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Mark Whipple Officially Named Offensive Coordinator + Quarterbacks Coach


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2 hours ago, MyBloodIsRed16 said:

they also probably didn't have teams stacking the box daring Kenny P to throw the ball.  

 

Hugely underrated concept there, agreed.

 

It'll be really interesting to see how Northwestern's defense plays us in game one in that regard.

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1 minute ago, Undone said:

 

Hugely underrated concept there, agreed.

 

It'll be really interesting to see how Northwestern's defense plays us in game one in that regard.

I think if Trey Palmer is as fast as advertised that will help too.  If he can take the top off the defense, safeties won't be able to cheat up as much.  Toure was solid last year at getting open but I don't think he was quite that fast where guys had to give him room.  Oliver Martin remarked that he thought overall team speed has gone up not only in the WR room.  Get a couple burners out there and teams don't play so close to the line of scrimmage.  

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I think it's also a matter of whether or not the defense respects our blocking. For example with the way our tackles struggled at many points during last season it's kind of a no brainer to bring pressure.

 

This clogs running lanes if you run any kind of delay handoff and makes it hard for a QB like Martinez to find guys if it's a pass play.

 

I know a lot of people are crowning Thompson as a savior in this area and I really hope that he is, but it's just pretty damn hard for your QB to find open guys when the pass blocking sucks. That has to change.

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