Fat Camp

Fat Camp: Lateral Compartment Syndrome

During Sunday night's win over the Chiefs, Rahim Moore departed with a leg injury that reportedly had the Broncos' medical staff baffled. Today’s information clears up what occurred, and how Moore will be cared for.

It turns out that Rahim had lateral compartment syndrome, and underwent emergency surgery on Monday morning to correct the dangerous condition.

A compartment syndrome will occur when the muscles swell too much, putting pressure on the surrounding sheath of fascia (connective tissue) and, in some cases, impinging on the local nerves. That muscle swelling is usually linked to bleeding into the fascial compartment.

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Fat Camp: Offensive Line resources

With the placement of Ryan Clady onto IR and corresponding promotion of Chris Clark to starting left tackle, a lot of people are looking at offensive line play with newly interested eyes. I also wanted to share with you some of the sites and information that I’ve used or enjoyed - they’re good places to lurk and learn. Some folks are interested in learning enough to have it help them watch film - others might be inquisitive for other reasons.

Regardless, I think that you’ll learn a bit from this piece and it has several good links that you can peruse at your leisure if you have the interest.

A lot of people are still learning the game of football, and I’ve found that this is why many folks come to IAOFM. We believe that the average fan is a lot smarter than the league believes, and that they often want to learn more about the game than the general media provides. Like you, we’re also constantly learning.

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Fat Camp: How to watch film, Part 1

It’s my belief that every fan can benefit from some level of watching film with intent. What I mean by that is that it’s not really all that meaningful to run the game a couple of times, mostly watching the ball and expecting to get anything of value from it beyond the superficial comments of the announcers.

There’s nothing wrong with the superficial, either, if that’s all you feel like experiencing.

Simply put, there’s no one right way to enjoy the sport; I try to keep it entertaining as well as educational. After all, whether you are used to just watching the game casually, or are someone with a background in film, breaking down tape can be quite enriching.

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Fat Camp: Stopping the run

While going through some of last year’s film, I found a play that demonstrates so precisely how to stop the run, that I wanted to share it with you.

It’s from the first quarter of the Broncos' 30-23 victory over San Diego in Week 11 - the first play of the first possession. It exhibits two versions of classic shed techniques, and in doing so, the Broncos turn a potentially good gain by San Diego into a one-yard play.

In the first shot, fullback Le’Ron McClain (33) is split out to the side and pretends to go in motion, then settles back into the wing slot. Jackie Battle (44) is the ballcarrier. They’re in a two-tight end package, sometimes called a max, max-protect or, depending on personnel, jumbo package.

San Diego ran it a lot due to their odious offensive line - it gave Philip Rivers some degree of cover. Denver lines up with their defensive ends flipped - Elvis Dumervil (92) is on the defensive left, across from the outside shoulder of tight end Randy McMichael (81).

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Fat Camp: Expanding on the matchup safety idea

Happy Wednesday, friends.  I’m about to enter a period of personal radio silence, as I hit crunch time in studying for the most extensive and difficult section of the CPA exam, Financial Accounting and Reporting.

Since I’ll mostly be offline for the next week, I wanted to leave y’all a little sump’m sump’m to hold you over.  Once I’m past this part of the test, I’ll be back with some stuff about defensive backs in the draft class, and then kickers and punters.  Then, a few days before the 2013 Draft, I’ll be coming with my fourth annual Rational Actor Mock Draft.

Today, I want to expand upon the article I wrote on Monday, particularly after Greg Cosell’s well-timed piece that was linked in yesterday’s Lard.  I really liked Cosell’s comparison of the emerging need for what I call a matchup safety to how the need emerged (and was gradually filled) for quality slot cornerbacks a decade ago.

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Fat Camp: Makiwara and the lineman’s punch

When Tom Adams was the defensive line coach for the University of Kentucky back in 2000 (he would later move to Baylor and coach the defensive line from 2002-2004), he developed a modern technique based on a very ancient piece of training equipment. One of the presenters at a seminar Adams had attended said he was having his defensive linemen practice their forearm shivers against a wall. Tom took something home from every seminar he went to, and here was the lesson from this one.

Adams’s facility didn’t offer a handy wall near the practice field, so he took eight-foot-by-eight-inch posts and sank them into the ground, leaving about five feet exposed above the turf. He wound each with rope, creating a nine-inch striking surface. His linemen would train with them by using them for forearm shivers and palm strikes. For an offensive or defensive lineman, getting a solid punch, forearm shiver, and slap are standard to the positions.

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Fat Camp: Linebacker responsibilities in the Eagle defense

A recent re-reading of Football’s Eagle and Stack Defenses, written by longtime Penn State linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, turned up some information on the attacking 4-3 single gap and its versatility, as far as rolling the responsibilities of the players to match up with different downs, distances and probable plays.

It had me thinking about Jack Del Rio and his approach, which has some overlaps with my earlier musings. Vanderlinden’s discussion of the use of linebackers and reads was a perfect next step to reading Complete Linebacking, a book I also recommend highly, and which was written by Lou Tepper, under whom Vanderlinden coached with the CU Buffs in the 1980s.

I’ll get into eagle and stack defenses at another time, but there are some specifics here that can be adapted into many formations and schemes.

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Fat Camp: Ryan Clady and the franchise tag

It's widely expected that the Broncos will use their franchise tag on All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady this offseason. But what exactly does that mean?

Let's go over the details, including the most basic:

What is a franchise tag?

A franchise tag is a restricted tender used by teams to retain their most important unrestricted free agents. Franchise tags can also be used on players who are already deemed restricted free agents, but this doesn't generally happen, as it's not cost-effective.

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Fat Camp: Understanding what makes Jacob Tamme important to the Denver offense

Happy Thursday, friends.  I happened to notice in the Lard the other day that Jeff Legwold had written a stupid article for the Denver Post.  Shocker, I know.

TJ told me recently that Leggy is like 5 foot 4, so every time I think of him now, I picture a Hobbit.  And really, how can a dude who is that short have a nickname like Leggy?  Shouldn’t it be Stumpy or something?

We ponder only the most important questions at IAOFM.  You’re welcome.

This is the article that I’m referring to, and it’s the one in which Jacob Tamme is shouted out by Peyton Manning as a key to the Broncos offense.  There are two things that I find completely silly about it, and if you follow me over the jump, I’ll tell you what they are.

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Fat Camp: Why Elvis Dumervil has simplified his pass-rush repertoire

Happy Friday, friends.  We got a question about the productivity of Elvis Dumervil from a reader the other day, and along with Doc, I am coming off the other edge to help answer it.  It’s hard to contain a rush that’s coming off of both sides.

Doc took the position that Elvis has fine numbers, and I agree with him completely.  I’m going to come from the schematic angle, and talk about how team strategy is directly feeding into his numbers, and the tactics he’s employing.

If I use the term Wide-9, what does that mean to you?  Over the last couple of years, NFL talking heads have decided that it was a scheme that was being employed in Philadelphia.  In the true sense of the term, Wide-9 simply means that a defensive player is aligned on the outside shoulder of a second TE, if there were one.  He’s very far outside the offensive tackle. 

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