Discussion in 'The Tradition' started by Mogriffjr, Jan 22, 2011.
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Team Strengths and Weakness on paper: Rutgers has a QB with a solid arm who is also quite accurate. Overall this is a down year for their offense on paper, but that doesn't mean they aren't going to be a bitch to stop. They will look to match up with you on offense and they like to go to a pretty talented young TE quite a bit. On defense they have two nice defensive ends that at times can be a real handful. They have good speed in the secondary and have an aggressive overall team. Despite that this isn't a shut-down defense at all.
Offensive Gameplan and play calling - Mo tends to mix things up quite a bit. You will see quick stuff to the outside, screens, counters, off tackle plays, etc. He is good at seeing the weakness in a zone defense especially if you are blitzing and leaving big holes to the outside and deep. I recommend running these types of plays against him very rarely. You can play zone occasionally but don't send the house very often while doing it. That's only going to work if you totally surprise him with it. Today it killed us the few times we tried anything. Keep in mind that if you see four WR, it is likely an empty set with a fast TE lining up over the middle. When it comes down to needing to score he will try to get it to this TE or possibly hit one of the slot guys.. Unless you're in zone, then he is looking to hurt the edges of the D deep.
Defensive Gameplan and play calling - The more things change, the more they stay the same. Mo users one of the two safeties every play, usually toward the wide side of the field, and either crashes down extremely hard against the run, or helps out weaknesses on defense or plays as he sees them developing. In this game he was often time focused on the underneath stuff, allowing us to hit a couple of passes down the field for big scores. However, he shut down our run completely with his aggression today. In the past, with good offensive teams, I have been able to take advantage of this overzealous nature, however it wasn't in the cards today. I recommend running draws early on to get in his mind that he has to pay attention to the HB for quite a long time, possibly opening up the pass.
Special Teams - He punts it long and deep and in play, allowing for returns but he is great at hitting you hard in the open field. He is a switch hitstick, switch hitstick type player which really bugs the shit out of me. This goes for defense once the play breaks down and he switches off the safety.
Stick Skillz - Mo is still good on the sticks and probably always will be, however, the lack of immediate change of direction has taken away the possibility for him to cover so much of the field by himself. Nevertheless he has adjusted and is still able to make himself a pain by controlling a position in the secondary and getting himself into the LOS area as soon as you hand the ball off.
Summary - Mo is always a challenge to play due to his ability to fill with the safety and rarely missing a tackle with him. It's not like he comes up and just makes a crazy attempt at the ball, he is usually right on the money and hitting you HARD. However, he is not unbeatable. It is important to pay attention to him, yet not get TOO caught up in where he is and what he's doing with the safety. If you make the right reads you will hurt this defense.
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