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    Can the D keep up with the O?

    While I'm quite excited about watching our offense this season, I'm wondering if the defense has the quality and depth to keep up. Our offense will be a spread, no-huddle, direct snap to the QB. Herman would ideally like us to score in 2-3 minutes tops. I wonder if the defense will be dead tired by the 2nd half however. If even a few possessions stall with no points they're going to be right back out there again. Time of possession, or the lack of it, has me somewhat worried until our defense improves. Maybe we should take our foot off the throttle just a bit until then? It'll be interesting to see how this pans out.

    And, yes I'll give 'em a break until we actually see them play a few games.



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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    While I'm quite excited about watching our offense this season, I'm wondering if the defense has the quality and depth to keep up. Our offense will be a spread, no-huddle, direct snap to the QB. Herman would ideally like us to score in 2-3 minutes tops. I wonder if the defense will be dead tired by the 2nd half however. If even a few possessions stall with no points they're going to be right back out there again. Time of possession, or the lack of it, has me somewhat worried until our defense improves. Maybe we should take our foot off the throttle just a bit until then? It'll be interesting to see how this pans out.

    And, yes I'll give 'em a break until we actually see them play a few games.
    Defense looked better than the offense today, Arnaud didn't play to well.



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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    I brought this up a couple weeks ago. It is a legit concern I would think.



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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    Quote Originally Posted by tyler24 View Post
    Defense looked better than the offense today, Arnaud didn't play to well.
    I think the learning curve is bigger for the offense right now. Appears to be much more complex, while they're preaching back to basics on defense.

    Defense is still the weak link on this team.



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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    Sorry for being ignorant, but I never understood how a (defensive) player could get so tired by playing 3-10 snaps for about 10 minutes of real time. Then they get a 10 minute break and do it again. I know the action is intense but the plays are only :06 seconds...



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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    Quote Originally Posted by tyler24 View Post
    Defense looked better than the offense today, Arnaud didn't play to well.
    Austen looked like crap during the last spring game though, and he managed to be fine when the season came around, despite playing with a bum shoulder.



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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    Quote Originally Posted by dualthreat View Post
    Sorry for being ignorant, but I never understood how a (defensive) player could get so tired by playing 3-10 snaps for about 10 minutes of real time. Then they get a 10 minute break and do it again. I know the action is intense but the plays are only :06 seconds...
    That's my concern. They wouldn't be getting a ten minute break if the drive stalls. They'd be back on the field quickly. A no-huddle spread is great if you put points on the board more possessions that not, but the defense really gets hung out to dry otherwise.



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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    Quote Originally Posted by CrossCyed View Post
    Austen looked like crap during the last spring game though, and he managed to be fine when the season came around, despite playing with a bum shoulder.
    This. I remember after the spring game last year half of this board was ready to anoint PB as the starter. We know how that played out. Honestly I don't think there is much that can be taken from Spring ball from a fan's perspective...


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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    While I'm quite excited about watching our offense this season, I'm wondering if the defense has the quality and depth to keep up. Our offense will be a spread, no-huddle, direct snap to the QB. Herman would ideally like us to score in 2-3 minutes tops. I wonder if the defense will be dead tired by the 2nd half however. If even a few possessions stall with no points they're going to be right back out there again. Time of possession, or the lack of it, has me somewhat worried until our defense improves. Maybe we should take our foot off the throttle just a bit until then? It'll be interesting to see how this pans out.

    And, yes I'll give 'em a break until we actually see them play a few games.
    I think, with the exception of the linebackers and maybe the DEs, the defense is probably as deep as it's ever been. But I think some newcomers and some of the interior D-linemen can probably provide some snaps at DE and I'm hopeful that newcomers will also be able to help immediately at LB.



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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bipolarcy View Post
    I think, with the exception of the linebackers and maybe the DEs, the defense is probably as deep as it's ever been. But I think some newcomers and some of the interior D-linemen can probably provide some snaps at DE and I'm hopeful that newcomers will also be able to help immediately at LB.
    Ya, it's the front seven I'm worried about.



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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    Ya, it's the front seven I'm worried about.

    Hopefully this late pick up at LB will be able to actually stay with a tight end going over the middle



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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    While I'm quite excited about watching our offense this season, I'm wondering if the defense has the quality and depth to keep up. Our offense will be a spread, no-huddle, direct snap to the QB. Herman would ideally like us to score in 2-3 minutes tops. I wonder if the defense will be dead tired by the 2nd half however. If even a few possessions stall with no points they're going to be right back out there again. Time of possession, or the lack of it, has me somewhat worried until our defense improves. Maybe we should take our foot off the throttle just a bit until then? It'll be interesting to see how this pans out.

    And, yes I'll give 'em a break until we actually see them play a few games.
    I think it's really just mental attitude. If our defense is on the field a lot getting tired -- their offense is on the field just as much. I know it's obvious -- but people seem to forget that. So why's it mental attitude? If you're the defense and you're stopping the other team, you're going to have the adrenaline/attitude edge because you're beating the other team. You also get a mental lift if you're offense is scoring.

    So then perhaps it's more a question of depth?


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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    The reason the defense was tired last year they never stopped anyone. How many 3rd and 5 plus plays did they give up? It was an absolute joke.



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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    i believe the real question here is can either keep up with the Special Teams


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    Re: Can the D keep up with the O?

    I cannot wait for fans to freak out the first time we don't score on a drive in under two or three minutes.

    Herman has said he wants a quick strike offense and we have been practicing as such. The blessing with these offenses though is if they are designed right they can also be dangerous for wearing down the clock. Mizzou the last few years has been a great example. They had the capability of scoring in two minutes or in ten, depending on the situation.

    I expect to see that. Not an approach that if our offense doesn't score in two or three minutes everytime they aren't doing their jobs.



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