|Franklin as Superman|
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To put it in most basic terms, if the QB sees the defense stacking the line and/or not leaving deep cover help (in a Cover 0), the read will be pass with the hope of hitting a home run. If the defense only puts a base front and plays Cover 2, the QB is going to call for a run, as there will be a 7 (five linemen, the QB and the RB) on 5 (three linemen and two line backers) advantage. Missouri has about 15 basic plays they run; all but one that keys off the deep cover and number of men in the box. That play would be their orbit option where they drag one of the inside backs (Y or H) across, often times with a TE in to draw two cover guys away from the direction the back is going. By doing so, it allows the QB to read the Y or H hand off, QB keeper, or pass to one of the receivers, often times to the receiver that is isolated on the outside since that cover guy has to hesitate slightly on the possibility of the hand off.
The only trade off they make is they line the QB up deeper in the shot gun than in a traditional shotgun. This gives the QB a little better view of what is going on in front of him and makes defenses cover a bit more ground before they can get to the QB. The downside is the QB/RB have more ground to make up to get positive yards on runs, and in Franklin's case a few more yards he's got to throw the football.
Their offense is predicated on the QB making the right reads and exploiting the defense's over pursuit of what they think will happen.
So, how does a defense stop it? You have to be consistent in disguising your coverage, you have to force the QB into making bad decisions after revealing your coverage, and you need to blitz from all over the field. Oh, and you need to have an athletic linebacker who can effectively green dog by spying the QB, but also effectively covering the middle of the field if the QB makes a pass read. Bringing speed to meet speed is key.
|I'd count on plenty of Jarvis in the backfield|
Sounds simple, right?
One other thing. I can't help but to think that huge running lane we kept giving Zordich was a bait of sorts. Grantham was willing to give that up to keep what he has planned for this week under wraps. David Yost is a very good offensive coordinator, but no matter how good, if you have to devote time to planning for something you haven't seen, that is less time you have to plan of other things. In that way, Georgia's defense has to take an offensive mentality and get Franklin to try to do the things he is less comfortable with, like deep passes and zip passes into tight spots.
Missouri is going to get their yards. The key is to keep them from getting them in 94 yard drives and converting them into points. Southeastern Louisiana did just that. Yes, Missouri scored 60, but 28 of those were returns and turnovers converted into TDs. The Tigers do have a potent offense, but it is an offense that can be stymied.