Author: Tony Softli

Up Tempo Offenseuis Dispatch reporter & 101 Rams insider Jim Thomas spoke with Bradford early in this week; “I’m just comfortable in it,” Bradford said. “It’s something I’ve done a lot of (in college), but I think it sometimes keeps the defense on their heels a little bit. When we go no-huddle, they can’t huddle. They’ve got to do all their communication without being in the huddle, which just makes it a little bit tougher on them. I think everyone in this offense really likes it. When we go to our no-huddle offense, we have a good tempo with it and I just think it’s something that we do really well.” The up tempo offense has several different styles or names, Two Minute Drill, No Huddle or as they call it in the College ranks today “The Blur”. Every NFL team has a No Huddle style of offense in their package. The goal of the hurry up offense, to reduce the game clock time per play, and change in play calling within a strategic point of view. To reduce or eliminate the time spent in the huddle, clock management and take advantage of the defense inability to make substitutions and forcing them to communicate thru hand signals. . Let’s start with the Two Minute Drill, earning its name from the hurry up no huddle offense, its primary tactics during...

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Chillyference would be announced within the hour. Minnesota Vikings Coach Brad Childress was fired by owner Zygi Wilf, who named Leslie Frasier (Defensive Coordinator) interim Head Coach. In my opinion, the ownership group waited about three weeks too long and maybe a year. Let’s be honest, what saved Chilly in 2009 was the deep penetration into the playoffs. The Vikings were defeated by the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game. The signing of street free agent Bret Favre was the key component in getting the Vikings as far as they got. When Childress walked through the doors of Viking headquarters located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, he was given carte blanche over all personnel matters. This included roster moves, draft decisions, and free agency. In the personnel business this is called final say. He instilled discipline in the locker room, and cleaned up the embarrassing off field issues that plagued the organization for several years. What really sealed his fate, though, were the poor decisions not on the football field, but on the personnel side of the house. He is a good football coach who is well respected by his peers as an X & O man. He was surrounded by two top NFL personal men in Rick Speilmen (VP Player Personnel) and Scott Studwell (Director of College Scouting), but chose to make decisions without consulting anyone. Several...

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RAMS can On the way to becoming one of the most honored defensive players in college football history in 2009. Today as the starting defensive tackle (three technique aligning over OG), he is demanding a double team and triple team as well. In the first quarter of this young season, the man called Suh has tallied thirteen tackles and three sacks. He has shown dominance at times with quickness out of stance, strong and powerful UOH (use of hands) to stack and steer at the POA (point of attack). Is explosive to toss blockers, while battling with good finish. For a big man he has displayed lateral chase and pursuit to work over and around trash. He has the relentless motor to run and chase to the second level with production. This big man has the presence and tools to develop into a dominate football player with years to come. The Rams will need to beware of this young player in the middle by the name of Suh, he might send a message through his play on his disappointment of not being picked number one...

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RAMS canar1″>Success in the NFL is measured by the number of wins and losses, the number of Lombardi Trophies collected and stored at an organization. Every team that is built and hovers in the top echelon of the NFL on a yearly basis has one major thing in common – a difference maker at the quarterback position. The NFL is a quarterback driven league, and the team success is tied directly to this position. Many teams like the Rams had fallen deep into the valley and have struggled to peak for several seasons. When a team has the opportunity to draft, trade, or recruit a difference maker at this position, they should take full advantage of that opportunity. Generally teams draft high for the quarterback position, and hope they develop into a good quarterback. Others look to find a needle in a hay stack, or the diamond in the rough like New England Patriots future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. The top four quarterbacks in the NFL in my opinion are Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and the elder statesmen Brett Favre (not ranked in any order). There are two young up and coming shining stars in Sam Bradford (St. Louis) and Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay). I felt drafting Sam Bradford was a no brainer pick when asked by the GM, Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback coach....

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