31 Jul 2013
This is a really good idea. Ted Bartlett of Denver Broncos blog "It's All Over Fatman" has come up with an idea to describe defensive schemes using a series of letters, as if they were personalities in the Myers-Briggs Indicator. You end up with descriptions that are much more detailed than just "3-4" vs. "4-3," not to mention more applicable in a league where teams now have to play nickel or dime the majority of the time. The splits:
Stack (2-gap) vs. Penetrate (1-gap)
Downhill run D vs. Flow run D
Man vs. Zone
Coverage-oriented vs. Blitz-oriented
You may disagree with some of Bartlett's designations of which team is which. For example, I've always thought of the Patriots are more of a Flow run D, because they tend to teach read-and-react, rather than a Downhill run D. In addition, he's made some adjustments for how teams are changing in 2013 but missed a few. Jacksonville will now be playing the same defense as Seattle, for example, and even if they weren't, the Jaguars have always been a primarily-zone team. Nonetheless, it's a pretty good go for a guy who's mainly a Broncos fan. And the idea is really sound. We may have to steal this idea for next year's book.
Well, steal with attribution, anyway.
26 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2013, 3:11pm by Scott Crowder
One of the NFL's best receivers notched a -2.3% DVOA last year. Does a target-by-target breakdown show he was better than that?