Nick Skorich, the
line coach, says the new Brown front-line attack is "a controlled charge.
You read as you rush. First you charge and control the man in front of you.
Then you find the football and get it."
Along with the
new idea of line play, the Browns use more stunts in the line than they did
numerous variations," Collier says. "We have one in which the tackles
cross routes as they rush the passer. This is called an X pattern. Then we
might have an X on the strong side with the tackle and end crossing, or a
double X with the ends and tackles on both sides crossing."
All of the stunts
and blitzes are designed to make the job of men like Fichtner easier by
harrying the passer into hurrying his throw, hopefully before his receivers
have completed their patterns.
championship struggle tightens, the decisive moments could come in a few
desperate races between receivers and daring little men like Cleveland's
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