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    A look at the offensive playbook...

    Today I was thinking again about how potent our offense will be. Mainly, when we attempt to spread things out. I’m a real big fan of a 3 wide, one tight, one back set for this fall.

    I firmly believe if utilized correctly, our tight ends aught to have a field-day with opposing defenses as they try to compensate for our depth and skill at wide receiver.

    For fun, I drew up this play in Word and created an image…


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    Now this is just one play I’d like to see with a couple variations built into it. Also, I think the defense may move into a 4-2 look with an extra corner to compensate for the 3 wide. If they do that, I’d hope we’d run and draw the hell out of ‘em!

    In this scenario though, I’d like to point out some possible mismatches our offense creates.

    • Blythe being covered by a safety. I’ve yet to see a safety (or corner) that could handle Todd 1-on-1…yet in this case that’s all the defense can do They could roll a linebacker over to help – but – well…good luck.
    • Single coverage on the receiver split right. If a safety is rolled over onto Blythe, we’re looking at a corner on our receiver to the right with no safety help. Excellent!
    • Tight-end covered by linebacker mis-match. I’m going to venture to guess they’d try to place a linebacker on our tight end and with Barkema and Nickel, I think we win most of those battles. The other safety may help out but would be troubled with deciding to cover the tight end, help with our receiver to the left or assist deep on Blythe. A tough dilemma. As we’ve seen in a few cases, I suspect our tight end would be open in the middle of the field…yielding some “easy” 10-20 yard gains.
    • Running back on a flare. If we’re able to handle things upfront and out back is not need to help pass-block, flare him out. I think to the left would be best, as the outside linebacker on that side will be occupied with the tight end and the corner is on our receiver. I’d guess the middle linebacker would be on our back, yet won’t be able to get there too quickly.



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    A look at the same play with 2 linebackers and an extra corner...


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    In this case, I'd still attack the safeties. Use the option of sending the receiver to the left deep as well as the receiver to the right. Make the safties decide who they're going to help. Again, I think the tight end aught to have success with this as well as the back on the flare, should the receivers not be open.



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    Your Word skills are complete. But you are not a Jedi, yet.

    I like your play, though. I am a big proponent of mixing up the offense continuously. You have only shown one set with a few options, but any number of variations could be made. I'd like to see double-tight end sets, Flynn across the middle (the guy is nails in there), trips to one side, two back sets (if we have the bodies), etc.

    A veteran offense like ours should have a huge playbook down pat. Our predictability has been a big downfall the past few seasons. I just hope we are a little cautious about exposing Meyer or running Hicks into a wall on consecutive downs before completing a pass just shy of the marker or running Hicks into a wall a third time. Not too cautious, like Mac-in-the-second-half-with-a-lead cautious, just not repeatedly risking their health.


    Yeah well, ya know, that's just, like uh, your opinion, man.

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    [quote=cyclonekj;10143]I'd like to see double-tight end sets, Flynn across the middle (the guy is nails in there), trips to one side, two back sets (if we have the bodies), etc.

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    I agree with this. I would flip flop Flynn and Blythe. Blythe's speed on the deep route is more adventageous and Flynn will nail it in the middle.



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    This will come in real handy for the Huskers, weak in cornerback and safeties. Can we safely show this play to Husker Nation? Kevin Cosgrove (aka Garn) might be all over it.


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    Flipping Flynn and Blythe? How's this...


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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Flipping Flynn and Blythe? How's this...
    now that there is real pretty! almost brings a tear to my eye. :)



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    Show me Walter Nickel going deep over the middle with the two wides doing outs.

    One question: with a mature offensive squad, I hope to see lots of NO HUDDLE play. With wide receivers like we have, it would be interesting to see if we could break down the defense for a aseries by flinging the ball all around the field. Or another version, could be Peyton Manning (Brett) looking over the line and baiting them. Keep the NE defense out of sync. Nebraska is like a Communist football team. They take their orders all the way from the top of the stadium and have hard time adjusting. That is why they use up all their timeouts every game.


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    The only problem with this is that our O-line has been average at BEST the last 3 years with the QB running for his life. I don't know that there would be enough time to throw the ball.


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    How about sending Sumrall into a chair-route? With the safties occupied with TE/Blythe/Tailback and Sumrall's quickness and speed, we have two deep options and Flynn over the middle, no to mention the TE and potentially a running back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryceman View Post
    Show me Wwalter Nickel going deep over the middle with the two wides doing outs.
    You got it. I went with a 2-wide, 2-tight set on this one.


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    seriously, are you working? i love that you're just drawing up plays, we're dissecting them and you are redoing them!



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    "The only problem with this is that our O-line has been average at BEST the last 3 years with the QB running for his life. I don't know that there would be enough time to throw the ball."

    This is true - that he will be running for his life. That is when we throw the screen pass to Stevie Hicks. Has anyone seen any screen passes out of ISU in the last two years. Everyone else does it. Maybe this is the year. Ol' Cory Ross went for 80 on a 5 yard flip.


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