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Fred F.

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Wake's running game vs. others

What I'm used to is watching a RB get the ball and try to accelerate through the hole as quickly as possible. An RPO is a bit different, so there is some hesitation in the backfield while QB makes the read, but then if RB gets the ball, he takes off.

What I saw from Wake (note: I did not watch the uNC game, so UNC may have done same) was a value of patience over acceleration. It felt like the RB held in the backfield for an extra full second to look at how the play developed, and then accelerated. Against a team with no run pressure, it allowed the RB to pick us apart. I know we have focused on our lack of pass rush, but we have no pressure up front against the run either. A stronger defensive front would have shut down that type of run game, IMO.

So given that, if we're going to get blown off the ball on a run or a pass, other teams don't need to use misdirection against us and pretty much anything they call is going to work. If we were super aggressive getting into the backfield, and screens or draws or misdirection were beating us, then we could look at a scheme change. If we can't get any pressure at all, then I don't know that there is a scheme that we could call that would work against anything.
[Post edited by Fred F. at 09/27/2021 11:25AM]

(In response to this post by LTHoo)

Posted: 09/27/2021 at 11:25AM


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