November 14, 2012
Chalk Talk: Vandy week
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With everything happening this week, I'm not sure how many people are still interested in the on-the-field action, but Tennessee did try--finally--to make some defensive adjustments last week. What did you think of what they did, and what changed after halftime that opened things up for Missouri?
They did come in with a fairly significant change in their plan and I thought did a really nice job of executing it, at least in the first half. In a nutshell, they played an awful lot of zone. They started the game with two defensive linemen, three linebackers and six defensive backs. Then they alternated between a three-man front and four-man front.
In the three-man front they used Maggitt as a spy on Franklin, which I thought was really effective. I thought they mixed it up well in the first half and did some nice things on that side of the ball.
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