AMP's defense guided them to a second straight title with some intelligent tactical decisions.
November 6, 2019 by Colin Clauset in Analysis with 0 comments
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“We wanted to force them to grind the unders. The first thing you have to do is establish position behind and just always be pushing them under.”
Technically, this was Raha Mozaffari discussing Philadelphia AMP‘s defensive game plan against Fort Collins Shame in the semifinal. It made total sense, forcing a huck-dominated offense to work for each yard. It worked at the right times, earned the turns AMP needed at critical moments, and gave them a shot at repeating as national champions. But with another day to prep, and a rematch looming with a San Francisco Mischief team who had beaten AMP twice already this year, I expected to see something out of left field to throw off Mischief’s balanced attack.
Imagine my surprise to see the same defensive game plan from the Philadelphia team that got them through their semifinal. And with six total breaks en route to a 15-9 victory, it’s hard to argue with the effectiveness. So how did they do it?
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