Re: Not really

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Posted by Big Ron on February 05, 20 at 10:31:12:

In Reply to: Not really posted by Xdevil on February 05, 20 at 00:48:37:

Let me start by stating that I have no dog in this fight. This staff has had a surprisingly high turnover, but always seems to come up with quality replacements. Therefore, I am willing to see how this plays out.

But as far as Lewis coaching at the college level, I saw a good piece on ESPN last year about a similar situation. I canít remember the coach, but the ESPN crew described the challenges an NFL coach has coaching at the college level. Basically pro football is a 24/7 business for the best athletes in the world. Therefore DCs can devise sophisticated defenses with complex reads. Even as a full time job, pro players take a couple years to master the NFL playbook. But college players split their time between school, football and social life. They do not have the time nor the concentration to completely absorb a pro defense. This presents 2 failure modes.

1. The players cannot pick up all the reads and subtitles of the pro scheme. Even in Grahamís attack defense, how many time did he call a TO to save the defense from being out of position or was seen screaming on the sideline because the defense missed its reads?

2. The pro DC tries to water down his pro scheme for college players and the scheme no longer works. OCs are smart enough to find the weaknesses in the simplified defense and/or not all the college players are world class athletes to make the components of the defense work.

Also, cudevil brings up a good point about the roster being built around a 3-3-5. Unlike pro ball, it will take a couple years to once again adjust the roster to a 4 man front through future recruiting classes. Opponents will capitalize on such roster weaknesses. Three and four man lines ideally deploy different body types on the line and utilize different gap techniques and reads. That is a lot of retooled recruiting and coaching. That goes for LB responsibilities and pass coverage reads as well. This will not all fall on Lewis, but it all adds to the challenges of a basic scheme change.

BTW, is Chris Claiborne still looking for work?

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