WEEK 7 OBSERVATIONS

Posted: October 16, 2011 in Weekly Reviews
Tags: , , , ,

AUBURN 17  FLORIDA 6

– What in God’s name is going on with Malzahn’s offense??  Dont give me Fig Newton – Malzahn could get points with me at QB!  I will thoroughly examine the puzzle of maybe Malzahn’s worst offense in his coaching career – for now – on powerspread.net.

– Muschumps needs to move back to Defensive Coordinator, where he excels with his rah-rah attitude, understanding of Nick Saban Zone Blitzing Schemes, and solid X&O know how.  But bringing in NFL Schemes with Charlie Weiss after years of success with the Power Spread of Urban Meyer is silly.  Again, another misunderstanding of this PS idea.  ITS NOT A GIMMICK – never was meant as such.  Only those who dont understand its range, would use the PS as a gimmick – like lining up in the Wildcat formation every once in a while to shake up a defense, but with no real offensive game plan of why your using this formation in the first place.

I notice that there are a lot of defensive coaches and offensive line coaches throughout the college ranks who move into prominent positions with the power to decide on either what type of offense to go with or what type of offensive coordinator to bring in.  In Muschumps case he may have felt that too much Spread Offense  could create injuries and turnovers, which would put his beloved defense in a bad position. He certainly couldnt use the excuse that the talent on Florida was geared more towards two back Pro Sets and 3&4 WR Pro Style Passing Spreads, which Weiss likes to run.

Every once in a while there’s the brilliant Defensive coach who understands concepts on offense, such as Brian Kelly and Charlie Strong.  Strong could eventually be recognized as the top coach of the future – be patient – in Louisville, Strong inherited more problems than simply what schemes to run.  But Strong has said he will run the Power Spread and he’s not lying as you can see by his recruiting. What’s really impressive is Strong’s understanding, from the Defensive side, of the PS and how, possibly, to stop it or at least slow it down.  As Saban was one of the first to really find a way to shut down the Passing Spread (Zone Blitzing schemes  were actually started by Bob Davie), Strong may be the first to really put a dent in a well run Power Spread scheme.

In the meantime,  poor Charlie Weiss actually went to the PS just a bit, and of course with some success, but this isnt his expertise and it shows.  So back to the NFL schemes, which will always be slaughtered in College Football unless they are executed to near perfection. Why? Because young kids need simpler schemes that let them run and hit and PLAY – not being so deterred by “thought” that an opponent of similar size and athleticism either knocks his block off or runs by him for another touchdown.  The SEC of the last decade has been a great example of this – not necessarily the “fastest” teams as so many fans have erroneously decided, but definitely the best assistant coaches who set up their top athletes in great positions on the field to excell to the max of their skills!

Heavy thinking NFL offensive schemes in the SEC  are a step backwards for that proud conference.  PS schemes dont always work (see above), but they dont need nearly the execution to work as do the NFL schemes and have a far greater chance for success.

~Drew

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s