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BDL 2021 Week 4 - Raleigh Firebirds @ Anchorage Trappers


Raleigh Firebirds @ Anchorage Trappers  

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BDL 2021 Week 4

Match: Raleigh Firebirds @ Anchorage Trappers

Away Owner:   @EaglesPeteC

Home Owner:   @Scoundrel

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QB- Kyler Murray

RB- David Montgomery 

WR- Davante Adams

WR- Mike Williams

WR- Robert Woods 

TE- Mark Andrews

LT- Laremy Tunsil

LG- Oli Udoh

C- Bradley Bozeman

RG- Andrew Norwell

RT- Jawaan Taylor


QB- Kirk Cousins 

2nd RB- Chuba Hubbard

4th WR- Nelson Agholor 

3rd RB- JD McKissic

2nd TE- Will Dissly 

Backup C/T- Patrick Mekari 

Swing G/C- Mitch Morse




OLB- Von Miller

DE- Sebastian Joseph Day

DT- Michael Pierce

DE- BJ Hill

OLB- Tyus Bowser

LB- Jayon Brown 

CB- Anthony Averett

CB-  Chris Harris Jr *INACTIVE*

Slot CB- Avonte Maddox

FS- Mike Edwards

SS- Julian Blackmon


Rotational OLB- Dee Ford

Rotational DL- Davon Godchaux

2nd LB- Blake Martinez 

S/LB 1- Landon Collins

S/LB 2- Jaquiski Tartt

CB- Mike Hilton (starter if CHJ is out) 

CB- Tre Flowers (start is Averett is out)

3rd S/Reserve CB- Damontae Kazee





QB- Joe Burrow

RB- Jonathan Taylor

X- Ja’Marr Chase

Z- Marvin Jones Jr

Slot- Henry Ruggs

TE- Kyle Pitts

LT- Jedrick Wills Jr

LG- Joe Thuney

C- David Andrews

RG- Cesar Ruiz

RT- Rob Havenstein 



RB- Tony Pollard

RB- Darrell Henderson Jr

WR- Bryan Edwards

WR- DeVonta Smith 

TE- Tyler Higbee

FB- Vita Vea

OL- DJ Humphries 

OL- Jonah Jackson 


Base Defense

RE- Azeez Ojulari

NT- Vita Vea

UT- Leonard Williams

LE- Romeo Okwara

ILB- Kenneth Murray

ILB- Micah Parsons 

CB- Jaylon Johnson

CB- Patrick Surtain

Nickel- Kristian Fulton

FS- Kam Curl

SS- Budda Baker



Edge- Sam Hubbard 

Edge- Alton Robinson

IDL- Jonathan Hankins 

IDL- Ed Oliver

LB- Cole Holcomb

LB- Jaylon Smith

S/CB- CJ Gardner Johnson 

CB- Deommodore Lenoir

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Week 3 Offensive Gameplan

Looking at Anchorage, we see that they have a lot of resources in their secondary and up front and roster very few LB’s. With our offensive weapons, we think going 3 wide and Mark Andrews and keep them in nickel and then run the ball out of that formation will give Raleigh the biggest edge. We think that starting the outside run with some read option thrown in will be the best way to start the attack on Anchorage. We plan on isolating Kenneth Murray in run defense and really forcing him to make decisions and get him out of position. Although we are missing Christian McCaffrey for this game, David Montgomery is still a very strong runner and cannot be discounted. The threat of Kyler’s running will also open up lanes for Montgomery to be effective. We also will highlight short play action plays to Mark Andrews to continue to attack Kenneth Murray. This game plan will force Budda Baker in the box to help support the run and then that will open up the passing game advantages on the outside. The specific matchup to attack would be Darious Williams. We love the match up with him with against Mike Williams or Davante Adams. Both of those players will just be too much for Williams to handle. If Patrick Surtain moves from a hybrid safety role to lining up against one of them on the outside, one still advantage us with 2 very talented veteran WR’s vs a rookie OR Mark Andrews down the seam at the SS position becomes a great matchup for us. Even without CMC, the weaponry in both the pass and the run game will put Anchorage in constant conflict. 


Although not the biggest names Bradley Bozeman and Oli Udoh are having very strong seasons on the interior, Jawaan Taylor is playing nicely at RT for Jacksonville, so despite a few offensive line injuries, Raleigh feels they can match up with an OK Anchorage front. The real threat for Anchorage comes from the DT’s rather than the EDGE defenders. We think the outside runs vs inside runs will give us the advantage there and then slow the pass rush down from the edge. David Montgomery can help with pass pro in the play action game to help us make sure we get those could extra seconds to hit those play action passes. Kyler may have to escape and make some plays outside the pocket with the rush coming from the middle, but luckily, he is pretty ok at that. We think some roll outs on boot action will help get Kyler away from interior pass rush and play into our WR vs CB advantages on the outside.




Base 3-4. Zone blitz attacking style defense.


Run Defense:

Anchorage is going to have to outscore the Raleigh Firebirds. While Jonathan Taylor is an effective chain movers, we don’t see him as someone that needs special attention. We believe our interior DL trio of SJD, Michael Pierce, BJ Hill along with Jayon Brown can keep the running game from being a major factor.


Pass Defense: 


Joe Burrow is still on his way back from the knee injury, so the plan is to blitz and attack him and make him move. We won’t let Burrow get comfortable in the pocket. We will be back in the 3-4 zone blitz scheme which we think can confuse Burrow and prevent him from having time to hit big plays down the field. We anticipate Anchorage trying to use multiple pass catchers and spread us out. The plan would be to continue to attack that look and if they are going to pass they will have to do it quickly. Anchorage WR’s are more adept at the big play rather than big RAC gains and getting open quickly, so we think an aggressive style will lead to sacks, mistakes or at worst long drives


In week 1 in the real NFL, Avonte Maddox was matched up with Kyle Pitts for most of the game and held him to 4 for 31. We like that match up. When Pitts is off the field, bringing in Landon Collins to play the safety/LB role to help with the run and short passing game as well as being another blitzer will help slow Anchorage down.


Once again zone on the back end is our best bet, and keeping our safeties high to prevent big plays. We want to keep everything in front of us and force Anchorage to stay patient and we think that with the success of our offense will make Burrow try and force some throws and create turnovers.






Overview: We are 1-1-1 and are looking to build off of last weeks win and keep the momentum going against a good Raleigh team. 


  • We will feature our base 3 wide and mix in 4 and 2 TE sets
  • Bryan Edwards will be our 4th WR in 4 wide and will line up outside with Jones Jr moving into the slot
  • Edwards has been a contested catch monster this season and we will look to him when we need some key conversions
  •  Higbee is our 2nd TE in 12 Personnel
  • We will use motions with Henry Ruggs to get him in advantageous positions to use his speed in space underneath to attack openings in zone or just burn whichever corner is tasked with keeping up with him in man
  • Ruggs will also attack the middle of the defense deep from the slot position often
  •  Pitts will spend his 3 Wide reps in line and chip on Von Miller slowing him down and then releasing as a clutch option for Burrow
  • In 2 Tight Higbee will be the Miller chipper and Pitts will have route first focus
  • Chase and Jones will run a wide array of routes against a patchwork secondary
  • We will utilize the chemistry between Burrow and Chase to our advantage. Burrow has a 147.8 QBR when targeting Chase
  • Chase will also get plenty of opportunities to take the top off the defense just like Ruggs except on the outside
  • We will run both Chase and Ruggs deep on some plays opposite each other in the formation after Ruggs is motioned over to the opposite slot forcing single high coverage to choose between them or testing the range of two deep coverage working the sidelines while opening up everything underneath
  • We will also mix in some switch patterns when the two are aligned on the same side
  • If we are seeing heavy zone we will flood their zone concepts allowing Burrow to pick apart their defense targeting best matchups
  • We will use Jones veteran route running savvy to work zones and get easy separation against man
  • Taylor is our lead back once again and Pollard and Henderson will get a healthy share of the workload to give us a three headed monster and keep our backs fresh. We believe Pollard could be a starting back on many teams
  • Zone running game, and we will incorporate some traps and counters to take advantage of the aggression of the Raleigh Edge rushers. 
  • We will use our RB to attack the flats and short zones, however we will use them as pass protectors or chippers before route release if we start to experience heavy blitzing as well as in 4 wide sets keying on Von Miller
  • We will introduce some Vita Vea usage at FB this week on the goaline and take out Pitts from the 2 Tight when we do

Defense: Nickel against 3 wide. 2-4-5 against 4 wide. 4-3 against 12 personnel and 2 RB/2 Wide formations. If 2 RB/3 Wide we will play our Nickel. 

  • Rotate our dline just enough to keep our starters fresh 
  • Against 4 or 5 Wide, Parsons will line up as LE with Okwara at RE. Budda moves to the enforcer position. Surtain moves to Star. Fulton moves outside to pair with Jaylon Johnson and CJ Gardner Johnson plays the nickel 
  • Against 2 TE or 2 RB Fulton is out, Baker at SS, Surtain outside and Cole Holcomb plays SLB to form a traditional 4-3
  • If Murray can’t go this week Holcomb replaces him as starting ILB and Jaylon Smith will play SLB in the 4-3
  • Parsons will often be sent on various blitzes from all over the front on clear passing downs out of the Nickel and 4-3
  • Play disciplined gap control football aware of the RPOs 
  • We will not play with a spy on Kyler so that on options and fakes he can’t unnecessarily pull us out of our gap responsibility 
  • We will play different zone coverages, so we have our players able to identify scrambling by Kyler. As we will have a flat defender on each side and a middle zone player in all zone coverages breaking the field in thirds to be able to come up and limit Kyler’s scrambling
  • Again we will often have Parsons blitzing after Kyler, hunting him down anyway
  • We will have our ends outside contain to bottle up outside run plays and push everything back inside as well to limit those outside rush opportunities. 
  • We have some great young talent at corner and all three starters are playing tremendous football right now. Raleigh has great weapons in the passing game but we like our matchups in zone coverage against them especially with the pressure we are able to generate 
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I don't think Raleigh has anywhere close to the pass defense to hang around here. Murray is on fire to start the season but this is another one of the league's worst offensive lines and Anchorage has the talent to get after him.

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45 minutes ago, Blue said:

I don't think Raleigh has anywhere close to the pass defense to hang around here. Murray is on fire to start the season but this is another one of the league's worst offensive lines and Anchorage has the talent to get after him.

Judging by your Morgan Moses and Jordan Mailata opinions this must mean I have one of the league's best offensive lines.....

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26 minutes ago, EaglesPeteC said:

Judging by your Morgan Moses and Jordan Mailata opinions this must mean I have one of the league's best offensive lines.....

Judging by how the voting has gone, I don't think anyone is looking at my line as the pinnacle of success either, bro

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Offensively I see this as a shootout, defensively, Anchorage is just better. Especially in pass defense. I think despite a 15th ranked QB looking like a Top 10 ranked QB, it's not enough because Joe Burrow and company will dominate the Raleigh secondary here and that high end interior line of Anchorage will get to Murray often. 

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