tgo got a reaction from Justafan in Titans 2018 Coaching Staff (Update: Matt Edwards Hired as Asst. Special Teams Coach)
This is a new approach. Cool.
tgo got a reaction from Ricky in Titans 2018 Coaching Staff (Update: Matt Edwards Hired as Asst. Special Teams Coach)
This is a new approach. Cool.
tgo reacted to Superhorn in McVay's/Lafleur Offense
At least worth pointing out - inside zone is very different from outside zone. Yes, Henry ran a ton of IZ at Alabama. It was the foundation of their offense when he was there. Inside zone is associated with a physical brand of football. The back and offensive line attack downhill. The RBs is aiming to run inside the tackles.
Alternatively, outside zone starts the play with the offensive line and the back working laterally. The idea is to punish over aggressive defenses or fronts that aren't gap sound...more of a finesse style of running. The initial run point is off tackle, but the onus is on the back to plant and "run to daylight". It's a unique skillset that isn't necessarily highlighted in a traditional power/counter/IZ scheme.
I've watched a couple of games from the Rams last year. Outside zone isn't as heavily run as, say, Shanahan runs it. But, I don't think it's a stretch to say that play is a major foundation for them. What's unclear is whether that's personnel related, or dogma. McVay coached under Jay Gruden that comes from a WCO background (like Shanahan), but Gruden's tree isn't rooted in the ZBS scheme. They are more multiple in the way they run the ball. This isn't to say that Shanahan isn't multiple, but their run preference is very clearly rooted in outside zone. The concern is that LeFleur has basically been in an system rooted in outside zone for a decade now, which makes you wonder if he can adapt.
Back to personnel. If you go back and watch Gurley at UGA, you'll note that they actually ran quite a bit of outside zone. So, moving the offense towards that scheme made sense. Unfortunately for us, we don't know if they would have forced that scheme if he weren't a fit.
I don't think Henry fits an outside zone scheme, but only time will tell how dogmatic LeFleur will be.
tgo reacted to OILERMAN in Thoughts on new staff
I've been super busy and couldn't do the podcast or really post much(down to 50 posts per day!)
The bottom line is I believe the staff has been upgraded in terms of OC and DC. I wanted Shanahan hired when he was with the Skins and his scheme is my favorite, LaFleuer comes from that scheme. Although Lafleuer has never called plays he's been around great play callers and last year had a hand in rebuilding Goff into a successful QB. He's been around some great play action offenses and will likely use Mariota's strength in that regard. If there is one thing Mariota does it's improve his weaknesses, he would have done that regardless of who they hired or even whether they changed staffs, combining that work ethic with LaFleuer could pay big dividends.
Pees runs a zone baed 4 man rush like I've been clamoring for. I think he'll do a good job(way better than DL) as long as he's given talent.
As far as Vrabel, I really don't think it's a big deal. In terms of being a head coach it's probably a step down to Mularkey just in terms of experience. I've said it before, I really don't think Vrabel will win or lose games himself, Robinson and Mariota will have a much bigger impact on wins.
One thing I like is Robinson appears to be in total charge. One thing I can't stand about veteran coaches is their loyalty to vets. Coaches play aging or underperforming vets too long, see Eddie George/Murray. Robinson can let Vrabel chum it up with the guys while Robinson plays executioner from above. I believe this is a much better situation. Coaches form relationship with players that Robinson won't/shouldn't. Belichick is the lone coach who successfully plays both roles. Even Brady is afraid BB will cut him lol.
Mularkey took over in the perfect spot. This team was rock bottom coming off 2 and 3 win seasons, there was no where to go but up. They also had a QB, franchise LT and #1 pick, so the rebuild already had major corner stones. Vrabel is pretty much taking over a team in the exact opposite position. This team has holes and the 25th pick and they could take a step back after winning a playoff game. I personally think the record will have to be judged in context. Vrabel deserves rope early on.
The immediate success or failure lies more with Robinson than Vrabel. Some of the players he's acquired like Henry, Taylor, Cyprien and the upcoming additions are going to have to step up and solidify the roster.
tgo got a reaction from VanCityTitan in what position group does JRob attack first this offseason
tgo reacted to Face in Mariota in LaFleur's Offense
I've been a bit busy the last few days so haven't been on as much. I couldn't be any more excited, I think I'd rather this then DeFillippo. I've always loved the Shanahan offense, if anybody looks back in my posting history they'll see that.
I like everything about it. I love play action & think almost every team underutilizes it. I've always been amazed at the production Shanahan got out of bad QB's just by play faking a lot, they'd get so many easy, defined reads in the 15-25 yard area. I love the playaction boots. Kubiak used to kill us with playaction boots, often hitting the 2nd TE on deep balls. Jonnu wlll actually make sense in this offense, he'll be a huge threat against LBers. I just love the simplicity of a play action boot on the 1st play of a drive to get a quick 20 yards.
This offense ALWAYS has a good running game, it's inside & outside zone all day. They do a few things really well. I would cut Ben Jones & start Schwenke, his athleticism is much better suited for this offense.
I think this offense is the best system for 95% of teams. The only situations where I'd say it isn't is when you have a truly special, generational QB. I know Peyton didn't like it. Reason being is the one downside is that it doesnt spread the ball around much. There's a reason the Texans never bothered with talented secondary receivers. It's all about the X & the TE. There's not as many plays where the QB
goes thru progressions up & down the field. Not many can. So your Mannings & Brady's are better off in wide open Erhardt Perkins type offenses, with complex options routes & the like.
tgo reacted to AussieTitanFan08 in Broncos close to a deal for Kirk Cousins?
doesn't have to be a tag and trade, can be a sign and trade, would be totally dependent on Cousins being satisfied with the contract and destination.
the only benefit for any team going down this route, is if they feel like the price tag will become significantly higher salary wise if Cousins actually hits the market as a true FA.
tgo reacted to Jonboy in Mariota in LaFleur's Offense
I'm reminded of this pre-draft article often:
These plays are just a snapshot, but they illustrate the difficulties that come with evaluating Mariota. He passes arm strength thresholds to throw into the intermediate portions of the field. He’s willing to test windows in the intermediate range and can do so with anticipation. He’s also a plus-athlete who is extremely adept at avoiding free rushers. It’s admirable that despite being highly athletic, he wants to play within the confines of the pocket.
On the other hand, Mariota’s accuracy and decision-making are highly dependent on playing in rhythm. He also gets extremely uncomfortable when he perceives pressure or his space being threatened.
Then there are the issues of projecting his game to the NFL from the Oregon offense. This doesn’t even include the learning curve he’ll face of having to say word-salad NFL play-calls in a huddle and playing at a much slower pace. He also rarely played from behind or with the offense off-schedule.
Mariota has flaws, but they’re not necessarily fatal – after all, Matt Ryan struggles mightily with his space being constricted and he is highly dependent on being in rhythm. They also have a similar range of functional velocity as throwers.
Developing a good, consistent post throw like Ryan will be an absolute necessity for Mariota – in terms of functional arm strength, it’s an anticipation throw at the edge of their limits. Mariota is a better athlete with more escapability, and Ryan is a far more precise player in the intermediate areas.
Skimming through that bit again today...I think Mariota will excel in this offense. Not even sure it will feel "constricting" to him at first given his task-oriented nature.
tgo reacted to smokeater in Potential Vrabel Staff?
Too bad Bud gave us one last good fucking by guilting Munch into taking the HC spot. Best OL coach in the league IMO, and we could have had him for life. And now where is he? On the god for saken sideline of the pukesburg stealers. Are you frigging kidding me?!
Keep rotting in that grave you filthy old scrooge.
tgo reacted to mctitan53 in Titans 2018 Coaching Staff (Update: Matt Edwards Hired as Asst. Special Teams Coach)
Defensive staff is filling out nicely. Still a few holes on offense and a few unconfirmed retentions.
Offensive Coordinator - Matt LaFleur
Quarterbacks - Pat O’Hara
Running Backs - ???
Wide Receivers - Rob Moore
Assistant Wide Receivers - Luke Steckel (unconfirmed)
Tight Ends - Arthur Smith
Offensive Line - ???
Defensive Coordinator - Dean Pees
Defensive Line - Tyrell Williams
Outside Linebackers - Shane Bowen
Inside Linebackers - Tyrone McKenzie
Secondary - Kerry Coombs
??? - Matt Pees
Special Teams - ???
Assistant Special Teams - Craig Aukerman (unconfirmed)
Strength & Conditioning - Steve Watterson (unconfirmed)