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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:09 pm    Post subject: Gap Control : Interior Defense, 2011 Reply with quote

Chiefs ranked 5th best in B-gap control

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B-Gap Berserkers

On average, defenses saw less action through the B-Gaps (to the outside of the opposing guards) than they did coming straight at them through the A-Gaps. But, at 4.5 yards per carry, rushes off-guard were significantly more effective than rushes right up the middle. Through the B-Gaps you find more opportunities for linemen to down block on opposing defensive linemen; driving immediately into the side of defensive players and forcing second level defenders to fill that gap, potentially meeting a pulling or lead blocker.

Five teams didn’t allow a single touchdown off-guard this season with, again, unsurprisingly, the 49ers being in that group joined by division rival Seattle along with playoff foes Denver and Pittsburgh and the Kansas City Chiefs. As will become a theme as we move outside, the 49ers were among the league’s best in controlling this gap, allowing a league low of 3.2 yards per carry on B-Gap carries. They didn’t allow an average of more than 3.5 yards per carry through the A-, B-, C-, or D-Gaps in the 2011 regular season. Their ability to play with a lead and force teams to the air also helped their B-Gap run defense as they faced a league-low 58 carries off-guard this regular season, almost 70 less than the Bills who saw a league-high 125.

The 49ers are joined in the Top 5 B-Gap defenses by some expected names like Houston and Pittsburgh, but also by one unforeseen team in the shape of the New Orleans Saints. This was the one gap on their defense that the Saints defended better than the league average, letting up fewer than four yards per carry. They did, however, see only 63 carries; one of only three teams who saw fewer than 70 carries off-guard–simply because of their inability to defend rushes off end (more on that in our next article).

A special mention here for the Chiefs who were fifth in the league in yards per carry allowed in spite of seeing the second-highest number of B-Gap carries last season. Only the Bills’ defense was more heavily tested, but the Chiefs D stood up to the task and did so consistently, allowing fewer than 4 yards per carry and not allowing a carry of 20 yards or more through this gap all season.


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Kansas City Chiefs
Attempts : 114 (NFL average 94)
Yards : 425 (NFL average 425)
Yards per carry : 3.9 (NFL average 4.5)
Yards after contact : 218 (NFL average 245)
Touchdowns : 0 (NFL average 2)
Longest rush allowed : 19 (NFL average 37)


https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/04/19/gap-control-interior-defense-2011/
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is not surprising the way we use out DE. Most 3-4 units use one or both DE as 5 tech, to roll the RT. This leaves the B gap as a potential weakness for the offense to exploit. We play a 4 tech, which offers lss chance to stack up a wide run, but gives direct B gap control.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This kinda illustrates the dire need for a starting worthy NT, huh?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ryknowssd wrote:
This kinda illustrates the dire need for a starting worthy NT, huh?


Shhh!!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nicfre2011 wrote:
Shhh!!

Wink


Laughing

I figured there was some sort of ulterior motive...

(that better, biggie smalls?)
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