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“Theoretical football is the notion that American football is an exceedingly complex sport that requires a branch of learning. Its goal is to accentuate the cerebral, academic, and quantifiable aspects of American football.” - Denauld William Brown
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We will also give an in-depth look at some of the formational intent that defines this master architect.Defending The Best Offensive Minds Topic: Noel Mazzone Offensive Coordinator UCLA By Denauld William Brown This is a continued series on how to read and defend offensive formations pre-snap. NEXT TOPIC: Chip Kelly Head Football Coach Philadelphia Eagles . We will discuss the pre-snap formations run by UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.
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notice the depth this case the “R” tilts they create leverage of the running back as the formation into the problems for a defense lower than the boundary. along with the slot. . However it is likely a “game planed” formation that was specifically designed for this particular opponent.Pro Slot Number of running backs: 1 Number of receivers: 2 Number of Tight ends: 2 Formation Type: Male Formation demeanor: Run 2 Slot sets are featured the defense to #3 or “MO”. It is simply this formation require depending on where too heavy of a formation to be anything else? Not flipping the “Z” receiver on the line of scrimmage is a clear indication that this formation lacks multiplicity. players are located? In formations because Now. The motion confirms this observation presnap. will the defense side of the slot with this than not. executed towards the “wing” is more likely First. Why is that in almost any coverage quarterback? The significant? The concept versus the slot. the on many of these consider? TE “winged” “Middle” “Of” the formation assessments. if there any being run or passed in that need to be asked run plays that can be the direction of the about this scenario. how many Formations can be tilted the formation into the basic adjustments does one way or the other boundary. question that should be chances of the ball There are two questions asked is. sets need to be adjustedoffensive 5 eligible They are good too. The slot adjust with “corners inverted alignment by aspect can be a over” or with a “spin” the quarterback and distraction considering of the safeties? running back? X what is going on with Secondly.
” or in fact. “behind” an adjacent a pre-snap. master play caller. The “Y” style. Making the defense await front. Motion is the key to this offense. A question that to motion is who the specific player is needs to be asked is if there are any motioning towards? For example the “F” disadvantages if the “F” aligned in a back. His unique ability to The “F” traveling behind the “Y” create pre-snap illusions with motion and increases the likely hood of the “Y” precise alignments is very unique to his being the intended receiver.Pro Number of running backs: 2 Number of receivers: 2 Number of Tight ends: 1 Formation Type: Male Formation demeanor: Run 3 Noel Mazzone is a unique thinker and a This can create confusion to a defense. on the fly teammate really matters in this offense.” X . 3x1 adjustment. being on the line of scrimmage confirms The concept of a motioning player “in that prospect. is in motion 3x1pre-snap rather than a motion to a towards the “Y” and “Z” receivers with 3x1? the option of motioning behind the “Y. can be nerve racking in a zone or man Another important feature that pertains concept on defense. in this scenario.
and possible However this particular motion is a smart blitz plan to side of the offset back. Formations. defensive front. You way of keep the defense honest. about this formation is that both inside The middle of the field in college football receivers are on the line of scrimmage. is likely when a defense with accumulate Evaluating these formations is an attemptmost of its tendencies. A quick what are the chances that a running play motion behind the quarterback is not will be run after this specific motion? X . and location where an offense will have a quantifiable qualities of the game of majority of its “game planed” calls football. It is also the to accentuate the cerebral. The plays. academic. This should reconsider that plan given the mirrored twins set is an interesting type of offense that Noel Mazzone formation choice likely prompted by employs. coverage. The first thing that stands out being located in the middle of the field. as apposed to because of those tendencies. really are to key to any success an question to ask about this formation is offense will have in scoring.Pro Number of running backs: 1 Number of receivers: 3 Number of Tight ends: 1 Formation Type: Male Formation demeanor: Run 4 Many defensive game plans set their necessarily common in any offense.
X .Pro Slot Number of running backs: 2 Number of receivers: 2 Number of Tight ends: 1 Formation Type: Male Formation demeanor: Run 5 A standard definition of a “slot” formation is “any formation where the “X” and “Z” are on the same side. Its impressive and Noel Mazzone deserves to be called a master play caller. Almost all of his formation threaten to end in slot or some type of trips with motion.” This is a very difficult offense to defend because its multiplicity and precision. Regardless of the type of defense you run versus Noel Mazzone you are going to require a comprehensive plan for how to adjust to slot and trips formations. He plays a great chess game of decoy and primary receivers. This is just a sophisticated way of playing “cat and mouse. and prior to the snap? That is a hard question to answer given the speed of these motions. Noel Mazzone makes you ask the question who is the most dangerous receiver in the passing game after the motion.
This is imperative given the nature of the play clock and how quarterbacks are taught to manage the game. because of the amount of running quarterbacks.” This type of 3x1 trips look can be considered a pseudo “quads” depending on your coverage concept? Given the amount of quarters coverage played into todays college game. With this many motions in one offense it would be a challenge to gauge the amount of plays an offense would run. this formation and motion is a quarters killer. However motion is a great controller of the clock which gives way to dictating the pace of a the game to a defense. In this scenario you see the “R” back motioning behind the “F” towards the “Y” and “Z. X .Pro Number of running backs: 1 Number of receivers: 3 Number of Tight ends: 1 Formation Type: Male Formation demeanor: Run 6 Great play callers need to know prior to the contest how many plays they want to run by games end? If you do not do this now then you need to start. These formations and motions give Noel Mazzone the flexibility to have success versus almost any coverage concept you run versus him.
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