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So I just read that Kiff has cleaned house and is brining in a guy who will run a 5-2 base defense for 2013.
Could anyone explain this move considering a majority of the teams USC plays (not Stanford) loves to throw the ball out of a spread formation or at least a pro-style set.
I could be wrong - but is a 5-2 effective against a spread passing attack? I realize they can run other packages out there -but you have to recruit to your base. Just cannot see it effective against Oregon or Arizona - Stanford and maybe even UCLA on the other hand - Yes
USC corners will have thier work cut out for them as they will be on an island most of the game. However, the safety will not have to play run support as often though?
How bout a clean debate for once - just good perspective
In theory it should be more effective against those teams because you match up better athletically.
Need OLB's that are big enough to get after the QB but athletic enough to cover the TE's or flat. We have those, but need a couple of MLB in next years class. Need a cover ballhawking FS (McQuay) Cravens also fits this style of defense perfectly as a SS/OLB hybrid a la Dion Bailey.
Our cb's will have to play a lot of press man but I'm happy about that. This whole bend but don't break basura doesn't work against these spread teams. If we give up a quick strike here or there ok, but our defense won't be absolutely gassed by the 4th.
I think people make too big of a deal of what defensive formation a team runs. The 3-4, 4-3, and 4-3 under(over) all derive from the base 5-2.
5-2=3-4. Same thing
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Most of those teams are running a run oriented spread type of of attack so the 5-2 sort of makes sense. I would imagine the 5th DL is just going to be a LB thats either a speed rusher if needed.
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One possible advantage is that to control run based spreads you need to dominate the offensive line so they don't get to the second level. Having 5 defensive linemen can help accomplish this.
While a 5-2 may be the base I highly doubt it will be the only formation they play from, and may resemble a 3-4 if the ends are hybrid DE/LB types.
"Isn't it amazing what somebody will do when he can't bunt." - Vin Scully
Also I love smart football, and while this article is about attacking a single back pro style, it can give ideas of what a 5-2 can do.
That's a nice find!
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