Big Tebowski and his Little Urban Underachievers
QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Steven Jackson
WR: Dez Bryant
WR: Vincent Jackson
WR: Antonio Brown
TE: Dwayne Allen
LT: Michael Roos
LG: Evan Mathis
C: John Sullivan
RG: Jonathan Cooper
RT: Andre Smith
WR: TY Hilton
RB: Reggie Bush
TE: Matellus Bennett.
This offense is centered around the passing game, which we seek to utilize early and often.
A lot of Andrew Lucks struggles in his rookie year (sacks, hits, turnovers) was caused by the lackluster talent on the Colts o-line, as well as Bruce Ariansī desire to make him take an enormous amount of deep drop backs and long passing attempts. This wont be an issue with this offense.
The quality of the o-line (more on that later) will give Luck a chance to do what he does best; Spread the ball around to his entire arsenal of weapons with great accuracy, timing and ball placement. Even though he should get great protection from his o-line, Lucks underrated athleticism, combined with his already excellent pocket awareness and ability to feel and evade the pass rush, should give us plenty of opportunities to test opposing defenses with deep throws, seeing that all 4 of our wideouts have the ability to stretch the field vertically.
Long story short, we have a ton of options in creating a diverse and creative gameplan for our passing attack.
I caught a bit of flak for selecting Luck in the 3rd round, and in hindsight I couldve waited, but I truly believe the kid has special talents. Mark my words, after this season, he will be considered a top 5-6 QB in the NFL by many.
The 4 wideouts compliment each other very well. Put simply the general principle is ”Big on the outside, quick on the inside”. Dez Bryant is a bonafide playmaker with the ball in his hands, and I am convinced he has put his maturity issues behind him, and is ready to solidify himself as a top 3 WR in the league. His improved route running and focus catching the ball will be key, as we will try and get the ball in his hands early and often. From hitches and screens, to comebacks and 9 routes, Dez can do it all. His size combined with the ability to attack the ball in the air, should give him the chance to dominate lesser build opposing CBs in many situations.
Speaking of physically dominating CBs, few wide outs does a better job at that than our #2, Vincent Jackson. At 6ī5 – 230 V-Jax is a nightmare to defend on deep balls and in the red zone. His enormous catch radius and ability to shield of defenders makes up for his somewhat average skills as a route runner, and gives Luck a target deep, even when coverage is tight.
Antonio Browns will primarily see snaps in the slot, in my 3 WR set. His quick feet, change of direction skills, and crisp routes should give him plenty of opportunities to find holes in coverage working the short and intermediate routes. He also showcases good speed, and the ability to make opposing defendes miss, which can turn short catches into big gains. He is also a dangerous returner.
TY Hilton will see snaps from the slot as well as on the outside, and is able to line up in the slot as well as outside. Still a work in progress, but no matter where he lines up Hilton will help keeping defenses honest due to his blazing speed and big play ability.
At tight end Dwayne Allen might not be a household name yet, but he has the potential to be one of the most versatile, well rounded TE s in the league. He is and excellent blocker, runs very good routes, and catches the ball very well. In this offense he will be utilized as the main target on the short and intermediate routes in the middle of the field. He will work well as a safety valve for Luck, and should be a great addition in my run blocking scheme.
For more on Allen, this article goes into great detail explaining why he might be the a future star at the position: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...top-tight-ends
His backup Martellus Bennett was primarily selected for his ability as a blocker, but could prove to be usefull in short yardage situation as well as in the redzone.
Steven Jackson as my #1 RB is as solid as they come. While he is no longer a spring chicken, S-Jax should have plenty of gas left in the tank. He might not be able to break big runs on the outside, but with his physique and agressive running style, he will be more than able to churn out chunks of yards on the inside. Furthermore he has throughout the years proven to be a very good pass blocker, and and excellent reciever coming out of the backfield. So even though he is not a sexy pick, he is a great fit for my offensive scheme.
Reggie Bush is the back up, and a great compliment to Jackson. He has the ability to run on the outside, and should see a lot of snaps as a reciever coming out of the backfield, and even has the ability to line up out wide.
The o-line is the pride and joy of my offense. My main focus was to build a line that excelled in pass pro, and I feel I have accomplished that in every single position.
Though overlooked and underrated by many, Michael Roos have been a great LT in Tennessee for the last 5 years. No matter if his QB is named Young, Hasselbeck or Locker, Roos has been able to hold his own against the opposing teams pass rushers time and time again, as evidenced by his 3 all pro selections, as well as rave reviews from sites such as PFF. https://www.profootballfocus.com/blo...nsive-lines/3/
He is a mountain of a man, who despite his size plays with great leverage and very nimble feet.
Despite all the injuries and turmoil on the Eagles o-line last year, Evan Mathis is a flat out stud at LG. Im not gonna waste your time, trying to describe Mathis, just read what the people over at PFF had to say when put Mathis as the #6 player on the top 101 players list: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blo...the-full-list/
John Sullivan is one of the leagues best centers, a great run blocker, and better in pass pro than most people give him credit for. The #1 ranked center at PFF, and once again their review of him is better than I can write myself: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blo...2012-30-to-21/
Dont have much to say about Jonathan Cooper at RG, since he is a rookie. But if you have to have a rookie in your starting lineup for a dream team, a guy picked with the 7th pick in the draft, who got rave reviews for his great technique and versatility leading up to the draft isnīt a bad way to go imo.
Andre Smith at RT rounds out the group. Even though he has been at the recieving end of many punchlines about his shirtless 40 yd dash a couple of years ago, the fact remains that the Big Boy from Bama had a great year last season, and finally lived up to his imense potential. He is a beast in the run game, and my best player in that trait, but he has also grown to become a very good pass blocker. Even though I dont consider PFF the gospel that some people do, it is worth mentioning, that Smith was their highest rated RT last year, and thereby becoming the 3rd such player I have on my o-line, alongside Evan Mathis and John Sullivan.
Overall an extremely strong group, that should be able to dominate nearly everyone in the trenches.
DE: Cameron Wake
DT: Michael Brockers
DT: Linval Joseph
DE: Greg Hardy
OLB: Zach Brown
ILB: James Laurinaitis
OLB: Bruce Carter
CB: Courtland Finnegan
FS: Jairus Byrd
SS: William Moore
CB: Johnathan Joseph
DE: Arthur Jones
OLB: Ryan Kerrigan
CB: Stephon Gilmore