RandomFan Posted August 18, 2015 Share Posted August 18, 2015 Just a few random, quick observations from the first game that I haven't seen mentioned anywhere else yet. Gonna post a relevant picture to the discussion to follow.-- Unlike Seattle, we didn't play our 1-Tech Nose Tackle in a slanted position. The cocked NT over the Center is something Carroll has used for years. Instead we played across the Center straight on, either at the 1-Tech, or a true 0-tech a few times. We'll probably never know if this is simply something Quinn likes to do differently, or if it's something that fits our players better, i.e. Soliai. But Mbu played the same way. It's a minor detail that is moderately interesting to me at least.-- For the base defense we played the traditional Seattle defensive alignments I was expecting to see: 5-tech SDE of Jackson, 1-tech NT of Soliai, and 3-tech DT of Hageman. It was interesting to see that the 5-tech actually lined up quite often as a 4-tech instead. In fact, Jackson's sack came from a 4-tech alignment. Goodman was a 4-tech quite a bit after he subbed in for Jackson. I knew we'd see the 4-tech some, but if the first game is any indication Quinn might favor it more in his own defensive scheme over how often Carroll did.-- We only played 3 snaps before Quinn subbed in the NASCAR D Line package. Out came Soliai, Hageman, and Jackson, in came Schofield, Babs, and Clayborn. We never did really see a true nickel package where it was a mix of big and small this game. It was either a regular big-boy base defense, or a full small-guy pass rushing NASCAR package. I'm sure that will change in the future, but it was an interesting observation nonetheless. It will be interesting to see what the rotation looks like in week 3 when the starting groups play the entire 1st half and into the 3rd quarter.-- The alignment was interesting in the NASCAR sub package of Schofield, Babs, and Clayborn, and also the backups when they came in later. Both of the DE's were aligned as expected - as wide 9's well outside the far shoulder of the OT's. But the DT's were aligned in a 2i and a 4i technique. You'll notice in the picture above that those are unusual alignments, and not often seen. This seems to be a new Dan Quinn wrinkle added to the Seattle scheme. Of course I haven't watched enough of Seattle to know how often they use that alignment, so perhaps it's not so unusual. But what I have watched of them, it's not something I picked up on enough to say they did regularly do this.-- Worrilow was in at LBer for every play, including sub packages, until the 1st string was pulled. A lot of us were wondering who our nickel LBers were going to be; well, at least for preseason week 1, we have our answer. The big question is going to be will Reed take his place there once he returns from injury? Or will Reed do like his counterpart in Seattle (Irvin) and move down to a pass rushing DE spot? Something to keep an eye on going forward. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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