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© August, 2013
Point-Counterpoint: Pre-Snap Reads

by David Purdum

Point-Counterpoint: Pre-Snap Reads

The no-huddle, ‘check-with-me’ offense has turned the pre-snap game into a frantic chess match with plenty of poker also being played before the play clock hits zero.

“It really is a chess match. You’re waiting for them to move, they’re waiting for you to move,” said Nate Cochran, first-year offensive coordinator at Alma College and fan of forcing defenses to show their hand before the snap.  “Sometimes you get the bear; sometimes the bear gets you.”

Sometimes the best move, from the defensive side of the ball, is no move at all. ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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