Originally posted by jonnydel:
Not sure what you mean about Fangio tipping his hand early. Was there an article I haven't read yet? The 6 man line, at least the way Seattle runs it, makes it harder to run between the G and T because they're able to essentially combine a 4-3 front with DT's and DE's and a 3-4 with the OLB's. 4-3 teams are harder to run between the G's where 3-4 are harder to run on the edges. Seattle tries to combine the best of both. However, it means that if you can break the initial LOS and get a lineman on a LB it can go for a big gain. The 3-4 look we give allows for more options from a defensive standpoint, whereas teh 6-2 front Seattle runs pretty much gives only a few options for a defense.
I believe he is talking about the 5-3 front (Brooks moving to MLB between Bowman and Willis) that Fangio used on the goal line. It was an un-scouted look that we've never used under Harbaugh.
"We've never shown a 5-3 look," Harbaugh continued. "By taking Ahmad and moving him into the center to create the 5-3, that was what was unscouted. We had not shown that and I thought it was a great move by (defensive coordinator) Vic Fangio.
BTW, awesome write-ups jonnydel!