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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Video Blog: Grantham Explains the One-Gap Scheme

(*Note: Read my feature from today's Telegraph on the latest on the QB competition HERE.)

I wrote on Friday that listening to Todd Grantham talk football is a fun experience. While I'll readily admit, a good bit of it goes over my head, I'm thrilled to interview a coach who doesn't dumb down what he's explaining just because the reporters he's explaining it to aren't exactly in football shape. He's direct, informative and, more than anything, extremely enthusiastic about what he's talking about.

Anyway, JM From Louisville posted this question on the blog a week or two ago: "Could you get one of the coaches to explain better the difference between a 2 gap 3-4 and a 1 gap 3-4 scheme?"

It's a good question, and one I'm guessing more than a few of you might have. So I of course posed the inquiry to Grantham, who delivered a patented Todd Grantham explanation.

If you want to get excited about football, you definitely want to watch this video. (And apologies in advance for the lighting.)

And that's not all from Grantham. Here's his thoughts on the advantages of the one-gap vs. the two-gap scheme...

"People that two-gap, they still play the gap based on the release of the block, so they still only have one gap, they're just squeezing the other gap. Which, truthfully, in a one-gap, you do the same thing, it's just -- you're playing this gap. Personally, the way we play it, it's better suited for today's game because, No. 1, you play the run physical and it allows you to rush the passer when that occurs. I think you have to be more disciplined to play this way, because you can always attack a guy, knock a guy back and come out of your hips, deliver blows and strike guys, then when he goes to pass, you convert. I think the way we play now is the way you want to play."

*Video courtesy of Brandon Spoon


<--- Dawg Stephen Himself said...

He makes me want to put on the pads and go hit someone.

AppleDawg said...

In related news, Willie Martinez has no idea what Todd just said