A great story in the Province this morning which looked at the Leos offence, compared the offence last year for the first four games under a very inexperienced Printers with the first four games under Dickenson this year, and finally examined Chapdelaine's role in the offence.
Interesting quotes included Simon (we're not a ball control offence) and Chapdelaine (you carry a big red flag on yourself)
Ullrich uncovered the Leos were more proficient and had longer drives under Printers last year.
Chapdelaine argues that teams are zoning the Leos more this year. The fact is that teams struggled against Printers because when they zoned him he bought time with his legs to get his recievers open against zones. When they blitzed him and he escaped he killed opposition teams in man to man.
Opposition teams struggled and had to devise special defences because of his running ability and often had to put one guy on him as a "spy" to try to prevent him from running, therefore creating more openings for his recievers.
Teams zone blitz Dickenson because he is less mobile. It provides him less time to throw, prevents the deep ball, and he'll take the sack to avoid the interception. He also hasn't been proficient at finding his safety valve.
Printers creates a whole new set of problems for defences, who really aren't sure what to do, at times, because of his running ability and his scrambling ability to find time for his recievers.
Ullrich is doing a great job of covering football for the Province...his article this morning is an example of excellent research and a really good sense of what's going on.