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BDL 2023 Week 5 - Ivory Coast Black Rhinos @ Berlin Blitzkrieg


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BDL 2023 Week 5

Match:  Ivory Coast Black Rhinos @ Berlin Blitzkrieg

Away Owner: @RuskieTitan

Home Owner: @Ragnarok

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Ivory Coast Black Rhinos

Ivory Coast Offense

QB - Sam Howell

RB - Miles Sanders

WR - Terry McLaurin

WR - Amon-Ra St. Brown
WR - Jordan Addison

TE - Evan Engram

LT - Trent Williams

LG - Damien Lewis

OC - Josh Myers

RG - Zack Martin

RT - Chukwuma Okorafor


RB - Antonio Gibson

RB - Ezekiel Elliott

FB - Khari Blasingame

WR - Jalin Hyatt

WR - John Metchie

TE - Albert Okwuegbunam

OL - Josh Jones

OL - Dillon Radunz


Ivory Coast Defense

DE - Myles Garrett

NT - Christian Barmore

DT - Da'Ron Payne

DE - Khalil Mack

MLB - Devin White

OLB - Alex Anzalone

CB - AJ Terrell

CB - Ronald Darby
NCB - Greg Newsome II

S - Jordan Whitehead

S - Kyle Dugger


DE - Chase Young

DE - Darrell Taylor

DT - Devonte Wyatt

DT - Keondre Coburn

DT - Jaquelin Roy
LB - Patrick Queen

S - Jordan Fuller

S - Ashtyn Davis





Berlin Blitzkrieg
QB – C.J. Stroud
RB – Tony Pollard
WR – Garrett Wilson
Slot – Brandon Aiyuk
WR – Drake London
TE – Dallas Goedert
LT – Kolton Miller
LG – Ben Powers
C – Jarrett Patterson
RG – Nate Davis
RT – Tristan Wirfs

RB – Isiah Pacheco
RB – De’Von Achane
TE – Darnell Washington
WR – Romeo Doubs
WR – Kadarius Toney
OL – Spencer Burford
OL – Mike McGlinchey

DE – Trey Hendrickson
DT – Quinnen Williams
DT – Derrick Brown
DE – Samson Ebukam
LB – Jordyn Brooks
LB – Terrel Bernard
NB – Devon Witherspoon
CB – Deonte Banks
CB – Benjamin St-Juste
S – Antoine Winfield Jr
S – Juan Thornhill

DPR - Nik Bonitto
Edge 4 – Justin Houston
INT3 – Kurt Hinish
INT4 – Mazi Smith
LB3 – Tremaine Edmunds
CB4 – D.J. Turner
S3 – Amani Hooker

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Ivory Coast

Motivation: Keep wining.


Primary Formation: 11 & 12 (Single Back, Shotgun and Bunch formations)

Running Game Focus:

Miles Sanders is our primary back, with Antonio Gibson and Zeke Elliott providing Sanders with some breathers and spilling him on third and long. Elliott will be leveraged in short yardage situations, while Gibson provides an additional threat out the backfield. Khari Blasingame will operate as our fullback when we feel the need to pound the rock for short yardage as well as I-formation looks, and Josh Jones will provide the 6th OL support in goal line situations.

·         Establish the run early and often, setting up the play action pass against Berlin’s secondary

·         Leverage double team inside blocks to support the center and get to the second level (linebackers)

·         Use delays and counters to catch the defense off-balance

·         Establish control and time of possession to limit Berlin’s opportunities

Passing Game Focus:

Howell will be unleashed this by taking advantage of Berlin’s secondary matching up against our quick receivers. We expect to take advantage of the mismatches in the short and medium passing game, leveraging drag routes underneath and getting the ball in our playmakers’ hands so they can accumulate that YAC.

·         Protect Sam Howell, using chips and blocks from TEs and HBs as needed

·         Focus on short and intermediate routes, leveraging crossing routes to allow for our quick receivers to separate and create space

·         Especially take advantage of the short crossing routes, our receivers have the agility and quickness to take the small reception and turn up-field

·         Take advantage of our athletic tight ends and shift them out for mismatch opportunities, taking deep shots on occasion

·         Threaten the top of the defense with some of our speedsters

·         Against Zone we’ll utilize flood concepts against one side of the field

·         Against Man we’ll feature slants, rub routes, and stop-and-go routes


Defensive Formation:

The 4-2-5 alignment will be the primary alignment against three receiver sets. Payne and Barmore will man the middle, with plenty of depth to rotate in. Garrett and Mack start on the edges, with rotations to keep them fresh all game long. Devin White and Alex Anzalone are the off-ball linebackers, with White being the primary linebacker stepping up to the line. Our cornerbacks will be AJ Terrell, Ronald Darby, and Gregg Newsome II to handle the slot. When shifting to two corners, Terrell and Newsome will stay on. If and when Berlin goes four wide receivers, we’ll maintain our three corners and leverage cover-3 and cover-4 zone schemes. 


Against the Pass:

We’re going to have our defensive interior focused on inside penetration and eliminating space to take off up the middle. We want our big boys knifing into the backfield quickly, and disrupting Berlin’s offensive plans. Our edges are elite, and will maintain proper discipline as they collapse the pocket to prevent Berlin from scrambling outside. We’ll primarily use man coverage to play tighter to the receivers, eliminate the quick passing game, and trust our defensive line to make quick work of their offensive line.

·         Eliminate scramble lanes for extended plays

·         Always keep at least one safety over the top

·         Leverage zone schemes against spread concepts

·         Play tighter to the receiver, but not focused on jamming necessarily – we want to force contested catches throughout the routes


Against the Run:

We want to try and make Berlin one-dimensional and forced into third and long often. If needed, one of the safeties will drop into the box for additional support, regardless of cover 4 or cover 3 post-snap. We’ve got the players to rotate in throughout the game, and really punish and wear down their backs.

·         Swarm to the ball carrier and secure tackles

·         Once ball carrier is secured, take opportunities to try and force fumbles

·         Utilize a safety in the box pre-snap to provide additional support against the run if needed






TL;DR – Stroud, run the ball, sustain drives

It’s time for Stroud.  We are going to lean on our run game to take some pressure off the rookie in his first start.  All 3 of our backs are playing very well, so we want to get them heavily involved.  IC still has an awesome DL, and this is the best way to limit their impact.  We will use a lot of playaction and rollouts to impact the second level of the defense so that Stroud can make the read and get the ball out.

Running Game
If the average offense runs 75 plays in a game, we want our RBs to account for at least 50 of those touches if possible.  18 each for Pollard and Pacheco and 14 for Achane.  If we hit that number, we feel very good about our chances.  All 3 can run inside or outside and all three are weapons in the pass game, so we don’t feel like we have to change our offense depending on who is in the game.

We will use some screens and draws this week to further slow down the IC pass rush, especially with Pollard or Achane in the game.

Passing Game
Garrett and Aiyuk will get the bulk of the targets in the pass game as both need their opportunities.  No fewer than 8 each if possible.  Goedert and Drake will also get their chances, as will Doubs and Darnell in certain sets, but if IC devotes a double team to either Garrett or Aiyuk, we will focus elsewhere to keep the chains moving.

3 WR – 65% - Garrett/Drake/Aiyuk/Goedert/RB – Our base offense.  Garrett and Drake will be outside running every route.  Aiyuk starts out in the slot.  Sometimes he will motion across the formation, sometimes he will motion out to stack with the WR on his side, sometimes he will stay in place and we will snap quicker.  He will also run every route.  Goedert serves as a security blanket who occasionally pushes deeper. 

2 TE – 10% - Garrett/Drake/Goedert/Darnell/RB –We will use this in short yardage and goalline situations.  We will make use of Darnell’s size in the red zone to score TDs and blocking abilities in short yardage to move the chains.  Between Drake, Goedert, Garrett, and Darnell, we feel confident about winning a jump ball.

4 WR – 10% - Garrett/Drake/Aiyuk/Doubs/RB – Spread offense for hurry up and 2 minute drill.  Stroud will typically be in shotgun here.

2 RB – 15% - Garrett/Aiyuk/Goedert/Achane/Pollard – Achane and Pollard on the field together.  We will move one or both out of the backfield to give a 4 or 5 WR look with the intent on isolating a LB in coverage in space.  If one stays in the backfield, Stroud will have the freedom to call a run or pass based on the personnel and alignment.


TL;DR – Make personnel changes, no explosive plays, limit the run game, force Howell to beat us.

A quarter into the season, we are making some changes to our starting lineup based on performance.  We will play a pretty even mix of Cover 3 Zone and Cover 1 Man with the goal of not giving up the explosive play. 

Defensive Line
Hendrickson occupies Trent.  We think Quinnen and Derrick have an advantage on the interior, especially if Damien doesn’t play.  Ebukam will start, but Bonitto will rotate in on obvious passing downs as he deserves more BDL snaps.  Our DTs will rotate in as necessary with Hinish coming in more frequently on early downs.

Big change this week as Bernard takes over at MLB.  In man coverage, he will have the RB and Jordyn will have the TE.  If they go 2 TE, Tremaine comes in and has the 2nd TE.

Deonte and St-Juste will play outside.  Devon plays the slot.  If they go 4 wide, Turner comes in and St-Juste slides into the other slot.

Winfield will be up near the LOS at all times.  In Cover 1 Man, he is going to be used in multiple ways.  He will blitz, double the TE or slot WR, spy the QB, and generally cause havoc.

Thornhill will always line up deep middle.  If we are in Cover 1, he may shade to one side or the other.

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2 minutes ago, RuskieTitan said:

Please record her reaction to you telling her she's worth $450 and will be expected to start.

Actually, with my injury luck, I don't want to bring any harm to her.

Her response would be, "are they gonna put me in a skirt like Brady?"

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1 minute ago, RuskieTitan said:


How closely does she resemble Rodgers?

Not very.  But she grew up in Miami with 4 brothers during the 70s(huge Csonka fan).  And my granddad was a state champion hs football coach.  

So she knows football and hates the Pats.

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