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    FWIW, the defense kicked the **** out of the offense today. The defensive line is going to be just fine OR our offensive line has taken a major step backward. I guess we really won't know until September 1st roles around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestSideRabbit View Post
    FWIW, the defense kicked the **** out of the offense today. The defensive line is going to be just fine OR our offensive line has taken a major step backward. I guess we really won't know until September 1st roles around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestSideRabbit View Post
    FWIW, the defense kicked the **** out of the offense today. The defensive line is going to be just fine OR our offensive line has taken a major step backward. I guess we really won't know until September 1st roles around.
    Defense is always ahead of the offense. Thatís no surprise. But I am certain we will see how our d line will hold up against Iowa St, since their main offensive weapon is their stud rb from what I gather.


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    I'm just going to go out on an unpopular limb here.

    1. I didn't look this up, but it seems like the decline in our rushing defense happened around the same time our offense became more pass happy. I'm not saying that justifies it, and I know and the coaching staff knows that other teams don't necessarily play our style of offense, however, when it's 1's vs 1's... that was what the scrimmaged against.
    2. The "Bend but don't break" philosophy is hated everywhere, by every fanbase. However it minimizes big plays by the opponent.
    3. Yes, at times the team struggles to get off the field on 3rd and long. Guess what, so do other teams. I dare you to find a fanbase that is satisfied with their defensive playcalling and/or effectiveness on 3rd downs. You might find 2 (NDSU and James Madison). It's part of the game.
    4. "Bend but don't break" makes sense to me, with the proliferation of Spread and uptempo offenses we see in the college game. Too much gambling leaves too many guys open to make things bad happen. (or in 1 on 1 situations, with no help)
    5. The injuries are unfortunate, but they happen. They happen everywhere. NDSU lost 2 different All American type players the last 2 seasons. It's football. People get hurt.
    6. To think that I know more, than the defensive staff, who have studied film and tendencies, and scouted every opponent is ludicrous. (And I'm not calling out anyone here, I'm sure there are many who know much more about this stuff). I'm just saying you won't hear me complaining about the playcalling. On either side of the ball.

    OK, I'm done. The team hasn't even played a game yet, and we're already piling on the defense.

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    If you want to be considered a really good defensive team ,then in a third and long situation the first down marker and beyond should be "no mans land" for your opponent ,they shouldn't be able to even get close to the marker,without being "smothered" by defenders,I don't see it with us, so it's probably the wrong "scheme" we are using with the personnel we have ,in my mind anyway, JMO. I agree,with the posters who say wait and see first though, there might not be a problem this season at all.
    Last edited by jackdaniel; 08-07-2018 at 10:22 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by da_coach View Post
    3. Yes, at times the team struggles to get off the field on 3rd and long. Guess what, so do other teams. I dare you to find a fanbase that is satisfied with their defensive playcalling and/or effectiveness on 3rd downs. You might find 2 (NDSU and James Madison). It's part of the game.
    In 2017 we gave up 3rd down conversions at a 38.7% clip, which is good for 73rd out of 123 teams. I don't mean to "pile on the defense", but it's definitely an area for improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestSideRabbit View Post
    FWIW, the defense kicked the **** out of the offense today. The defensive line is going to be just fine OR our offensive line has taken a major step backward. I guess we really won't know until September 1st roles around.
    I heard there was 3 NW Iowa boys in the backfield most of the day. lol Defensive line will be the key to how good this defense will be. I like to hear that the d-line is holding there own early on. Health up front will probably the most important area as I don't think we have the depth that we'd like with the summer departure and injuries.

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    I think that our defense is going to be pretty good this year. If our d-line can improve it will be the difference between pretty good and great IMO.

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    Hero Sports has put out their preview for the Jacks. They seem to think a bit more highly of the defense than the offense with them returning more key players and the offense sending people to the NFL.

    https://herosports.com/fcs/football-...ota-state-bzbz
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    This appears to be a deep and talented team with lots of potential. Cut the new guys some slack. Bashing a unit just because we're not yet familiar with a couple of names is silly.
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