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Friday, March 28, 2014

Rutgers' rush defensive ends get minor tweak under coordinator Joe Rossi

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

New defensive coordinator Joe Rossi hasn't wasted much time in offering subtle tweaks to Rutgers' defensive philosophy.

One took shape Thursday, when rush end David Milewski lined up in a two-point stance rather than playing with his hand on the ground.

"It's still the same position, same everything," Milewski said. "It's just now we're going to be in a two-point stance. Tampa Bay (Buccaneers) started doing it last year about halfway through the season. We brought that down to our defense."

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Rutgers' rush end, coined the "R" position, has designs on rushing the passer and also dropping into coverage. A two-point stance subtly lends the defense into a more multiple (4-3 or 3-4) scheme Rutgers covets.

“Traditionally in our base we’re responsible for the ‘B’ gap," Julian Pinnix-Odrick said of the traditional defensive end. "It’s a little bit different in that aspect. At ‘R’, you’re used to being in space on the edge. In there you have to bang with the big boys and be ready for anything."

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