Some of the things I've noticed, wondering if others are seeing the same things. Some of the longer clips below might be a little off but are close enough to the correct starting points. 1. Counter Option Last year: This year: LBs and safeties (especially the safeties) go with the counter motion in the first clip, at least for a second or two. In the second clip they don't bite nearly as much if at all...they may have been told to watch the guards (since they pull with the direction of the play) instead of with the a-back motion. In fact, I'm pretty sure the more elite teams we play completely ignore the motion, which completely eliminates one of the main advantages of the flexbone formation. You might as well be going out of a pro set or a spread formation since the motion isn't fooling anyone or dictating the pre-snap flow of the defense. Ever since the inclusion of the A-back misdirection play seen below the motion has been ignored by the more elite defenses. Just an observation, not sure if I'm on to something. 2. OLB blitz Since our front 5 lines up with huge splits, teams (BYU, VT, Clemson) have started shooting the A gap with an OLB, which has definitely caused more false starts and blown up plays. Can't afford to be in 2nd and 3rd and long. I vaguely remember CPJ saying in a post game presser that we practice against this sort of thing, but it's definitely something to note. This clip is a good example: 3. Midline play In games when we are struggling up the middle or struggling with large defensive tackles, I think we could try and read them instead trying to block them. Normally we read the DEs or OLBs, but I haven't seen us read the DTs much this year. Here's a classic clip of the midline play: And another: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uomtasAvSI Could help neutralize or at least get in the head of players like Aaron Donald (#97 on Pitt). 4. Rocket toss http://youtu.be/BDJwRLVchnw?t=1h28m45s This one is more of a stretch, but I feel like we run the rocket toss out of the formation in the clip above nearly EVERY TIME! I'm talking about the one where one A-Back is on the line and the other one is not. The two wideouts are split on the side with the A-Back on the line. I could be wrong, but it definitely feels like we tip our hand.