Posted by hazing on 3/20/2013 4:41:00 PM (view original):
I have a hard time believing running out of the shotgun would be effective against a nickel. You've got 5 OL to block 4 DL and 2 LB-numbers alone leave a man free to make the tackle. They may get the odd successful run, but 5 blocking 6 (near the line) is not conducive to running success.
Even with the TE, there's a reason teams don't successfully run out of the gun.
My point is IF the defense is in a nickel formation and playing pass. If that is the case it just makes sense that the LB are in coverage. Now, if the offense is running the TE is blocking and it's 6 blocking 4, giving a huge rushing advantage to the offense. Then you ad in the fact that the defense is playing pass (dropping back) and you're giving the offense even more of an advantage, so yes, this should be very conducive to running success.
Now, let's change the defense. Still in a nickel but playing "heavy run". Neither LB is in coverage (both are playing the run). Now we have 4 DL & 2 LB at the line of scrimmage, being blocked by 5 OL and a TE. 6 on 6, no advantage either way. BUT...you have 5 DB playing "heavy run" with only 4 WR trying to block them...big advantage to the defense.
Now a 3rd scenario. Nickel defense, playing "run". In this case we should have 1 LB playing run and 1 in coverage, which gives the offense an advantage at the line of 6 blocking 5 but should also give the defense and advantage by having 3 or 4 of the DB's playing closer to the line and being blocked by WR's. Nickel/run Vs. Shotgun should be a very "equal" chance of success for the offense, nickel/pass or nickel/heavy pass Vs. shotgun and the offense should have a big advantage.
One more. The way teams completely shut me down in the playoffs was running a 4-3/run against my gun. They had 4 DL and 3 LB all playing the run and I had 5 OL and a TE trying to block them. We got crushed at the line of scrimmage 90% of the time! Only because my QB was a converted WR with very good speed & elusiveness he was able to elude the tackler in a one on one situation about 1 out of every 5 or 6 plays, but not near enough for my offense to be successful.
Bottom line is the way Norbert has it now is very, very realistic. Even though it's not what we're used to in 2.0, in my opinion it's exactly where it should be. If we dummy down the QB ability to run out of the gun simply because he's a QB it would make the game less realistic, which in not a good thing.