Rob Ryan — Psycho Like a Fox?
Free Agent Update: Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson tweets in the last few minutes that the Cowboys have expressed interest in RB Le’Ron McClain. (See our Twitter box.) McClain is a big back, in the Marion Barber mold. Wilson says ”nothing is moving fast yet,” but what does this say about Tashard Choice’s rehab?
Update II: That mass exodus of former Cowboys to Miami, where Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano run the shop? The Dolphins folks have a name for them: “CowPhins.”
One of the pleasures of Cowboys camp is watching Rob Ryan install his version of the 3-4. It’s a far more motion-based version, compared to Wade Phillips’. Thus far, Ryan has stuck to the templates he established in Cleveland. Look for base 3-4s on early downs. When Ryan gets an offense into passing situations, or when he’s facing a spread offense that used three or more receivers as a base, look for Ryan to go ”psycho.”
And what’s the psycho? It’s his name for his nickel sets, which use two and sometimes one down linemen and a gaggle of linebackers, who line up all over the place.
Thus far, Ryan has worked with two nickel personnel sets, a 2-4-5 that in many ways resembles the 4-2-5 Phillips ran, and a more exotic 1-5-5 that puts as many rush OLBs on the field at once, and which keeps them in constant motion. It’s not unusual to look out and see Demarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Victor Butler and Brandon Williams on the field at once. More, often, however, you’ll see three of the outside rushers and two inside backers. Here’s one variant of the 1-5-5 from yesterday’s workout:
On one crazy down Saturday afternoon, Ware drifted over the the weakside and parked himself in a three-point stance over the center. Ratliff stood up and dropped into the MLB spot while Bradie James and Butler cycled into the weakside backer-tandem spots.
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