Tuesday, March 20, 2012

UNC Football: Breakdown of Tar Heel Offense/Defense Under Larry Fedora

Another article from Chris Brown of Smart Football in a special for the North Carolina Scout.com site breaks down Larry Fedora's offense and Vic Koenning's defense.
While there are spread offenses, like Mike Leach's, that are built to throw it all of the time, and those, like Rich Rodriguez's or Chip Kelly's, built to predominantly run the ball, the word that probably best describes Fedora's system is balance. Although Fedora's offense -- somewhat strangely, in my opinion -- has a reputation as a pure, run-first attack in the mold of say, Oregon's, to me it is very different, primarily because I can think of no other offense that does as good of a job being dynamic in both the run and the pass as the one Fedora brings with him to Chapel Hill.

A team can't credibly claim to be a 4-3 or 3-4 team and simply stand pat. Offenses are too good and too variable -- both from week to week and within the games themselves. In modern college football, offenses are spread and they are pro-style and they are old-school and they are new-school -- sometimes all at once. Defenses simply must have answers.
I could not agree more here with Brown. Many fans want to stuck on the strengths and weaknesses of the 4-3 or 3-4 or 4-2-5, etc. On defense you have to have big, strong athletes above all else. You cannot scheme your way to a top defense like you can on offense.

Offense Breakdown

Defense Breakdown

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