Frazier’s Guys In Disguise

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 9, 2009 – 8:13 am

The cat and mouse game that is the NFL. Colts QB Peyton Manning sometimes calls up to 3 plays in the offensive huddle, and then determines which one to execute once he gets to the line of scrimmage and see the defensive formation.

The Miami Dolphins throw defenses a curveball by putting RB Ronnie Brown in the shotgun formation and having him take snaps from the center.

The Buffalo Bills had designs in the offseason to run the no-huddle offense exclusively in an attempt to confuse defenses.

These examples of deception and disguise involve offenses across the league. But Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier explained on Thursday that deception and disguise are every bit as important to defenses, too.

“That is as important as anything you do schematically because of the fact that now the tape is more readily available than it was ten years ago,” Frazier said. “Ten years ago I can remember you didn’t have every team’s game (tape) two days after the game was played. It’s be a few days and then you’d get some beta tape toward the end of the week. Now, people can scout you well in advance of your ballgame and they’ve got people on their staff saying ‘When they get in this particular look, this is what’s coming.’”

As a result, it’s important for both offensive and defensive coaches to A) disguise their strategy on a play-to-play basis, and B) study film of themselves to avoid repeating tendencies too often and thus becoming predictable.

“It really behooves defenses to come up with different looks just because of that (extensive film study teams conduct of each other),” Frazier explained. “It makes it very tough; even things that you think are pretty good…if an offense can identify it, well it’s probably not so good.”

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