How did he "know" the play is the question. If this is play action, then Smelter runs by him and Timmy hits him for a walk-in touchdown. I actually LOVE seeing this aggressiveness from IJ if it's for sound reasons. If he "knew" the play because he was able to read Run Block by the OL rather than Pass block, then that's a sound reason to come up that hard in run support, confident that he's diagnosed the play correctly. That is what makes a player play fast much more than a 40-time. So, if that's the case, HECK yes, give me some more of that Isaiah Johnson. I hope he plays like that during the season, and is able to diagnose other teams' plays like that.I think Byerly did a good job of reading the "VT blitz" here and getting out of the way. The play would have had positive yardage if not for IJ "knowing" the play and coming up for the tackle.
It's the same thing as a 5 man front, so you would attack it the same way as you would if the defense just lined up that way rather than blitzing to it. The BIG difference and advantage to the defense is that it puts a super-fast guy trying to squirt through that hole rather than a big ugly trying to power through it. So, we've got to attack speed with speed. We've got to have an OT out there with the ability, training, and tenacity to take that guy out. Chamberlain couldn't do it last year. Can he do it this year? I think he's getting better. I also think he's got the ability with his quickness. He just needs more training to recognize early and know what angle to take to cut him off. And, he needs the DESIRE - to have the mindset, "We win this game if I make this block. I'm going to hurt this guy. He's never going to want to come through here again and Bud Foster will regret calling this defense again." CPJ and CMS can help with the first part and CDM can help with the second.I'm still not sure what our strategy is to counter the B-gap blitz. It has to leave the D vulnerable to something if you guess right and are able to pick it up. I'm just not sure what we are doing to pick it up or render it ineffective.