OPPOSING COACH'S TAKE
Their best defense last year was Johnny Manziel—they would score so many points, the defense kind of fed off the offense. If they got up two touchdowns, they could pin their ears back and take some risks. When they were able to do that, it worked well. When they weren't able to, when teams matched them score for score, it became a problem. They gave us a lot of movement up front, a lot of stunts, but physical running teams are their kryptonite. You can line up and pound their butts.
Manziel was the architect of the offense. They didn't do a lot of complicated things; he could make so much happen after the play broke down. Without him they'll have more difficulty. They did have a good run game, and they always have a really good offensive line. [Cedric] Ogbuehi looks like the next great one. They'll rely more on the fundamentals, but they've got the talent to do that.
SI POWER RANKINGS
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SPECIAL TEAMS 84%
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (OGBUEHI)