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  • Video: Bill Belichick’s face when…

    The NFL is in the heart of its offseason, which allows four-time Super Bowl champion quarterbacks the freedom to plunge four stories into uncertain waters below.

    Wait, what?

    Never doing that again! #AirBrady

    Posted by Tom Brady on Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Let’s go live to Bill Belichick for his reaction:

    Bill Belichick face

  • “If your players don’t understand the scheme you can’t expect proper intensity, effort, or toughness”

    For Pat Narduzzi and his staff, spending time in the classrooms teaching scheme (and more importantly, making sure that players understand it) may be more important in the big picture of things than the time spent on the practice field.

    The same can probably said for any first year staff installing a new offensive and defensive scheme, so hear me out.

    After the seventh Spring practice under the new staff, Narduzzi was asked about the possible correlation between a lack of execution and a lack of intensity. He then explained that you can’t expect either of them without first having an understanding of the scheme.

    “There are two reasons they don’t execute. They’re either trying not to execute, or they don’t know what they’re doing.” Narduzzi explained after practice.

    “It’s hard to execute when you don’t know what you’re doing. And if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s hard to be intense about it because you can’t do it in full force, so those go hand in hand.”

    “That’s why we talk about playing with intensity, and effort, and toughness – but you have to have the knowledge because if you don’t have knowledge, you won’t have any of that. That’s why these classrooms are so important.”

    Good point by Narduzzi. So before you jump on your kids for any of those three things – intensity, effort, or toughness – keep that in mind and make sure they have a thorough understanding of the scheme first.

  • Video of the Day – Mic’d up at Linebacker U

    Video of the Day

    Monday March 30, 2015

    Mic’d up at Linebacker U

  • Video: Western Kentucky’s “The Playoffs”

    USA Today

    USA Today

    It was hard to see Western Kentucky’s 2014 season ending the way it eventually did back on Nov. 1. The Hilltoppers were 3-5 and fresh off a 59-10 drubbing at Louisiana Tech.

    That’s when head coach Jeff Brohm essentially wiped the slate clean and stressed the idea that Western Kentucky had entered its own version of the playoffs. To extend its season, the Hilltoppers had to win. And that they did.

    WKU beat UTEP 35-7, then blew out Army and UTSA by a combined 97-31. At 6-5, Western Kentucky closed the season in more exciting fashion than any team outside of Columbus, stunning then-undefeated Marshall 67-66 in overtime and then holding off a furious rally to beat Central Michigan 49-48 in the inaugural Bahamas Bowl. When’s the last time a team ended back-to-back games with a successful two-point conversion and then a thwarted two-point try?

    Riding a five-game winning streak (fifth best in college football) and returning 16 starters, Western Kentucky like where it stands heading into 2015. This video makes it easy to see why.

  • Pat Narduzzi explains the most vital position group to an elite defense

    Pat Narduzzi knows a thing or two about elite defenses. Dating back to 2011, Narduzzi’s Spartan Dawg defense in East Lansing ranked in the top 10 in total defense every season, and it was those on-the-field results that led to him to the head coaching position at Pitt.

    Yesterday, after his sixth spring practice at leading the Panthers, Narduzzi was asked which position group is most important to having an elite defense.

    “I think a strong defensive line is,” Narduzzi explained. “It starts up front. If you can’t win up front with those guys, you’ve got a problem.”

    “You could have a great secondary, and more, but if you don’t have a defensive line that can put some pressure on the quarterback, you’re going to have issues. So it starts up front, both offensively and defensively.”