 Over. They were probably considered a cover 3 base, but for the most part were heavily multiple. Started running more Cover 4 against spread teams later in the year.

    This year they are looking to go more 4-3 Over, but they'll still roll with the nickel package and they still showed probably at least 10% Under. I wasn't watching the coverage a ton, but for the most part it was a single high defense. Not sure yet if it was a Cover 1 press man, Cover 1 press with a SS robber, or if it was a Cover 3 similar to the way the Seahawks run it with pressing on the outside. My guess is Cover 1 press with a robber, likely to limit the amount of run/pass difficulty for whatever young player steps in a the SS position. Usually an over front will utilize more 2-high schemes, and maybe they were just keeping it vanilla and playing to what the Michigan offense was running, but I was a bit surprised to see it was a vast majority single high schemes, even though that's been G-Matt's norm dating at least back to his days at Florida (but then again, so has an Under front).

    As for Peppers, they'll start him at nickel back, which is a pretty good fit for him as a young player. Decreases coverage difficulty as he is surrounded by more help, allows him to use his athletic ability on a variety of blitzes (I think they were working on developing a better CB blitz package a la how MSU blitzes the boundary CB vs knob formations), and be active in run support. It's a position that relies more on natural athletic ability than most other positions on the field and eases the learning curve for a transition to CB or Safety down the road.

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  • SpartanTailgate

    DWags

    BeerBaron said... (original post)

    Scheme? Front? Coverage?

    Last year Michigan was about 47/47/6 with 4-3 Under/Nickel Even/4-3 Over. They were probably considered a cover 3 base, but for the most part were heavily multiple. Started running more Cover 4 against spread teams later in the year.

    This year they are looking to go more 4-3 Over, but they'll still roll with the nickel package and they still showed probably at least 10% Under. I wasn't watching the coverage a ton, but for the most part it was a single high defense. Not sure yet if it was a Cover 1 press man, Cover 1 press with a SS robber, or if it was a Cover 3 similar to the way the Seahawks run it with pressing on the outside. My guess is Cover 1 press with a robber, likely to limit the amount of run/pass difficulty for whatever young player steps in a the SS position. Usually an over front will utilize more 2-high schemes, and maybe they were just keeping it vanilla and playing to what the Michigan offense was running, but I was a bit surprised to see it was a vast majority single high schemes, even though that's been G-Matt's norm dating at least back to his days at Florida (but then again, so has an Under front).

    As for Peppers, they'll start him at nickel back, which is a pretty good fit for him as a young player. Decreases coverage difficulty as he is surrounded by more help, allows him to use his athletic ability on a variety of blitzes (I think they were working on developing a better CB blitz package a la how MSU blitzes the boundary CB vs knob formations), and be active in run support. It's a position that relies more on natural athletic ability than most other positions on the field and eases the learning curve for a transition to CB or Safety down the road.

    Do you think we'll see him use the over like Narduzzi does, which is pretty different then many. Press the corners right at the line, face to face, let the safeties take the two receiver on any vertical? And you know at MSU our "long" vertical might be a five yard streak by the two receiver. We see a lot of 1/4, 1/4 and 1/2 on weak side. It's a circus there sometimes.

    Sounds like the Spring didn't go great at UofM, but that your db's will be better then what they were last year. That makes stopping the run so much easier.

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    maizegoblue said... (original post)

    Wrong. I guessed it. Haven't decided if I want that badge yet.

    Its a pretty cool badge. Whats your 900 badge for? 900 comments?

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