Dungy: NFL Coaches Will Go To College Campuses To Stop Lamar

College coaches often come to NFL training camps for ideas and information, Tony Dungy says; next year, it will be just the opposite

The DA Show
November 26, 2019 - 11:32 am

Tony Dungy is one of the best coaches in NFL history and spearheaded some of the best defenses in NFL history.

And even he doesn’t have an answer for Lamar Jackson.

“It’s tough because you’ve got to have so many rules in place for their running game,” Dungy said on The DA Show. “It’s not a standard run game. What happens when nobody blocks you? If you’re a defensive end and nobody blocks you, what do you do? If you’re a defensive tackle and no one blocks you, what do yo do? Who do you take: the quarterback or the running back? You’ve got to play your safeties so tight to the line of scrimmage to handle all these running plays – and the Rams did that last night. And they still ran for 285 on them.”

Indeed, the Ravens rushed 48 times for 285 yards and a touchdown in a 45-6 win over the Rams on Monday. Jackson ran eight times for 95 yards – and threw for 169 yards and five scores.

It was pure dominance.

“Then you take all these chances (on defense) and you open up the passing game,” Dungy said. “It’s very difficult. He puts a lot of stress on defenses.”

NFL coaches, meanwhile, are left looking for answers – answers that might not come until the offseason.

“We always have college coaches come to pro training camp and visit and try to get ideas,” Dungy said. “You’re going to have a lot of pro coaches going to college campuses this offseason, going to Alabama and Texas A&M (and asking), ‘Hey, what do you do against these read-option, all these RPO situations?’ I think you’re going to see those type of things. I think people will come to slow it down next year, but I think this year it’s going to be tough sledding on the defense.”