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Todd Grantham’s Defense ∙ Line Play with a Twist

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by mulegator, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. mulegator

    mulegator Neanderthal Ninja Vigilante Moderator VIP Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    University of Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham goes through drills with the Gators defensive ends during spring camp
    Gator Country photo by David Bowie

    Todd Grantham’s defense will bring line play with a twist
    By David Wunderlich
    June 11, 2018

    Last year, you may have seen criticism of Randy Shannon’s defense being too “vanilla” or too “basic”. I think some of the reason he did keep it simple is that he had linebackers and, increasingly as injuries took their toll, defensive backs who were inexperienced.

    One place that excuse didn’t apply was the defensive line. The Gators had a lot of veterans up front, but Shannon didn’t employ a lot of different defensive line techniques. The linemen largely just rushed straight forward.

    This made blitzes fairly simple too. A single linebacker might take an interesting route, but for the most part, blitzes ended up being what they appeared to be prior to the snap. Some teams, LSU in particular, used that to their advantage. The Tigers picked up several infuriating conversions on third-and-medium because they knew exactly where Shannon’s players were going to go and called a play to hit the voids left by them.

    Todd Grantham mixes things up a lot more ...

    Todd Grantham’s defense will bring line play with a twist | GatorCountry.com

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  2. grant1

    grant1 GC Hall of Fame

    Nov 10, 2009
    The last clip in the story has the DL with no pressure and the wide open WR dropping an easy pass. Not sure I would use this clip to demonstrate Grantham's defense.
  3. themistocles

    themistocles VIP Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Temple Terrace, FL
    Thanks Mule, well presented.

    Perhaps the most interesting part was how well a couple of twists worked in the 1st half, and how the LSU OLine learned and adjusted by the 2nd.
  4. antny

    antny GC Hall of Fame

    May 28, 2007
    Did you read the article? That clip was an example of how LSU adjusted ans handled the defense perfectly despite the dropped pass which is why that clip was used