Sunday, February 26, 2017
Army Offense vs. Navy Defense
Army has thrown three more interceptions than any other Division I-A team, and it can't afford to turn the ball over this week, so offensive coordinator Kevin Ross should try to establish the run early. The good news for Black Knights' fans is the offensive line is big enough to control the line of scrimmage, working an undersized Navy defensive front. It should open up some seams for running back Wesley McMahand, who makes up for his lack of ideal power by reading his blocks well and hitting the hole hard. The bad news is the Midshipmen linebacker corps swarms to the ball and ILB Rob Caldwell is a relentless run defender who has forced three fumbles this year. Consequently, Army's blockers should have a difficult time getting into position at the second level. One of the ways Ross will try to neutralize the linebackers is by running some two tight end sets and putting one tight end in motion, effectively overloading one side of the line. The Black Knights can then zone block, which allows the blockers to pick up defenders that come into their area, rather than reaching a specific assignment. If Navy starts shifting to the strong side of the field, Ross can run a play action screen off the zone blocking scheme to the opposite side of the field, giving the receiver room to run. It's also worth mentioning that backup running back Tony Moore is a power back who has the lower body strength to push the pile in short-yardage situations and provides good depth.
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