Here's some more on Mike Leach and possible new wrinkles to his offense:
Mike Leach Has A Pistol, But How Will He Use It? - CougCenter
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Evolving doesn't have to be a total makeover, it can be little things or concepts that helps "push" along the offense to counter how defenses play you. Even the "master" of the Air Raid has taken some wrinkles from his disciples to help his offense give the defense unfamiliar looks.As expected, one answer is simple: Not much, nor should it be much different. The offense got lots of mileage early out of four verticals and the mesh concept, for example. But there’s some somewhat new stuff here, primarily in the use of pistol sets from the backs, some multiple running back sets and motion with those guys in the backfield, and even some play-action and “pop” passes. Much of it is familiar to offenses run by other Airraid graduates, but is somewhat new to Coach Leach’s more traditional attack. I expect Washington State to have a few struggles in the fall, but it should be fun to see how quickly the offense comes together and what new wrinkles Leach adds in.
At the moment, there is no one in the same class as BeyBey and Hill in terms of explosive vertical ability, so that may be a reason why the staff has our guys working on other things during 7v7's. I agree, not having vertical threats on the outside hurts our offense in other ways besides the ability to go 70 yards on one pass play.
Last edited by AllGT; 06-13-2012 at 02:58 PM.
A LOT of what you saw was due to the GREAT LACK of competent Offensive linemen in the game.We had what 4? schollie guys out. Zero capability or exp on that 2nd unit OL.
Without Burnett the interior tackling WILL suffer-for sure at first. for ex: for all the buzz about the "monster" H-Days is,the one play I remember was TW! breaking a tackle by him on a tackle from the side,a direct hit! bounced off-- hmmm- not good
If we can't get a DOWNFIELD threat our outside run game will suffer BIGTIME and everybody will wonder--- who missed a block or bad pitch or bad play/decision,when it is a EXTRA defender coming up with impunity.Hard to run with 190 lbs of Safety dragging you down.
They may turn out to be duds, but like I said earlier, I'm looking forward to seeing how they perform against other teams.
Hmmm, I'm not paying enough attention to Leach.
Thanks for the links.
I don't believe in "evolution" in football schemes, as it usually has some sort of weird normative content, generally fueled by ESPN talking heads. I do believe in being less predictable, but I think that can be just as well accomplished through methods that many here would not consider "evolution."
The spread option is predicated on stretching the defense from sideline to sideline AND from front to back. We need the deep threat more than the short stuff for the front to back. We don't need defenses creeping into short zones trying to cover the pass. The only exception to this would be passing in the 2 min drill when we need both.
I'm sure we can find a way to take advantage of safeties and LB's crowding the LOS. We've got some pretty damn fast Abacks who can get behind those guys in a hurry on a go route.