From what I understand CMD is running Orlando’s scheme. Thats what CMA wanted and it made more sense for CMD to learn Orlando’s scheme…terminology etc …as opposed to all the players learning CMDs terminology. In others words…CTO and CMD might have had same blitz call in playbook…but CMD might call it…“Thunder Switch Bracket” and CTO might call it “Lightning Storm Press”…just made these up. So players didn’t have learn new playbook and calls. Makes sense.
CMD is more conservative than CTO…no question. So…CMD might run same blitz as CTO ran last year but CTO did it with press coverage and CMD uses a softer off coverage.But CMD does mix in some press and does play man coverage.
CTO approach will produce more sacks and tackle for loss. But more big plays. Risk and reward. However CMD defense has 13 ints this year in 10 games. CTO had only 7 in 13 games in 2016.
CMD picks his spots for blitzes…he will give up more underneath throws. But CMA can make him be more aggressive, he’s the HC. but based on his ECU post game comments I believe he realizes defensive backfield limitations and lack of depth. He mentioned that Wilder, Stuard, Rosette and Smalls have been out hurt most of year. Also Kahlil Williams missed ECU with injury and only played 1 series vs Tulane…he played man vs slot receiver and got beat on slant for 1st down…didnt come back in so assume ankle still issue. CMD has had play OLBs #49 Anenih and #43 Godfrey and #8 Egbule in pass coverage. He can’t play them in man on slot…its a mismatch. not having #2 k. Williams at nickel hurts…hes not great in man coverage but gives CMD that option on slot. He’s also a quick blitzed from edge.
In CMDs defense…our CBs are not good. They are bad in man coverage. Its not their fault. #14 Isaiah Johnson is converted WR…had no game experience before this year. #18 Myers was a former walk on. Redshirted last year after transfer from Quachita Baptist.Myers has problem locating ball on deep throws in man coverage. And lets WR get behind him.
#24 Winchester had 10 starts before this season. But he is not very good in man to man.
Wilson leaving early for NFL really hurt. CMA and CMD had to convert a WR and play a former walk-on off a redshirt.
CTO came in in 2015 and had Jackson III(1st Rd pick) and both Wilsons(both NFL now).
Bowser and Malveux also NFL from last year defense.
CMD has played many young players…Peyton Turner, Anenih, Godfrey. The inexperienced CBs already mentioned. #22 Robinson is 3rd ILB…he is former QB. Special teams last year…had to start when #9 Adams got hurt and missed 2 games including Memphis.
Our DL depth was weak due to #52 Gerard Carter missing first 8 games. As result #50 Fleming had to backup Oliver…when hurt…or tired in extreme heat…Texas tech and Tulsa games. He was not good. Carter returned for USF game and Fleming hasn’t seen field since. Carter actually started for #3 Chevis vs Tulane…Carter moved to nose in 3rd qtr vs Tulane to rest Oliver. Chevis played that series only at DE.
I believe they are being coached. Fundamentals for sure. Players make mistakes. SMU gave up 66 points to Memphis this week…think they made some mistakes? Ohio State gave up 55 points to Iowa few weeks ago…their DC is Greg Schiano and HC Urban Myer…think they know how to coach? Next week they gave up 3 vs Mich St. These are 18 to 22 year old kids on national television…easy get caught up in moment…forget assignment…lose focus etc.
Applying practice field lessons to games is not automatic, different speed, no coach in your ear telling you what to watch.