Death by a 1,000 Formations: University of Washington’s Offense

Be they simple or complex, offensive formations are critical to beating defenses, and, as Ted Nguyen explains, something which University of Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen knows how to do in seemingly endless ways. University of Washington head coach Chris Petersen earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from my alma mater UC Davis, where he played quarterback and later…

Vic Beasley Spins Out Against Ja’Wuan James

Athleticism will get take a player far in the NFL but it won’t take him to the top. Despite being a combine superstar, Vic Beasley has struggled to translate his athleticism to NFL success. Jon Ledyard highlights how Vic Beasley’s spins and counters weren’t enough against Miami Dolphins tackle Ja’Wuan James.  During Atlanta’s third preseason game, social…

Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham: Team Defense Personified

In order for Vanderbilt to take another leap into contention for the SEC crown they’ll need another strong performance from their defense, which is anchored by Zach Cunningham. Mark Schofield breaks down the linebacker to highlight his traits and how he fits into the Commodores’ defensive schemes.  Under third-year head coach David Mason, the Vanderbilt…

San Francisco 49ers Offensive Formation Breakdown: Gun Far Pro Twins – Part 2

The San Francisco 49ers should improve over last year’s debacle of a season, where they finished 5-11. Beyond addressing regular team needs, new coach Chip Kelly is probably facing his last chance to try his no-huddle offense in the NFL. Much-criticized for not managing the clock properly, the style does provide some unique and interesting…