WEAKSIDE (OUTSIDE) LINEBACKER TECHNIQUE from FishDuck.com Coaches
—1. The Butterfly Effect: The Spread Offense Effect on the Philadelphia Eagles’ Inside Linebackers
Text Analysis Published 7-26-2015
The rise of the spread offense in the 21st century generated a butterfly effect on defenses. Coaches in bastions of the spread such as the Pac-12 responded to three, four and five receiver formations by using 3-4 or 3-3-5 fronts. This allowed them to easily disguise blitzes and drop eight men into coverage. The play-makers in these schemes are inside linebackers behind the wall who must be rangy and athletic. For this reason, college football influences Chip Kelly’s actions in the NFL and his choice of personnel at this position reflects that. Kelly’s collection of inside linebackers who played on college teams that used three-man fronts shows how a coach’s decisions on offense also shape his decisions on defense. PICTURES MUST BE RE-INSERTED
–2. Oregon’s New Edge on Defense
Text Analysis: June 20, 2017
Coach Ruskin Fiegenbaum breaks down technique for an edge defender guarding the perimeter, of which is essential for every defense.
–3. Jack of All Trades: A Comparison of Connor Barwin and Tyson Coleman
Text and GIF Analysis: February 4, 2015
Joe Kearns explains many of the skills needed by Outside Linebackers and gives good examples.
Go to the OREGON FOOTBALL ANALYSIS LIBRARY by FishDuck.com front page to find the articles and links here.
Articles about the Oregon Spread Offense under coaches Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich, Scott Frost, Mario Cristobal, Marcus Arroyo and Willie Taggart are present along with plays and tactics.
The Oregon Defensive Articles and Analysis are present on this page as well.
Charles Fischer (FishDuck)