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  • Turk Talk - Turn Protection


    Comments 11 Comments
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      Turk Talk!!!! Woooooo!!! Man it's great to have you back!
    1. giantsfan97's Avatar
      Awesome, thanks Turk! If I may offer a suggestion, go back through your previous videos on youtube and rename them so their titles are are topic at hand and not the date and time they were created.
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by giantsfan97 View Post
      Awesome, thanks Turk! If I may offer a suggestion, go back through your previous videos on youtube and rename them so their titles are are topic at hand and not the date and time they were created.
      Can do giants. Thanks. By the way ... I loved seeing the Giants beat the Patriots!!
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Turk Talk returns! I have to re-engage my brain now.

      I've seen offenses where the QB calls the protection and others where the center calls it. Which is more prevalent?

      Seeing the halfback responsibilities I can see now why I see very talented rookies on the bench behind experienced guys. Looks like the HB is last line of defense for the QB.
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by msclemons View Post
      Turk Talk returns! I have to re-engage my brain now.

      I've seen offenses where the QB calls the protection and others where the center calls it. Which is more prevalent?

      Seeing the halfback responsibilities I can see now why I see very talented rookies on the bench behind experienced guys. Looks like the HB is last line of defense for the QB.
      Usually the center is directing the line to where they need to go. The QB should be the one who makes a change, especially when in shot gun. When a QB makes a change in protection he must be aware of the weakness to his change. He also needs to make sure that he turns back to the RB and yells out the change to him. In a loud stadium, if the QB doesn't turn back, the RB won't hear him, that is when you see a RB come running up to the QB late to find out what the QB did. Communication is a beautiful thing, and in my opinion, one can't over communicate.
      Protections are very important for the HB, especially in 3rd down situations, that is why coaches like a veteran back there, even if he isn't the most gifted runner on the team.
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Who have been the best you've seen at picking up the blitz? Both in terms of QB recognition of where it's coming from, and RB in terms of recognizing his responsibility and making the block?
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by ScottDCP View Post
      Who have been the best you've seen at picking up the blitz? Both in terms of QB recognition of where it's coming from, and RB in terms of recognizing his responsibility and making the block?
      Joe Montana and Peyton Manning for the QB's. Thurman Thomas of the Bills was excellent at blitz recognition. He would see a mistake by a lineman and readjust to pick up the free guy.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      That's was cool. Welcome Back Turk. What your break down taught me was the QBs that are masters of reading coverages, go no huddle and those who are passing Kings usually are successful with this. Your Joe Montana "Tom Tom" reference was good insight.

      Thanks for sharing.
    1. FootballFan's Avatar
      Turk talk rules. There's nothing else like it on the internet when it comes to football. I've looked.

      I've had a fall football season full of difficulties of getting inexperienced and young QB's and RB's trained in protections and trying to explain what's going to observers for the guys on the field. I'm going to share this clip.

      Thanks turk.
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by FootballFan View Post
      Turk talk rules. There's nothing else like it on the internet when it comes to football. I've looked.

      I've had a fall football season full of difficulties of getting inexperienced and young QB's and RB's trained in protections and trying to explain what's going to observers for the guys on the field. I'm going to share this clip.

      Thanks turk.
      Agree! We are very lucky to have a NFL coach with great understanding of how all the little details of a play or coverage work.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      This is Fun. I love hearing the game broken down. I hope Turk can rev this up again soon. He could tell us schemes he saw in Super Bowl XLVI.