As if the triple option scheme itself isn't hard enough for players to defend, defenses also have to deal with a quick, undersized offensive line (and backs) that loves to cut block, especially at the first and second level.
At his weekly presser yesterday as the Irish prepare for Navy's triple option, Brian Kelly had a few simple words of advice for his players that complain about the legal, yet annoying, cut blocks. The same goes for coaches.
"Stop being crybabies, and go play the game. I don't want to hear about cut blocks."
"Get in your stance, come off the ball, and just play the game. I don't want to hear about it. It's part of the game, and they're legal, so get off the ball and go play." Kelly explained.
"I told our guys, 'This is a no-cry zone this week,' I really don't want to hear about it. Go play the game, and go play the game the right way."