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Opponents scheming against Shock offense

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Spokane’s Casey Hansen, left, filled in briefly for quarterback Nick Davila.  (Photo: Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review ) Spokane’s Casey Hansen, left, filled in briefly for quarterback Nick Davila. (Photo: Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review )

By Jim Meehan
The Spokesman-Review

Spokane Shock head coach Adam Shackleford has discovered that what you see isn't always what you get.

"We watch film all week and we get to the game and nobody ever shows what they did on film," Shackleford said. "They always seem to try to game-plan us differently. That's out of respect to our receivers, who are very good. So it takes us a little while to adjust. Luckily we have a defense that shuts down people.

"Teams are doing a lot of different things to our offense trying to stop our receivers. They're playing a lot of soft zone, playing a lot of coverages that you usually don't see until you get down in the red zone. It's almost like a blanket coverage, trying to keep everything in front of them."

To some degree, the maneuvers have been effective as Spokane has been held to its three lowest point totals in the last four games. The Shock (8-0), who remain No. 1 in the arenafootball2 rankings, have scored in the 40s in three of those games, but still won each by double digits.

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