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You're not quoting me accurately. I said that the Colorado coaches were getting too much credit for defensive adjustments when the things that were working are commonly taught, used, and countered at the jr. high level, but that's not the same as saying that it's a "junior high defense." The most athletic teams tend to run the least complicated schemes because they want to keep it simple so that their talented athletes can just make plays and win due to greater talent. The most complicated defenses tend to be run by defensive coaches who are attacking an offense (instead of reacting) due to some talent deficiencies. Ohio State, Iowa, and Wisconsin will generally run very simple, solid defensive schemes that stress fundamentals and putting athletes in position to make plays; teams like Minnesota, Indiana, Maryland, and Illinois are much more likely to come out swinging, trying to create turnovers and negative plays against opponents that have better talent and/or more depth. What Colorado did can be effective at any level, but it wasn't anything novel or creative.If the cerebral part of the game is losing out to junior high defenses as you put it then we are in worse shape than I thought.
It's a myth that it's possible for a QB to "see the whole field." Try it for yourself sometime by walking onto the field in Lincoln and try to see from sideline to sideline while standing in the middle of the field. You can't. When commentators and coaches talk about a QB "seeing the field well," what they almost always mean is that he's good at recognizing the coverage and progressing quickly through his reads. If a QB reads the coverage and expects man-to-man to his left with deep safety help to his right, he'll probably look off the safety by looking to his right, briefly, then looking back to the left to see which WR breaks open, depending on the routes that they run. If a Safety rotates over, there might end up being nobody open because he misread the coverage. This isn't some rare thing. It happens almost once per offensive series on average, and it happened probably every other play for Goff for the Rams in the Super Bowl because the Patriots were incredibly creative in how they rotated their coverage and hid their defense pre-snap. Martinez staring at a WR is a sure sign of a QB who is expecting a WR to break open, but he probably doesn't. He might still throw it to him if he can make a pass that it unlikely to be intercepted ... or he might get sacked if he takes too long, and the O-line is getting beat up front.I realize if a QB thinks a WR should stop or go or slant of whatever, and they don't, they aren't on the same page. But for 4 guys out on routes, 1 of them should be open with high level players.
There are different kinds of speed, and Frost would like to use them all. What you seem to be referring to is "playing with tempo," or going into a hurry-up/no-huddle offense. Frost generally doesn't do that until after the offense has earned a first down, otherwise it can be overwhelming for the defense to not get a break at all if it's a 3-and-out. Frost especially likes to go faster between plays when there is a defensive mismatch on the field as going fast doesn't allow the defense to substitute.And how does this affect our speed? Frost promoted fast fast fast...yet we are really just slow in getting to the line, stressing the defense with quick play call, quick passes, high percentage stuff. Not seeing any of that. None.
Another type of speed that Frost emphasizes is what you saw from Maurice Washington yesterday: individual player speed. Nebraska isn't yet at Clemson/Alabama/Ohio State levels of team speed, but we have guys like Maurice Washington, Wan'Dale Robinson, et al., who are as quick as anybody in the country.