Bob Shoop and the Fire Zone

Over the past few weeks, we have examined the base philosophy and base coverage of Bob Shoop’s defense. The one thing we have not looked at yet is his aggressive blitz packages. Shoop is an aggressive coach. Perhaps the biggest difference from John Jancek that Vol fans will see is Shoop’s propensity to blitz. Continue reading “Bob Shoop and the Fire Zone”

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Bob Shoop and the Tennessee Defense – Quarters Coverage

Last week we had a chance to take a look at the base philosophy of new Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. That post (link here) detailed Shoop’s 4-3 Over front, and his attacking 1 gap scheme. What we did not look at much was how Shoop’s teams defend the pass. This post will examine the base coverage scheme in Shoop’s playbook.

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Bob Shoop and the Tennessee Defense – Philosophy

Butch Jones got his new defensive coordinator. Just three days after defensive coordinator John Jancek was let go, Jones announced the hiring of Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. There is no doubt that Shoop was Jones’ number one target in this coaching search. Jones and Vol fans alike have a lot to be excited about. Shoop brings with him an exciting, aggressive approach that has been very successful at Penn State and in the SEC at Vanderbilt.

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Anatomy of a Beatdown – How the Volunteers Destroyed the Wildcats – Part 3

This is part three (you can read part one here and part two here) in a series of posts that aims to examine some of the tactics and adjustments Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord made in his game plan for the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl. The Vols offense was very successful and the Vols won big, 45-6. Continue reading “Anatomy of a Beatdown – How the Volunteers Destroyed the Wildcats – Part 3”

Anatomy of a Beatdown – How the Volunteers Destroyed the Wildcats – Part 2

This is part two (read part one here) in a series of posts that aims to examine some of the tactics and adjustments Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord made in his gameplan for the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl. The Vols offense was very successful and the Vols won big, 45-6. While we looked at the counter play in the previous post, this post will examine Northwestern’s primary form of pass coverage and how the Vols attacked it. Continue reading “Anatomy of a Beatdown – How the Volunteers Destroyed the Wildcats – Part 2”

Anatomy of a Beatdown – How the Volunteers Destroyed the Wildcats – Part 1

What a game. The Tennessee Volunteers absolutely destroyed the Northwestern Wildcats 45-6 to close out a memorable season on a high note. After starting 2-3, the team was in despair. Butch Jones and the Vols managed to turn it around however, and Tennessee finished the season on a six game winning streak with a top 25 ranking. The cherry on top came on New Year’s Day, when the Vols blew out a very good Northwestern team in the Outback Bowl.

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