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#1 Buffalo Barbarian

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:26 AM

Stanford University

Jim Harbaugh was hired as the head coach of the Stanford Cardinals in December 2006. As part of his coaching staff, he hired Shafer as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Harbaugh was quoted as saying Shafer being “one of the most creative and innovative defensive minds in college football.”[10] While at Stanford, he was part of the Cardinal's October 6, 2007 upset of USC. The Trojans were favored in the game by 41 points but the Cardinals scored a touchdown in the final minute to win the game 24-23. The upset was considered by some to be the greatest upset in the history of college football.[21] Shafer's defense at Stanford ranked fifth in the nation with 37 sacks and posted 101 tackles for loss, which was good for 11th in the country. The numbers were the Cardinal's best since their Rose Bowl season of 1999.[7]

Syracuse

Shafer was hired by Syracuse University head football coach Doug Marrone in 2009. He was hired as the defensive coordinator for a team that allowed 32.7 points per game in the 2008 season.[24] Shafer quickly took over and changed the defense from being one of the most porous defenses in the country and made them a respectable group of players.[25] The defense went from being 101st in the country to the top 20 under Shafer.[26] Under Shafer, Syracuse’s defense ranked 7th in the nation in 2010 in total defense (from 37th), 12th in the nation in first downs allowed (from 27th), 10th in pass defense (from 85th), 14th in pass efficiency defense (from (113th), and 13th in scoring defense (from 81st).[27] While at Syracuse, he coached 2012 1st round draft pick Chandler Jones, who was the highest draft pick from Syracuse since Dwight Freeney in 2002.[28]
Coaching and defensive philosophy

Shafer said his father was his greatest coaching role model. He noted: "My dad always said a good coach can coach any position, and a good coach can coach any scheme. We'll come up with an excellent scheme that is simple enough to let the kids attack and play with great aggression."[29] Shafer explained his defensive philosophy this way: "Scheme is overrated, I've always believed that. What's not overrated is getting your kids to play with great effort, great attitude and great enthusiasm. Those are things we can control on a daily basis, and that will be my primary goal. . . . The philosophy of our defense is attack-oriented, attack and react. We want to be a defense this is multiple, that is always putting pressure and forcing the hand of the offense. We want to be a penetrating defense. If you're going to (ask) what our objectives are? The one thing we want to do is stop the run, force them to throw the ball on first down, create negative plays on first down . . . and get ourselves in position to force them to throw the ball. Get them one-dimensional. We don't want to be a defense that sits back. We want to be a defense that creates turnovers and scores touchdowns."[30]
Similarly, he told the Detroit Free Press: "We're an attack defense; scheme is overrated. All schemes can work if you tackle and keep the ball in front. We're an aggressive defense, force the offense's hand. We're going to stop the run on early downs and force the pass. We'll get situations where when we are forcing the pass, we hit the quarterback, forcing him to throw the ball into coverage."[30][31]
Shafer’s defense philosophy has also been published to DVD. He is the author of eight instructional videos that are distributed by Coaches Choice and teach lessons such as tackling, press coverage, and different defense packages.[32]


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:56 AM

Shafer is a decent prospect

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:31 AM

View PostKollegeStudnet, on 07 January 2013 - 03:56 AM, said:

Shafer is a decent prospect

Can he fix the Run defense.  We have atrociously been horrible against the Run for the last decade.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:54 AM

Got to love that perspective, I've always preferred a more aggressive approach on Defense, for some reason--was it Galey, Edwards, Wanny, Nix?--the Bills have seemed to play more passive "scheme." But whatever it was, it hasn't worked, time for a change.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:08 AM

thanks for the info BB good stuff indeed

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:31 AM

View PostKollegeStudnet, on 07 January 2013 - 03:56 AM, said:

Shafer is a decent prospect
I re-watched the bowl game and shafer is very very aggressive, pressuring on any down regardless of situation.   gives up big plays but makes more than they give up

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:51 AM

Scaeffer is perfect for us with talent we have and or will draft....

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:07 AM

So I am trying to figure out why Schafer left Stanford after such a great year...? Harbaugh hadn't left yet.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:11 AM

Good post.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:19 AM

Good information abouut Shafer - I did not know much about him.  Might be a good candidate.  Thanks for posting

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:25 AM

Maybe we can make .500 this decade, just maybe.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

No Way.  He said the DC has to have NFL experience. I ike this guy but there is no way they are going to hire him.
I hope he takes over Syracuse as HC.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:20 PM

Thanks! Great post!

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:31 PM

View PostBuffalo Barbarian, on 07 January 2013 - 03:26 AM, said:

Shafer’s defense philosophy has also been published to DVD.

Was it fimed and distributed by the Pats*?

Seriously though - I loved how the SU D throttled the WVU offense in teh Pinstripe bowl.  They came after Geno and kept them off balence.  Multiple sacks and safeties.  It was awesome.

The SU O was even more impressive, sticking with the run the entire game and just kept pounding it because it just kept working.  None of that stupid out thinking yourself only to trick yourself playcalling that we have seen in Buffalo for ten years.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

Marrone also said everything will run through him, and he will be in on the defensive gameplans, and he feels like he knows defense as much as he knows offense, so we can expect to see a very aggressive defense like Syracuse ran, even without Shafer being the guy.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

View PostKelly the Dog, on 07 January 2013 - 01:34 PM, said:

Marrone also said everything will run through him, and he will be in on the defensive gameplans, and he feels like he knows defense as much as he knows offense, so we can expect to see a very aggressive defense like Syracuse ran, even without Shafer being the guy.

I hope he can get a young fiery DC like a Horton or Mike Zimmer in Buffalo.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:39 PM

View Postganesh, on 07 January 2013 - 01:36 PM, said:

I hope he can get a young fiery DC like a Horton or Mike Zimmer in Buffalo.
Zimmer is not really young, he's like 56 or something. But I agree I want an aggressive younger coach with a lot of NFL experience. Horton type would be great. I don't necessarily think he is a likely choice, but it's possible.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

NFN, but I'm reading that Marrone will hire experienced NFL assistants at OC & DC.


“The coordinators will need to have thorough NFL experience, especially on the defensive side of the ball.”  

http://profootballta...d-coordinators/

Which to me is a very great thing, hopefully he picks the right people as we all know that was both Jauron & Gaileys downfall.





P.S. Quoting wiki on anything= :sick:

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:51 PM

View PostFeartheLosing, on 07 January 2013 - 01:48 PM, said:

NFN, but I'm reading that Marrone will hire experienced NFL assistants at OC & DC.


“The coordinators will need to have thorough NFL experience, especially on the defensive side of the ball.”  

http://profootballta...d-coordinators/

Which to me is a very great thing, hopefully he picks the right people as we all know that was both Jauron & Gaileys downfall.





P.S. Quoting wiki on anything= :sick:
And I hope he does not hire Jauron and Gailey for that position just because they have NFL coaching experience.  Both played scared and not lose games. They do not fit the Marrone mentality.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:54 PM

"Aggressive and "Bills defense" have been like fire and water for much too long.  Does Shafer have any NFL coaching experience?  It would help.