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    Run Defense against Kent State

    For those of you who were at the game, or have watched the replay:

    Did it seem to you that the numerous missed tackles were partly due to a less aggressive defense? I was just thinking that by focusing on containing Jarvis and Edelman we may have taken away our aggressiveness, which could HELP explain some of missed tackles (for example, more arm tackling instead of getting into the body and wrapping up).

    Maybe I'm just searching for reasons why the Kent State game is not indicative of our defense, but I wanted to get your take on it.



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    Re: Run Defense against Kent State

    Nah, it is because Chiz told the boys to keep it close and exciting and to not give anyhting away to the featherbutts.



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    Re: Run Defense against Kent State

    I thought most of it came after Jarvis bounced it outside. We seemed fairly solid up the middle, but lacked containment. Late in the game Taylor got two tackles in a row just keeping containment on the outside (running back bounced out to him). Also seemed that our linebackers were getting sucked inside. I thought Bell looked really good when he was in (bigger body & FAST), but he got trapped inside a few times as well.



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    Re: Run Defense against Kent State

    Sure I think part of it is that. Once your more focused on containing a player from trying to get outside of you it does take away a bit of that burst to maybe just attack them straight on. But even then, I think it was just still poor tackling and great agility by the two Kent State players.


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    Re: Run Defense against Kent State

    Quote Originally Posted by guitarchitect7 View Post
    Sure I think part of it is that. Once your more focused on containing a player from trying to get outside of you it does take away a bit of that burst to maybe just attack them straight on. But even then, I think it was just still poor tackling and great agility by the two Kent State players.
    That's basically what I'm thinking. Less aggressive tackling + shifty RB and QB resulted in several missed tackles that we wouldn't otherwise have had. Probably doesn't account for ALL the missed tackles of course.



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    Re: Run Defense against Kent State

    We over pursued like crazy and gave Jarvis all sorts of cut back opportunities.


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    Re: Run Defense against Kent State

    Quote Originally Posted by guitarchitect7 View Post
    Sure I think part of it is that. Once your more focused on containing a player from trying to get outside of you it does take away a bit of that burst to maybe just attack them straight on. But even then, I think it was just still poor tackling and great agility by the two Kent State players.

    I was just watching clips of the '02 isu/ia game and I was thinking the same thing of Iowa against seneca. It seemed like they were really tentative like they were just trying to contain him rather than put any real pressure on him or tackle him.



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