- Jul 1, 2012
Does the defensive line get less rest (seconds between plays) than an opponents offensive line? Are offensive lineman in better shape than defensive lineman? How does time of possession wear down the defensive line any more than the offensive line that is on the field just as much, physically speaking?
Perhaps, if an offense continuously runs the ball down a defense's throat, especially in situations where each team's lineman are of relatively equal stout, stature, etc., maybe the "wear down" is more on the mental side (demoralizing) then the physical one? Where, dare I say, guys relatively quit...or are simply going through the motions at that time?
O line has numbers of 5 v 4 or 5 v 3. You can absorb only so many body blows before breakdowns occur. You can offset this by rotating your d linemen more like cuse does. Even Clemson does that. But it only goes so far. This would happen at every single level of football.