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I liked our spread when we had it, but I don't think I'll miss it. The reason is consistency and stability.
A lot has been said about weaknesses of the spread style, and I agree with a lot of it. I don't like the offense being tied so much to pace, rhythm, dual threat QBs, etc. I don't like putting the defense on the field so much. I don't like that they seem to NEED 80 plays to succeed. More than other offenses, they seem to be feast or famine, all or nothing. And all kinds of other things. There were advantages too, but those are the common drawbacks.
But I think the main reason for me is that with those offenses, you seem to be tied more to a PERSON than a stable, consistent offensive philosophy. Dana Holgerson, Chip Kelly, Mike Leach, Rich Rod, Gus, etc....a program almost seems to be at the mercy of that particular person a lot more when you're running THEIR unique system. It creates a fear factor of, "we have to pay this guy $1.3 million to keep him or our whole offense will crumble". Clemson is paying their guy $1.3 million as well, and on something like a 7 year contract....ridiculous.
I think the advantage of what we're going to now, or what Alabama or LSU or Georgia runs, is that those offenses are much more adaptable to changes as new coordinators come and go, as new QBs come and go, etc. Even if Loeffler becomes very successful and our offense flourishes the next 2 years...if he leaves to take a better job, I won't feel the anxiety we felt when losing Gus. We lost Gus, and we lost HIS whole system and philosophy. If Lefty leaves, it will be a much smoother transition to bring in the next guy to run something at least very similar, and philosophically, nearly identical.
I don't think Alabama will ever feel like they have to pay more than $500k to $750k to keep an offensive coordinator. They know they can go get another quality guy to come in and run something very similar if their current wants to leave to become a head coach. Or if the new hire isn't working out, you scrap him without having sacrificed your recruiting, or without having to recover from having lightened your lineman up to 275 lbs to run a particular scheme. The next guy comes in and all the tools are already there, no need to clean house.
Anyway, that's my thought on it. I don't like our offense being tied to a single man's system and having to fear that losing that "guru" will be so damaging. I like the stability a more traditional approach will bring.
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Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Nonperformance can always be explained away.
Would I rather have a W than an L? Of course.
I want the Defense that makes the opposing O line quit and say "You know what? The QB and RBs are back there, you can have em"
I want a DL that tears open and through holes depending on the play.
I want gang-tackling. I want the first man there controlling the ball carrier or decleating him. I want the second and third guys tearing at the ball like wild animals.
I want LBs that make the ball carrier change gap selection out of fear.
I want ball hawking DBs that, if they dont pick six, are knocking the ball 30yds from their swat. And when a receiver does catch the ball infront of them, they put him in the ground so hard he comes up with dirt in his facemask and quickly scrambles to replace the divet he made.
A power running game with homerun threats at tailback. A gunslinging QB with a cannon in reserve. Sure handed receivers that stand head and shoulders above their DB counterparts. Lastly a TE that carries a 20lb sledge tucked in his belt.
I dont think thats asking too much, do you?
This post was edited by Sparkja on 10/6/2012 at 12:52 PM
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