I am not going to keep going around in circles, but I will end this by saying that if Chip Kelly "butted heads" with a known good guy, Jason Avant, then it doesn't make me feel all warmhearted about the guy. Simple as that.
"When it came to certain things, we butted heads sometimes-- route running and route technique," Avant explained. "So I knew I didn't fit his system."
They butted-heads over route running and route technique. Big deal. Two grown adults can have a disagreement about something without either one of them being an asshole. From reading Avant's quotes it sure doesn't sound like he is holding any type of grudge or special hatred for Kelly.
If I was a team I would look at Michael Vick and see the same thing in Mariota. I would be afraid of Mariota's durability in the NFL. Someone that plays at 210lbs will get destroyed by an NFL LBer.
Mariota is NOTHING like Vick. Have you even seen him play? He's already a better passer then Vick has ever been and he's only 19 years old! Being that he's only 19 and the son of a rather large Samoan, I'm guessing he wont stay 210 pounds for very long. Also, Mariota knows how to slide and get out of bounds.
Correct. You can also run a 3-3-5 and put one of your backers on the line to rush much like Harrison did for Pittsburgh and you have a 3-3-5 that functions just like a 4-2-5. There are various options but what is constant is the 5 defensive backs which is the crucial part when defending the spread. Whether you play a 4-2 or a 3-3 isn't as important as having enough secondary defenders to cover all of the spread elements.
Yes I agree. I just edited my post above and noted TCUs use of 3 "safeties" where one is pretty much a lb. Bottomline is having length and speed all over the field.