Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    V-Unit's Avatar
    V-Unit is offline Jersey Retired
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Posts
    6,317

    Defensive Headsets

    I thought this would be a good offseason topic. As you know one defensive player, probably the captain and/or MLB, will be allowed to have a headset in his helmet. This means less hand signals, and giving the Defense an advantage that the offense already has.

    Does it really matter?

    On one hand, it might eliminate some confusion on the defensive side of the ball. Less timeouts because the pre-snap defense fell apart (wrong coverage/personnell) and a more prepared D in general.

    On the other hand, defenses still have to react to how the offense lines up. A 4-wide set against base defense still earns a timeout. Players still will scramble to cover the right guy pre-snap. Things like blitzes are still pure timing.
    "I hate when threads are destroyed by facts and logic."
    - Prophet


    Thanks Josdin!

  2. #2
    seaniemck7's Avatar
    seaniemck7 is offline Hall of Famer
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Posts
    1,453

    Re: Defensive Headsets

    I may wrong, but do the DBs get their coverage calls from the MLB?
    I always thought that coverage schemes were separate (and sent in separately) from the line/blitz/stunt calls that were sent in.


    In other words, it may assist the D in some ways (like when an offense is running a no huddle), but it won't change the game.

  3. #3
    mountainviking's Avatar
    mountainviking is offline Team Alumni
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    2,841

    Re: Defensive Headsets

    I think it helps the defense in a few different ways...

    One, there is the elimination of stealing hand signals.
    However, what about the possibility of stealing radio signals?

    I think it gives the coach and in our case the MLB, EJ a bit more communication.
    The coach can say more than just the play call...a little insight into what to look for in certain situations, or maybe, the guy upstairs calls down to the sidelines with a we saw this formation on the tape kind of call.
    And, the info should be more complete, the variations less likely to be misinterpreted.

    Also, seems to me, that the play will come in quicker...that the headset guy can be giving the info to the rest of the team quicker than if he had to watch a series of hand signals on the sideline.
    He can be watching the O set up and listening to the play call at the same time.

    Maybe most importantly, it should help the D vs. the No-huddle offense.
    Still won't be much time to set up, but at least there could be some input from the sidelines.

    A concern of mine, is injuries and equipment malfunction.
    For over 20 years I've been involved someway in the restaurant industry, so I've seen all manners of written and computer order systems.
    Seems that all computer systems go down from time to time, and what used to be the way it was done (written orders), now throws servers and kitchens into chaos.
    As we rely more and more on technology, we handle life without less comfortably.
    What happens when a helmet takes a beating and there's a loose wire, or a player has to leave the field and somebody forgets to switch helmets...?

    All in all, I feel it does even out the offensive advantage somewhat.
    However, the "no push out" rule will probably help more, as it makes those sideline catches quite a bit harder to come down with.
    Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!

    "Balance it on end and thats the third side of the coin!!" -wookiefoot

  4. #4
    Zeus's Avatar
    Zeus is offline Jersey Retired
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Minnesota.
    Posts
    23,937

    Re: Defensive Headsets

    "V" wrote:
    I thought this would be a good offseason topic. As you know one defensive player, probably the captain and/or MLB, will be allowed to have a headset in his helmet. This means less hand signals, and giving the Defense an advantage that the offense already has.

    Does it really matter?

    On one hand, it might eliminate some confusion on the defensive side of the ball. Less timeouts because the pre-snap defense fell apart (wrong coverage/personnell) and a more prepared D in general.

    On the other hand, defenses still have to react to how the offense lines up. A 4-wide set against base defense still earns a timeout. Players still will scramble to cover the right guy pre-snap. Things like blitzes are still pure timing.
    The defense still has to react to the play, for sure.
    But I think eliminating confusion in getting the play-call in to the defense will help them get into their BASE defense for the play earlier, allowing them to do more shifting and adjusting to the pre-snap routine of the offense.

    =Z=

    Thanks to Josdin for the awesome sig!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Bakersfield, CA
    Posts
    1,128

    Re: Defensive Headsets

    "mountainviking" wrote:
    I think it helps the defense in a few different ways...

    One, there is the elimination of stealing hand signals.
    However, what about the possibility of stealing radio signals?

    I think it gives the coach and in our case the MLB, EJ a bit more communication.
    The coach can say more than just the play call...a little insight into what to look for in certain situations, or maybe, the guy upstairs calls down to the sidelines with a we saw this formation on the tape kind of call.
    And, the info should be more complete, the variations less likely to be misinterpreted.

    Also, seems to me, that the play will come in quicker...that the headset guy can be giving the info to the rest of the team quicker than if he had to watch a series of hand signals on the sideline.
    He can be watching the O set up and listening to the play call at the same time.

    Maybe most importantly, it should help the D vs. the No-huddle offense.
    Still won't be much time to set up, but at least there could be some input from the sidelines.

    A concern of mine, is injuries and equipment malfunction.
    For over 20 years I've been involved someway in the restaurant industry, so I've seen all manners of written and computer order systems.
    Seems that all computer systems go down from time to time, and what used to be the way it was done (written orders), now throws servers and kitchens into chaos.
    As we rely more and more on technology, we handle life without less comfortably.
    What happens when a helmet takes a beating and there's a loose wire, or a player has to leave the field and somebody forgets to switch helmets...?

    All in all, I feel it does even out the offensive advantage somewhat.
    However, the "no push out" rule will probably help more, as it makes those sideline catches quite a bit harder to come down with.
    Excellent post.
    I agree that technology starts to rule our lives and people seem totally lost when there are outages.
    Here in the hospital we have a backup manual system which we practice often so if the servers should go down we can switch over with little or no loss of effectiveness.
    Comforting news, especially when you work in a hospital. ;D

Similar Threads

  1. Wireless Headsets
    By Marrdro in forum The Clubhouse
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-06-2008, 05:53 PM
  2. Which Defensive End Would You Take ?
    By Marrdro in forum Vikings Offseason/Draft/FA Forum
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 03-11-2007, 07:46 PM
  3. Defensive Run
    By Webby in forum Vikings Fan Forum
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-11-2005, 06:27 PM
  4. Defensive help
    By x-ray jeff in forum Vikings Fan Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-02-2005, 08:20 PM
  5. Defensive TD!!
    By VikingsTw in forum Vikings Fan Forum
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 11-28-2004, 07:28 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •