Originally Posted by cofcgamecock9
Lawing focused on gap control. Quote from Chaz regarding Lawing.. "But when we were playing in the gap (under Lawing) you've got to kind of hold up, let the linebackers flow and hope that you can go make a play."
Deke is more aggressive. Here is a quote from Chaz regarding Deke... ""It's easier for us to make plays now because we can just get upfield and react and get to the ball." He also says that Deke focuses on attacking every play by getting up field as fast as possible.
I was thinking about how that has kind of played out in what we have seen on the field.
First, we are one of the top teams in the country in sacks and tackles for a loss. You get those by being aggressive and getting into the backfield.
On the other hand, we don't look as good as in past years at stopping runs like the Wildcat, etc because we are struggling at filling gaps.
I really don't know that one is better than the other as far as philosophy. I know people are going to say that Lawing's philosophy is better, but I think it is too early to tell. We are only 3 games into the season.
But I will say this. I think one problem we have seen is that it is hard to have your d-lineman be that aggressive and give up gap control when you have a linebacking group as young as ours.
I think our coaches misjudged the inexperience we had at LB......I think the DL is fine.