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Morris set to use heavy rotation on defense

by Roland Johnson on September 8, 2009

Situational football, or in this case a heavy rotation of reserves, to spell

Morris set to use heavy rotation on defense

Morris set to use heavy rotation on defense

young starters is not a novel or even new concept around the NFL, but nothing it seems is in the modern era of football.

Head coach Raheem Morris, who used a rotation last season as defensive backs coach, will continue the trend started under former defensive assistant Larry Coyer. Telling Stephen Holder, of the St.Petersburg Times “It’s not unconventional for me, I’ve always thought outside the box…We want to play a bunch of people…We don’t have many guys who need to play 70 snaps. We going to try to get the best out of them all…somehow platoon these guys and get them all playing well…this is about being your best. Is your best 70 snaps…mentally taking 20 plays off-or is it giving 50 great snaps-saying [spell] me for 20?…if you’ve got them, why not play them.”

Certainly many coaches, give bigger defensive lineman breathers from time to time, as they tend to wear down easier, but if a player emerges from the pack at linebacker, safety or another valued position such as corner, running back or receiver. Why, would any able minded coach wont to break that rhythm and chance messing with what could very well be working.

This, seems counter productive at best, how is a single player going to get into a groove and be able to sustain momentum over the course of a game or even a season.

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Lee C September 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm

It does sound a little silly to me. It sounds like he is setting himself up for failure, but when he fails he already has a ready excuse. I don’t know though. The defense looked pretty decent in the preseason. We’ll see in a few days.

Roland Johnson September 9, 2009 at 6:02 am

Rotating players in and out will keep them fresher for a long season, but not sure how much it will help or hurt production at certain positions.

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