There was nothing wrong with the designs of Crook's predecessor, Bill Bedenbaugh. He wasn't fired. He was hired by an Oklahoma team that prefers zone plays and needed someone to do it better than the guy before him.
WVU's linemen used to block the defenders who crossed their facemasks. If there was an opportunity to double team, the free lineman usually went to the next level to get his hands on a linebacker or a safety. Double teams were somewhat rare and mostly seen when a lineman didn't have a body at the first or second level and instead chose to blindside a defensive lineman who had his hands full with one of the other Mountaineers.
Crook's double teams are by design, power plays dependent upon the defensive front that tells which linemen are supposed to link up and take on predetermined opponents.
"Now we're both engaged on the defensive end, and whichever way he goes, the other guy comes off and he goes up to the next level," Feigt said.
Should the offensive linemen knock the defender down, then both proceed to the second level and strengthen WVU's numerical advantage. And this is about a numerical advantage. It's guards and tackles combining on the side of the play or guards or centers sweeping across to join a teammate. Feigt said there's even a play where the center and the guard on the backside of the play combine to take out a defender on the backside of the play.
"That rarely occurs," he said.
How often it happens doesn't matter. What's important to the 2013 Mountaineers is that it's part of a plan that needed retooling.
"It's a minor adjustment, not a big deal, but it brings a little more of an attitude to it now," Feigt said. "You're not out there by yourself. If the guy to your left is coming off the ball pretty well, you pretty much know you've got a knock down. That little bit of an attitude makes it more fun."
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