When you only go into the spread when the entire stadium and TV viewing crowd know you are going to throw, the spread is probably not going to be effective.
Johnson should stop trying to pull the game plan from his head. He should have a real plan based upon tendencies the other team is showing on various down and distance situations. There is nothing wrong with modifying what you plan to do if you see something but he needs to at least start with a plan.
The problem is that he believes that his base formation and play set will work against anyone all the time.
I really hope he progresses and develops some really new stuff in the spring that will be more than a flash in the pan experiment.
The guy is totally conservative but from time to time will go to a tremendously risky play when he still has time to win the game. Evidence is the slow developing reverse pass attempted against Miss.
His running stuff works but it needs to be complimented with a solid passing game that is not a hope and a prayer last ditch attempt to salvage something.
If we are going to continue to play 2 or 3 FCS schools each year, why doesn't he use these scrimages to develop his passing and/or traditional spread rushing game?
But I'll bet he lines up against Wofford and runs his base offense most of the game. And, if I were a future FBS opponent, that is what I would prepare for. If CPJ came out against Wofford and really showed a different and effective look and it was effective, his FBS opponents would have to prepare for everything.
When his offense works, it is exciting but if he wants to win against the big boys on his schedule, he is going to have to modify, plan, and execute the plan.