Coaches’ Corner

An NFL assistant coach called me to offer his opinions after watching the USC-Oregon State game.
“USC does some unusual things. They have their outside linebacker line up inside the No. 3 receiver, not outside like you are supposed to, which means you can get outflanked by the receiver
“It’s almost like they’re saying, we’re better than you and we’ll rely on our athletic ability.
“They also align the free safety right in the middle of the field, so the quarterback knows if they are in zone or man-to-man coverage. And they can’t have an 8-man box with their formation, only a 7-man, if they need to stop the run.
“It’s like they’re saying, `Our athletes are just better than you.’ ”

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