So I am blogging in general because I don’t have an assistant who follows me around to write down all my incredible genius.
I say that to say I will attempt this college football season to digest each week in terms of teams that are relevant to me. A few of which are Oregon, Texas, and GA Tech, but is likely to change weekly.
In short I played the game in high school and consider myself a student of the game. As a result the I will examine and critique the before mentioned teams, along with others, in what I learned and what I like to see in football. I played wide receiver so I will often speak in great lengths about the scheme the decisions and the purpose of plays. As defense goes I find it a bit simpler, not easier in any way I think its actually harder on defense, just simpler.
Oregon – I love the schools style of play, i.e. their speed and persistence. I am not however a fan on their playbook. For instance in the National Title game the offense got into the 10 yard line multiple times but was unable to score. I feel that was because of the formation used, spread not goal-line.
Texas – Fell to pieces last year on offense. Why? Because the offensive coordinator didn’t believe in his QB. Gilbert was a red shirt freshman in the title game two years ago (2010) after Colt McCoy’s exit. The fact is even though he turned the ball over at a critical point late in the game he was comfortable in the scheme as soon as they left him use it. But for whatever the reason the coordinator changed the scheme for the 2010 from the spread to the standard two tight end. Why when the issues from their title run were a result of rushing consistency? I proposed a two back system in 2010 to all my friends who got me started on it. They had Fozzy, Cody Johnson, and Tre Newton if they were to ever utilize Cody as the lead block and ran either of other two behind him they could hide his speed and get both of the other two to the second maybe third level of the defense where they thrive. Now this coming year the new offensive coordinator has kept the spread and utilized both Cody and Fozzy or the new freshman in the running game with a twist. He has lined up Fozzy to get the direct snap. That’s gonna be entertaining.
GA Tech – What Coach Paul Johnson is calling a spread offensive type the rest of the world is calling the triple option. Slow and meticulous it is not a complex scheme but a completely complicated after on field mid-play analysis. The problems since the ACC championship win have been defense and pass/catch ability. Whether it was the receivers dropping balls or the QB not getting the balls to the receivers or even the defense getting beat by the same slant/dig/cross pattern for seemingly a dozen or more games one of these things keep them from adding to the win column. This year marks a the beginning of the Paul Johnson recruiting era, meaning that nearly everyone on the field is a PJ recruit, and with it this past spring he brought in a few 300+ pound-ers. This should add to the size and the domination on both sides of the ball. Which should then indirectly help their problems.