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The common defensive strategy most football coaches take against a great quarterback is to force him out of the comfortable pocket area where he has the most protection.
But N.C. State plans to take the opposite approach today in Raleigh when it faces E.J. Manuel and the No. 3-ranked Florida State Seminoles.
Manuel, a senior quarterback, is almost as dangerous running with the football as he is passing. So, the Wolfpack prefers to take its chance stopping Manuel's passes rather than chasing him down the field.
"The first thing we have to do is try to keep him in the pocket like we didn't do with (Miami quarterback Stephen) Morris last week,'' N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien said. "He (Manuel) got out the pocket one time last year and we missed him with six guys. He kind of ran over us.
"I think I said after the game, and I still believe it, standing on the sideline he looks a lot like Donovan McNabb did to me when I first went to BC (Boston College) and he (McNabb) was the quarterback at Syracuse. He was a big guy who could run, beat you with his legs and throw the ball.
"He's (Manuel) a good pocket passer, but he's a guy who is much more dangerous running the football when he gets on the perimeter.''
Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.
Good luck with that, because we will just run Thompson, Wilder, Freeman and Pryor down their throats, and Fisher will find a way to get Manuel out of the pocket if he has to.
Atta baby. Rush those ends to the outside. Wilder will break their arms when they try to tackle him. Our OL and Lonnie will blow them up while EJ picks them to pieces.
Fine...bring the S up....keep the middle linebacker home.... We can swing pass them, TE up the seam....deep ins...and one on one to the outside.... I look forward to seeing EJ and how he will handle this.
I don't think it will work and they'll have to go away from it early, then EJ will find the seams and break their back.
Screens, swings, draws all day long. Sounds good to me. Will basically see a Clemson type pass rush if thats the case, which is a very good thing
Clemson has a pass rush?
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