Strategy Minicamps

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Strategy Minicamps

Too Deep Zone: Protecting Rex Grossman

Does Rex Grossman have what it takes to win playoff games for the Bears? Maybe not, but he has what it takes to not lose them. Mike Tanier dissects three weeks worth of game tape to learn how coordinator Ron Turner uses simple schemes and short throws to hide his quarterback's weaknesses.

46 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2007, 1:19am by Fnor

Too Deep Zone: Running Against the Colts

Everyone knows that the Colts run defense stinks. But we've studied the tape to find out why. Mike Tanier breaks down several running plays that have worked against the Colts and looks for the reasons behind their defensive collapse. It turns out that there is no shortage of culprits.

76 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2007, 5:37am by Dave

Too Deep Zone: Multi-Tight End Sets in the Passing Game

Get ready for all of the seam routes, corner routes, and flat routes you can handle! In Part 2 of a Two Deep Zone/Minicamp special, Mike Tanier analyzes how teams are using multiple tight ends in the passing game, whether as blockers, receivers, or decoys.

42 comments, Last at 11 Nov 2010, 2:37am by cheap replica purses

Too Deep Zone: Running with Multiple Tight Ends

In the first of a two-part series, Mike Tanier breaks down game tape of the Cowboys, Redskins, and Patriots, examining how those teams use two-tight end sets to create mismatches and confusion in the running game.

35 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2006, 2:14pm by Alan C.

Stemming and Disguising Coverage

Offensive motion before the snap is tightly regulated. But defensive players can move around as much as they want, shifting formations and creating mismatches. Defensive coordinators call this pre-snap motion "stemming," and it is the subject of this summer's final Strategy Minicamp.

48 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2007, 6:24am by Cam

The Passing Game IV: Spread Offense

Once upon a time, a man named Mouse revolutionized football by dispensing with the fullback and tight end and using four wide receivers as his base offense. The run-and-shoot was going to change the NFL -- until people discovered that it, too, had its weaknesses. In the final part of our series on the passing game, Michael David Smith looks at the ideas behind the run-and-shoot and its modern iteration, the spread offense.

73 comments, Last at 23 Feb 2009, 4:03am by Gut

The Passing Game III: Bootlegs

The third part of our series on passing offense covers the play-action bootleg. Mike Tanier leaves the pocket, rolls right, and gives you the scoop on the waggle.

26 comments, Last at 05 Feb 2007, 9:21pm by mark

The Passing Game II: Slants and Flats

The quick slant is the pass route that made Bill Walsh a genius and changed the way NFL football was played in the 1980s. Our latest strategy minicamp examines several variations on the classic Slant-and-Flats play. Find out how it works and why it is so darn hard to stop.

29 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2006, 11:22pm by Vern

The Science of Pass Offense

In the first of a four-part Minicamp series on the passing game, Mike Tanier breaks down the basics of pass protection, patterns, and quarterback drops.

90 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2010, 10:17am by abv

Kickoff Coverage II: Spears and Gunners

Television camera angles make the kickoff coverage unit look like vaguely organized chaos, but special-teamers spend hours watching film and studying the Xs and Os on the blackboard for a reason. Last week, Michael David Smith took a look at the kickoff return team; this week, we flip things around to look at the coverage unit.

29 comments, Last at 27 Jul 2006, 7:49pm by slimsanghvi