Don Capers Psycho Defense


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Posted by Big Ron on October 13, 19 at 13:25:53:

In Reply to: Yeah, but why 2 man front against a 5 O-Line ? posted by SeriousDevil on October 13, 19 at 11:55:35:

This was based on the Dom Capers Psycho defense. Only 1 or 2 down linemen with big LBs such as Robertson and Butler milling around close ready to drop back to zone or slash through the line. So what starts out looking like a 2 man line can actually be a 3 or 4 man line after the snap. The defense can penetrate the line at different locations and at different angles. Itís tough for the O-Line to pick up. This is used against teams such as WSU that passes 60 times a game. But itís high risk if the opponent switches to the run. We were caught in a couple short yardage situations with a soft middle, but it was a pretty effective scheme for most of the second half.

The Leach passing game features quick passes and very wide line splits. Traditional DEs are pushed too far from the QB to get any pressure. How many times did you see Grahamís mad blitz end up with 5 or 6 players caught in No Mans Zone between the line and the QB? This worked better than that. But itís a gimmick defense and I doubt that we will see it again in conference play.


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