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TCU News: Patterson’s scheme built around “positionless defenders”

Pro Day updates, breaking down the new 4-2-5, could the Seahawks be interesting in Turp?

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‘Great experience.’ TCU prospects enjoy Pro Day, working out for Titans coach Mike Vrabel, among others | The Star-Telegram

Pro Day was, by all accounts, a success for all involved.

For all of TCU’s players, though, simply getting in front of NFL executives is significant.

“I’m just blessed to have the opportunity to pursue this dream that I’ve had,” said Summers, who has fully recovered from an ankle injury that limited him last season.

“To do it here at TCU on familiar ground, it was a fun experience to do with my guys.”

Summers is viewed as a mid- to late-round draft pick. He’s hoping teams watch more of his sophomore and junior film, compared to his injury-plagued senior season, because that’s when he was healthier and played mostly linebacker.

Seahawks show interest in former TCU returner facing domestic violence charges | Field Gulls

Turpin held a private workout down the street from TCU on Friday. The Seahawks - who released Trevone Boykin after he was charged last spring - were one of four teams present.

Prior to the Seahawks’ 2012 Draft, Schneider was clear about his policy about taking players involved in domestic violence.

“Suffice it to say, we would never, ever take a player that struck a female, or had a domestic dispute like that, or did anything like that,’’

Since that time, players have been drafted and free agents have been signed with allegations of domestic violence in their past. While the existence of allegations haven’t stopped them from drafting or signing players, they did release quarterback Trevone Boykin after some gruesome details emerged of injuries to his girlfriend. Coincidentally, Boykin also played college football at TCU.

TCU and positionless defense | Football Study Hall

Great in-depth look at GP is constantly adjusting his scheme to attack opposing offenses.

One of the advantages that Patterson has always had at TCU is being able to drill his defenders extensively on opposing offenses. His base defense has tended to allow his players to play fast and to play fast in the direction of opposing tendencies, which they’ve scouted to perfection. Playing a hybrid, positionless scheme ups the ante for everyone, not just the hybrids. Everyone has to understand how to play fast against opposing tendencies from multiple positions within the base schemes.

So far though, the Frogs have been able to gradually increase their utilization of this particular sub-package and get closer to transforming their 4-2-5 into something that’s more of a hybrid system in which they play the same defenses in a large variety of different ways. If Patterson can figure out how to continue to churn out tendency-jumping units from hybrid defenses then TCU will be at no risk of losing their status as a beacon for innovative and effective defense amidst the chaotic Big 12.