Our style of O should protect our OL...

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    Our OL do not have to hold their blocks as long and they are a bit more spread out so I would think this system should help. Anyone know how Dukes OL did last yr? Any major injuries?
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    Duke's number are basically meaningless since they were against ACC defenses not SEC. I don't care how good a qb is , if the o-line is bad. You are in trouble. Remember what happen to this qb against Tenn. He got hurt because the line could not block. But our o-line should be better thus we will run better allowing more time when we pass.
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    Ideally, our new offense should slow down the pass rush both by forcing defenses to play vanilla and by tiring out defenders. The OL will hopefully not be required to protect the passer as long because Roper wants super quick decisions by the QB.

    We'll see soon enough. Excited.
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    There are some very good defenses in the ACC.

    And didn't Duke's offense carve up a SEC defense last year?
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    Duke's offenses were filled with 2* and if they're lucky, 3* players. I don't care if they were playing GA Southern, they played well together, like a well coached unit.
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    Quicker snaps, wider splits, getting rid of the ball faster will all make it easier for the OL. Then again, I'm not as concerned about our talent at OL as most here. I think we're going to have a pretty good unit by mid season, if not earlier.
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    Nah it was a&m's :)
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    I am as optimistic as most and my glasses are O&B but the only thing that will help our OL is good technique, fewer mistakes, playing people in their best position and IF we still struggle keeping a TE/RB in to block.

    Style of play only helps with inferior teams. With Bama, LSU, UGA, USC, & FSU it's going to be heart, determination, and a QB with a quick release.
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    Just playing 11 on 11 will help the OL. Without a TE receiving threat and a passing game that was designed for 5-10 yard passes opponents could load the box and expect a run between the tackles on 1st and 2nd down and a short throw on 3rd. We may see even more 5-10 yard passes this year but there will be bigger splits for the OL and hopefully, more YAC due to receivers and backs operating in space. Also, quicker releases, fewer holding penalties and fewer sacks mean extended drives. Last season a sack or penalty meant we were screwed and most times led to a punt.
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    Well anyway...Duke finished 10-3 and against ranked opponents, the Blue devils did the following:

    W: Duke 13 - #16 VaTech 10; http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?id=332990259
    W: Duke 48 - #24 Miami 30; http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?id=333200150

    L: #20 Duke 7 - #1 FSU 45; http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?id=333410052
    L: #23 Duke 48 - #18 TAMU 52; http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?id=333650245

    The other Duke losses were to Georgia Tech & Pittsburgh.
    http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/schedule/_/id/150/year/2013/duke-blue-devils


    Duke's defense is not as talented as UF's; so as a result, there were some shoot-outs with their opponents. FSU stomped Duke mainly because the seminoles' defense bottled up Duke's offense; eventually, FSU's offense pulled away!
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    I agree. Additionally, a good running game, winning the turn-over battle and sound special teams should play a big role, too!
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    I'll be interested to see how wide our splits are to start the season and whether or not we maintain that width successfully in SEC play.

    Not sure we have the lateral agility and balance on the OL to successfully run wide splits, without giving up a lot of penetration into the backfield whenever our more talented opponents want it. Or holding a lot. Or both.

    Hope I am way off base.
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    I feel good about Humphries and Garcia in that regard. They are both really good athletes. Not sure about the rest of the OL. We haven't run with wide splits since we had the twins.
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    I know... and as I recall we didn't stay with the wide splits either. I think they worked in a huge way for two or three games until teams starting attacking them, and then we tightened them back up.

    I also recall a very good Texas Tech team under Leach that lit up the Big 12 several years ago, that got a good whipping from Ole Miss. Same issue. Those splits are an invitation for fast strong athletes to wreak havoc in your backfield.

    I'm sure there's a balance to be had that will work for us. Will be interesting to see how it plays out.
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    We need for the second string OL to play significant minutes. This offense has the potential to run a lot of plays per game, and each drive will be run without much interruption. We have the quality depth at RB, WR and QB, but the OL depth is unknown. I suspect they'll get a lot of minutes in the first two games.
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    A good running game, winning the turn-over battle, and sound special teams will win pretty much every time.
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    From what I watched from Duke last year, they didn't really use wide splits on their offensive line or even with their wide receivers, rather using bunch sets quite often. In general of all the variations of the spread I've seen, this is one of the least "schemey" for a lack of a better word. It's emphasis on efficiency as opposed to explosively makes it seem a bit more vanilla than other variants of the spread imo.
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    No.

    Like i posted in another thread

    This "SEC Ds were dominant" argument is old and normally wrong in regards to last year. SEC Ds on average took a step back and the offenses overall are closer to 35ish if you drop Floridas 106th from the number. Saying Dukes numbers are pointless because they played in the ACC is, well, its just not right

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