Today we’ll discuss the nickel package, and how it could possibly delay the
development of the whip linebackers. We also compare Bruce Taylor and Tariq
Edwards to another excellent linebacker duo – Vince Hall and Xavier Adibi.
1) Is the use of the nickel package further delaying the development of the
Chris Coleman: That’s a good question, one that I hadn’t thought about
until now. Jeron Gouveia-Winslow had 23 plays against Appalachian State, but
just four against East Carolina. The Pirates went with 4-wide sets nearly the
entire game, so the nickel package was the best matchup.
That’s 27 plays through two games. The Arkansas State offense is a spread
offense as well, though they use an H-back type player more than they use a
fourth wide receiver. I’d expect Gouveia-Winslow to get closer to the 23 plays
he had against Appalachian State than the four he had against East Carolina.
Does it delay his development? Sure, a little. Not only because of the
limited reps in the game, but because of the limited reps in practice as well.
That’s just something that everyone is going to have to live with. Cris Hill is
a better matchup against teams like East Carolina. The coaching staff will do
what they have to do to win football games.
It will be different later in the season, against teams with different
styles. Gouveia-Winslow will play more against teams like Miami, North Carolina
and Boston College because they have more traditional offenses.
2) Is Josh Oglesby the biggest surprise of the season?
CC: I don’t think it’s a big surprise that he’s playing well. He didn’t
do a lot during the preseason, but he didn’t have a lot of opportunities either.
He does look quicker to me than he has in the past. He’s bounced a couple of his
touchdown runs to the outside, and that’s not something we ever saw from him in
the past. Still, his bread and butter is physical running between the tackles,
and I think he has done a good job with that so far.
I’m not sure we’ve...
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