Louisville Cardinals head coach Scott Satterfield is in the early stages of a pivotal year three. After a rocky 2020 season and some offseason hijinks, it was beginning to seem like neither Louisville nor Satterfield were entirely pleased with their present situation.
The trend continued downward after a blowout loss to Ole Miss in week one. However, a big victory last Saturday over a solid UCF team may be the change in fortune the Cardinals need. A change that the Florida State Seminoles are desperately striving for as well.
Satterfield’s background is on the offensive side of the ball and his teams tend to reflect his style.
- They heavily rely on pistol sets that give flexibility while giving away minimal information pre-snap
- They base their offense off of stretch which gets the defense moving laterally
- Then they use misdirection PA or inside zones to take advantage of flowing defenders
- The key to their offense is quarterback Malik Cunningham who is a runner first but whose passing game continues to improve throughout his career.
Their defense tends to operate under one directive: stop the run.
- They play a one-gap 3-4 that allows quick upfield movement by the defensive line
- Their linebackers are aggressive in run fits and are heavily involved in the pass rush via stunts
- This aggressiveness can leave them a bit vulnerable to the passing game.
Some of these concepts are a bit difficult to fully grasp on paper. So lets jump into the film to see what they look like on the field.