Breaking down Boise: How the Broncos use leverage, numbers and grass to gash the opposition

[Ed. Note: The following article was written by my friend Mike Kuchar, who, when not writing incredibly informative articles, is the defensive coordinator at North Brunswick Township High School in New Jersey.]

It’s no secret that Boise State knows how to move the football — its 42 points per game last season led the nation — but it’s exactly how Boise moves the ball that makes them unique.  I became privy to this information when I spent a week with the Virginia Tech coaching staff back in early April as they prepared for their opener against the Broncos, a September 6 bout at Fed Ex field pitting two top ten teams against each other.  Indeed, the mere fact that Va Tech’s staff was breaking film down more than five months before gameday tells you something profound about how much respect Boise head coach Chris Petersen’s offense commands. I sat with Virginia Tech defensive backs coach Torrian Gray and defensive graduate assistant Steve Canter (who has since become Norfolk State’s QB coach) as they scouted Boise State’s games against Tulsa, Nevada, Fresno State and finally TCU last season.  Canter was given the important but not-so-glamorous task of charting every snap that Boise took on offense last year.  And after just a few minutes of watching tape with them my head began to spin, but Canter couldn’t spare to take his eyes off the screen.

To me, every play seemed like an entirely different scenario — a tiny but perfect little strategic masterpieces carved out by Petersen and his offensive staff for that situation alone.  While I struggled just to follow the ball (apparently the filmer in the press box had the same problem, as the camera often got faked out along with the defensive end or safety Petersen targeted) Canter diligently worked his craft, jotting each down and distance, all the personnel used, every formation, any motion and play. It’s a process he’s engrossed himself in as a former head coach himself: he mentored Vikings receiver Percy Harvin at nearby Landsdown High School (Virginia) and won a state championship in 2004. He’s earned the respect of defensive coordinator Bud Foster, one of the best defensive minds in the game. “[Boise] tr[ies] to do a ton of different things, but there has to be a reason for what they are doing,” said Canter.

Five months and a dozen scratch pads later, I’m not sure that the Hokies have Boise all figured out yet, but knowing Foster, they’ve certainly gotten some insight on them.  I took all the information from that visit and — mainly out of curiosity for my own purposes as a coach to see how a great offense works and how a great defense might prepare — to thoroughly study what Boise State does on the offensive side of the ball.  Once the studying was complete, I compiled a detailed and definitive report on what makes Boise, well…Boise. And more importantly, what the Hokies must do to win.

Personnel

“Maximizing personnel,” one of those football buzzwords that sounds like it was invented by Peter Drucker, is nevertheless essential to making an offense dynamic — and arguably nobody in the college game knows how to do it better than Petersen.  He learned it from his days working as the offensive coordinator under previous head coach Dan Hawkins where his direction thrust little known talents RB Ian Johnson and QB Jared Zabransky onto the college football landscape in 2006. [Ed. Note: Petersen also credits former Southern Cal head coach and longtime NFL offensive coordinator Paul Hackett for his football development, along with the time he spent under Mike Bellotti at Oregon where he worked alongside Dirk Koetter and Jeff Tedford.] Boise doesn’t always have the Tarzan’s on film — they don’t bang heads with the Oklahomas and Floridas in the recruiting wars — but they don’t need to.  Petersen is schooled in the art of allocation: he wants to best utilize the talent he has.  For example, five-foot-nine senior running back James Avery, rushed for 1,151 yards last season for the Broncos.  He’s not the fastest, but he’s elusive with an explosive burst. “He’s not the fastest guy in the world, you rarely see him get long runs” said Virginia Tech’s Gray.  “But like most Boise backs he has terrific start and stop skills; he can change direction quickly and he knows how to read blocks.”

Chris Petersen: smart guy, smart slacks

Avery is a patient, zone style back who looks for creases in defensive fronts. His skills are modeled after guys like Ian Johnson who had a stellar career running the same zone type runs.  Of course, it helps when those blocks are created by an offensive line that only surrendered five sacks last season.  And that success against the pass rush must be attributed to their knowing their protection assignments when picking up various blitz packages that teams throw at them at a weekly basis. In the Fiesta Bowl last season, TCU appeared to be in dial-a-blitz mode for most of the first half but still couldn’t get to Boise quarterback Kellen Moore, before largely giving up that approach as Moore never got flustered.  He knew where the weakness in his protection were and found a way to escape at the right times to avoid losses.

Moore is another anomaly: not scary on paper, frightening on film. Despite being barely six-feet tall, he has tremendous presence in the pocket.  He knows exactly where to escape when the pocket collapses and often finds receivers downfield simply because the defensive backs got tired of covering.  He’s quick and decisive with the ball — he threw only three interceptions in 431 attempts last season. His career completion percentage has been in the mid 60%s, he finished seventh in Heisman voting and was the WAC offensive player of the year.  His main target, senior Austin Pettis, had 63 catches from virtually every spot on the field: flanker, slot, split end and even out of the backfield; Petersen loves moving his chess pieces around.  Referring to Pettis, Virginia Tech’s Gray said: “He’s their tallest guy at 6-3 and they move him around a ton,” adding, “In the red zone, he’s lethal.”  Indeed, Pettis had 14 touchdowns last season, mainly on bootleg schemes — a Boise favorite in that part of the field.

Schemes

Boise State’s linebacker coach, Jeff Choate, once told me at coaching clinic two years back, “We run plays, we don’t have an offense.  It makes it difficult to defend.”  At that time he was working with the running backs.  Before this project, I wondered how an offense can’t be a system.  Coordinators pride themselves on establishing identities: “It’s what we do” is a common mantra among the coaching profession.  Urban Meyer at Florida has his spread option, Chip Kelly at Oregon has his QB run game, Steve Sarkasian at Washington has his pro-style offense that he developed at USC. Well, apparently Boise was the Seinfeld of college football — their lack of identity is their identity.  Although I may not have understood it then, the method behind this apparent lack of cohesion became much clearer to me after hours of study.

Boise specializes in getting defenses out of position to make plays by utilizing the three major essentials in offensive football:  numbers, leverage and grass.  “Numbers” means outnumbering the defense at the point of attack — i.e. more blockers than defenders on the edge, more receivers than zone defenders, etc.  “Leverage” refers to out-flanking a defense at the point of attack — i.e. you may not have numbers but the angles are on your side.  “Grass” harkens to Willie Keeler’s baseball adage, “hit ‘em where they ain’t.”  Run the ball where there are the fewest defenders.  As it turned out, Choate was right: Boise spends more time on distracting you then developing themselves.  But don’t get confused: the point is that although the Broncos have the talent to be one of the best teams in the country and could simply overrun certain opponents, their modus operandi is to be patient and to take what the defense gives them — a true reflection of Petersen, their coach.  The quintessential underdog philosophy, they wear you down by picking at four and five yard gains until they pop a big one.   Watching them on film, it’s never surprising they score, but to a football junkie, the methodology of how they score is a work of art.  Basically, Boise uses three distinct ways to score: (1) pre-snap leverage by the use of formation, (2) post-snap misdirection and (3) calling the unexpected — the dagger after lulling you to sleep.

1. Pre-Snap Leverage

Boise moves before almost every snap.  In the four games I broke down there were only seven plays (out of 162) that someone didn’t motion, trade or shift their alignment.  It’s not surprising that of those seven plays, their net yardage was a mere twenty-four.  They are comfortable moving.  Choate calls it “a show game to the defense,” meaning that there may be no distinct reasoning behind their shifting at all. [Ed. Note: I’m reminded of the old coaching saw, “Motion causes emotion.”] But after studying each play that corresponds with it, its apparent there is a method.  The Broncos are naturally a 12 personnel team, which means they play with one tailback (Avery) and two monstrously large tight-ends who are monstrous — Tommy Gallarda at 6-5 and Kyle Efaw at 6-4.  Having two tight ends in the game at the same time, especially with that kind of size, provides for excellent blocking surfaces.   Even Boise’s fullback, Dan Paul 6-0 and 240 lbs. will line up at the tight end spot from time to time.  One of their favorite schemes is to line up in a pro wing formation on one side of the formation (Diagram 1) and quickly shift to the opposite side of the formation (Diagram  2).  Efaw will start in the fullback spot and move to a wing alignment as Paul moves from a wing alignment to the fullback spot, his natural position.  While it may seem elementary to the normal football watcher, what Petersen is doing is intricately planned.  He is overloading one side of the formation with a tight end plus wing set, thus creating an extra gap to the strong side of the formation that the defense must worry about.  With the addition of a fullback who can be moved anywhere in the front, another gap is created and has to be defended, often too quickly for the defense to adjust to adjust to it.  By the time the ball is snapped, Petersen has created a defensive dilemma, too many gaps to cover in too little time, and he is able to run his base run schemes, like the Power O (Diagram 3) by gaining a numbers advantage in the tackle box.

A couple plays later, as he did against Nevada last season, Petersen will line up Gallarda in a traditional I formation set with two tight-ends, and, as Moore gets under center, as shown in Diagram 6.  While most opponents may expect another strong side run scheme and rotate their coverage and bump their front to the strong side, Petersen will run his inside zone scheme and watch Avery cut it back weak where there are voided lanes in the defense (Diagram 6). [Ed Note: For space constraints there are no diagrams 4 or 5.]

It’s a scheme Boise expects because of how defenses adjust to their motion.  It’s a called scheme, not a spontaneous cut by Avery.  Avery knows he’s going there pre-snap.  Petersen and offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin make their adjustments from the sideline after seeing how a defense reacts to their movement.  “The way their offense is designed, there are plenty of schemes to cut the ball back,” said Gray.  “When you have a back that is patient, and can change directions quickly, it works.”

A cornerstone staple of the Broncos offense is to overload formations: they will line up in a traditionally 3×1 trips set (Diagram 7) which already puts a tremendous amount of horizontal stress on defenses.  But Petersen will take it one step further, often motioning out Avery (Diagram 8 ) to get into a 4×1 formation which gives him two options.  If the defense overloads the coverage by cheating one of the safeties to the four side set, Moore will often bang the slant (throw it right away) or comeback route to the split end (Diagram 9) — against Tulsa last year he hit two of them.

Then when teams start to stay in a two deep rotation as Nevada did three weeks later, it frees the middle of the field up for a potential seam route by one of the strong side receivers (Diagram 10).

Instead of motioning to empty, Boise will also start in empty and motion Avery back into the backfield (Diagram 11).  The main idea here is for Petersen to see what defenses empty adjustment is. Most teams have only one, and usually it is man coverage.

If he gets what he wants, he’ll run the jailbreak screen to Avery (Diagram 12).  If everyone handles their blocking assignment, it’s usually Avery in a one on one situation with the defender assigned to cover him.  It’s a win/win situation.  “Jailbreak is such a scary play,” said Gray.  “Once you realize it, the linemen get on you and they hit that thing in the alley and you have problems.”

2. Post-Snap Misdirection

If all of the shifting, motioning and trading doesn’t get a defense where they want it, Petersen and his staff will wait to the snap of the ball to undress them.  Like most offenses, Boise packages their plays, which means they may have two particular options on any given play.   Case in point is Boise’s tight trips formation (Diagram 13) where they will overload the field with three receivers while keeping Gallarda, the tight end, away.  Since most defenses declare their strength to the tight side, they may have some players playing out of position on the trips side.  The “stressed” defensive player in this set is the trips side alley player, usually an outside linebacker.   If Petersen sees that that innermost receiver to the trips has a leverage advantage on him, Moore will just take the snap out of gun and throw a bubble screen to him (Diagram 14).   However, if that alley player starts to cheat his alignment to the trips side, it means that the offense has a number’s advantage to the tight side in which case Harsin may call some sort of speed option (usually to the boundary as it did against Nevada) picking up six yards a clip (Diagram 15) while the slot still gives the illusion of a bubble screen forcing the backer outside and away from the play.  Either way, the Broncos have the advantage.

Over the four games I watched, I also a lot of unbalanced formations where the tight end and flanker were both on the line of scrimmage while the X receiver, usually junior Titus Young, off it.  They’ll run some form of fast flow jet sweep to Young (Diagram 16).  

Young isn’t your prototypical running back, but he doesn’t need to be. Petersen just wants to set up the defense. Regardless of the yardage gained on the play, all he looks for is how the defense reacts.  Once the defense rolls its coverage to the side of the jet sweep, as TCU did in the Fiesta Bowl, Petersen will run the jet sweep pass off of that action.  Kellen Moore fakes the handoff to Young, and throws a post/wheel combination with the Z and the fullback (Diagram 17).  He hit it for 19 yards against the Horned Frogs to set up Boise’s initial score.

3. Bold, Calculated Risks

Sure, offensive coordinators give lip service about taking shots, but most play it close to the vest during crunch time.  Not Petersen and the Bronco staff. They’ll pull the trigger with any play at any time and are willing to live with the consequences — though most have been quite positive. We all remember the stunts he pulled against Oklahoma to win the Fiesta Bowl in 2008. Yet Petersen managed to do it again against TCU when his punter Kyle Brotzman tossed a 29 yard completion on fourth down. Besides his already non-conformist approach to offense — like lining up in unbalanced sets and running to the short side of the field — Petersen takes specific risks at various stages in the games.  Their first possession of the TCU game reflected this. Insider their own twenty yard-line, where most teams don’t like to take chances, Boise State threw three pass plays in a row.  The Horned Frogs were playing quarters coverage, a scheme deficient against double post routes.  So, Petersen and his staff wasted no time in trying to expose them by lining up in tight spread sets and trying to get over the top.  Because of their athleticism on defense, TCU kept up, but Boise managed to convert a few of those double posts later on in the game.

Even when facing a third and seven and beating Nevada in third quarter by six and in scoring position inside the forty yard line, Petersen easily could’ve tried to convert a quick slant to move the chains.  Instead, he opted for an outside zone play — into the boundary side of the field.  Petersen saw that Nevada’s defense was playing a soft cover two zone anticipating the throw (who wouldn’t be) and he took what they gave him.  The play only yielded six yards.  Didn’t matter.  They picked up the first down on a QB sneak the very next play. It’s that free-spirited, offensive creativity that makes the Boise offense amazing to watch — and so difficult to defend.  “It’s truly a beautiful offense.  You watch every game in awe,” said Gray.  “They throw screens, they throw underneath high percentage passes, they throw hot (right away) to outside pressure and they max protect when they need to.  Seeing what you are in defensively, you’re up against the clock on defense.”

How to Stop Them

Gray and the rest of the Hokies staff are done with preparations for their nationally televised game against the Broncos on September 6th. Now the game must be played. Boise has won fourteen straight games and have their best ranking in their history. Moreover, essentially the entire offense, including Kellen Moore, returns, and there is even talk of a National Title. If Virginia Tech wants to thwart that dream in week one — or to have any shot themselves (the Hokies are ranked in the top ten as well) — they will need to do some very specific things:

  1. Pressure Moore: TCU was the only team to do all season last year.  Although they couldn’t get to him, they pressured him into plenty of incompletions- his 58 percent completion percentage in the Fiesta Bowl was ten percentage points lower than his average.  Moore is lethal when he’s in his comfort zone, so the Hokies need to change up their blitz packages.  Va Tech has the athletes to cover, so on third downs expect them to lock up in man situations and bring six defenders at Moore.
  2. Come up with simple adjustments to their motion package: No matter how you slice it, Boise will come out with one of four types of formations, each based on eligible receivers:  2×2 (four wides, three wides and a tight-end, two wides and two tightends, etc), 3×1 (trips), 3×2 (no backs), and unbalanced sets.  After studying Boise’s film, I noticed that only their fullbacks and tight ends shift and motion on each play, which limits the teaching (for the offense) to just focusing on those players. But it also helps the defense in their preparation. Virginia Tech must have an answer for each of those formations and rep against them continually in practice.  Petersen must continually shift and motion until he gets you in what he wants.  The Hokies must communicate their adjustments and get set before the ball is snapped.
  3. Die Slowly: It sounds pessimistic, but is essentially what the Hokies must go by to succeed against BSU:  let Boise work for their yards; don’t give up the big play; and don’t get caught up in all the misdirection post-snap.  Va Tech needs to be disciplined, read their keys and not get caught up in the “show game” that Boise State presents.  Make them earn it. (And hope Tyrod Taylor has a big day!)

  • http://www.shakinthesouthland.com DrB

    Good stuff, I was thinking of recording the BSU-VT game just to figure out what Boise State really does and how VT reacts to it.

  • JP

    Im NOT a coach, but a fan. With all this movement I can see why a 3-4 is becoming popular. Players standing up can see more and move into different positions prior to the snap and after the snap.

    Love this site!

  • Kevin

    Can anyone share how Boise calls all their shifts, motions, and formations?
    Great post. Love the insight.

  • Lucas

    Wonderful work!

  • Don Jones

    Very good work Coach thank you.

  • http://www.spreadoffense.com Spread Offense

    Nice article! watching the game right now (17-0 Boise State over Va Tech early 2nd half)… looks like Boise State has a football factory, really a great story.

  • Mike W.

    Great article.

    Watching the game right now, I love how Boise likes to show one thing and do the opposite, i.e., show 22 personnel and run play action. Same idea as showing an empty set and then shifting back into a 3×1 or 2×2 to get a run or a screen. Simple surprises are always the most effective (as opposed to reverses that take forever and a day to develop).

  • http://www.arjun-allthingssports.blogspot.com Arjun Chandrasekhar

    Great stuff. I always knew Boise State’s offense was really intricate and creative…but wow…this is really insightful and a must-read for any football junkie.

    I hate when people say that boise is a gimmick team – as you said, they simply take calculated risks that most other teams would never have the balls to do. just because it’s creative doesn’t mean it doesn’t have just as much (if not more) merit than a conventional play. I would compare what they do to what the New Orleans Saints do in using a myriad of formations and shifts to expose and exploit specific weaknesses in the defense – and I don’t hear anyone questioning the saints super bowl victory or dismissing them as a gimmick team!

    anyways awesome material, this is so much more insightful than the bullshit spewed by ESPN’s “analysts”

    by the way everyone make sure to check out http://www.arjun-allthingssports.blogspot.com when you’re done here! I just posted my own thoughts on boise state’s epic victory

  • Topher

    “I hate when people say that boise is a gimmick team”

    I think Boise’s rep as a gimmick team comes from the trick plays in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. What people don’t seem to realize is that Boise was up 28-10 after about 50 minutes of playing straight-up. People who didn’t watch the game and only saw the 30-second highlight package think BSU is all about trickery.

    These are the same people who thought Arkansas’ Wildcat was some kind of “gimmick”…it presented some matchup problems for defenses, but giving the ball to your best runner is hardly a trick play. Today’s “Wildcat” used to be the standard mode of football!

    Boise State’s gig is pretty sophisticated, what makes it interesting to me is how much of it is determined before the snap, trying to catch the defense in a mismatch and attack it instead of hoping you called the right play in the huddle.

  • Zach

    Everyone keeps forgetting that the forward pass used to be a trick play.

  • Mr.Murder

    You need really flexible edge defenders who can swap assignments to trade off gaps or coverage underneath. That would have to include an ability to flare defensive tackles out to what is essentially a four technique at times so the linebacker on a switch can scrape over that gap trailing the motion clear.

    TCU was probably in best shape to play coverage with the 3-3-5 being able to spoke DB out on the slot man and maintain some sense of leverage on forcing the alley. Seemed like Tech tried to use its share of that in the game, with all their new faces on defense it was not an easy task. Boise was taking as much time on some passes for the shallow cross as they would a stretch play and you couldn’t get a true feel for what was going on along the line if you were keying traditional elements of the attack point, etc.

  • shah8

    One thing…

    I think that this type of thing probably don’t work well if Boise St played in a conference with reasonably near peers. If all you show on screen are mostly successful plays against not so great teams, it gets hard to figure out what your real stress points are. For example, it got pretty clear late in the season last year that the best way to stop GT is a good rushing offense that takes away TOP and Last Possession weapons that GT’s offense produces.

  • Mr.Murder

    Matching count to call could be pretty important, something they certainly buck in terms of trending if it appears a team is onto it. It may clue you to play selection if they match audibles to cadence.

    More importantly, the splits(linemen and wideouts). Especially linemen when they end up running it. One would think they always line up the backside tackle and tight end wide to isolate an end away from being counted in box numbers so they maintain numbers leverage.
    Suddenly the h back comes over and can cover those wider gaps like a sniffer or extend force even further. Additionally the front side tackle was in a base stance and suddenly is closer for pulling from the backside on a dart or trey look.

  • http://www.arjun-allthingssports.blogspot.com Arjun Chandrasekhar

    absolutely – actually that was the season that ian johnson scored like a billion touchdowns and they ran more than they passed.

    and yeah TCU’s scheme was probably best suited to defend boise’s attack because of its speed and flexibility (though it would be hard for other teams to pull it off without studs like jerry hughes and darryl washington). you need versatile players (especially front seven guys that can cover) so that you can deal with all the shifts and minimize the amount of mismatches they force. Against less sophisticated teams you just need specialists who can line up and take away something specific, but against boise I think TCU was the best-prepared team.

  • Dab

    good stuff man, was a great game.

  • XXX

    might be an odd strategy, but it seems to me that the best way to defend a shotgun snap and a 5 wide offense would actually be to put only 2, 1 or no defenders in the box. The only player that actually can benefit from that is the QB, and I’ll take my chances that a DE in a 7 or 9 technique can get to the QB quicker than the QB can get to the LOS, especially given that the QB can’t be moving forward at the snap. Put two guys at the edge, pin their ears back and send them into the backfield like a rocket. There are really only a three plays that can be run from that formation; pass, QB keeper or shovel pass. Only the keeper would be tough to defend. That in turn gives the defense 9, 10 or 11 men on 5, which is more than enough to create some very exotic coverage DB and LB schemes.

    There obviously are ways for any offense to adjust to that front, but just like the rules of golf can help a golfer, the rules of football can help the defense. The lineman would pretty much have to block air since they can’t go down field unless the pass is behind the LOS. I’m not saying the offense cannot adjust, but I guarantee you it will take some timeouts and some time to adjust.

  • Josiah

    It’s an interesting gambit, but unrealistic by reason of personnel. With their (underappreciated) physical offensive line, beating a defensive formation such as the one you suggest would be a simple matter of audibling. Boise could easily line up in a 5-wide shotgun, and then audible into a single back set, or even an I, utilizing a TE as an H-back. You couldn’t get your big run-stopping DT’s onto the field quickly enough, and they would be free to pound the ball up the gut all day. You just flat out would not have the muscle on the field to equal theirs.

  • Coach H

    Met Coach Peterson and heard him talk at this year’s AFCA convention. Very nice guy as well as intelligent and well spoken.

  • Daniel Tyler

    Not exactly sure where to post this, so I decided this one because its the most recent post.

    Can any one tell me what exactly Nebraska is doing on offense? its like some new hybrid, we might see it have more success than the Urban Meyer offense. I mean I see spread, option, sometimes hes (Martinez) is in pistol formation 4 yards back and the back 3 yards behind him, sometimes hes lined up 5 yards back with the runningback 2 yards, is that still considered pistol? Whatever the heck they are doing it is working, Martinez is averaging an amazing 13 yards per carry with Burkhead and Roy Helu averaging close to 10 yards per carry.

    Is there anyone more knowledgeable that can actually break down this offense? Is this the future of spread option?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6k71WGKNA8

    Look at that, I mean they didn’t play top teams, but it looks like that offense is going to give defenses fits, I am no expert though. Are they really doing something THAT different though? Should we consider this a new offense or just something that is slightly tweaked?

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  • Charlie

    Great Article. All the BSU haters need to stop and give them credit for being a great team…thats it! As good as they are on offense, they have also proven to be great on defense as well. Its not BSU’s fault they are in a conference that doesn’t get an “automatic bid”, or that when they try to schedule traditionally tougher teams that no one will play them (they all run away….look at the Utes cancelling their 3 year schedule with BSU).

  • kale

    The problem is that Boise plays fodder most of the year while LSU, Auburn, Arkansas, Ohio State, etc…play tough teams….

    Boise may be good…but they do not play a championship level season.

  • mike

    You must be right. I see where Sagarin has updated Ohio State’s SOS from 177th to 81st. Yeah, that is championship level football…

  • Mr Shluffy

    Kevin, a simple way to call a motion is to assign a certain tag to motion for a specific player. You call the formation that you will end up in, and add the tag of motion to whatever player will be coming in motion. So if the player that the motion tag is assigned to hears it, he knows he starts out on the other side of the formation from which the formation is called, and comes into motion to the formation call side. For example, at my high school we had ‘zip’ for when the Z receiver was in motion, ‘flop’ for the TE being in motion, ‘flow’ for the Fullback to be in motion, etc. So as an example, lets say we come out in a pro set with the tight end on the left, that formation being ‘Lion’. But we want to motion him to the right, then we would call the formation the TE ends up in, being ‘Ram’, so then the play call for example could be ‘Ram Flop 2 wham’. The tight end hears the flop call, so he starts out in ‘lion’ and motions to ‘ram’

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  • Mr.Murder

    Oregon actually copies a lot of Boise’s stuff in its spread. They pair one of those zone option reads with a screen series that is predicated on the coverage set. They run when the front does nopt fit and pass whent he cover doesn’t.

    Watch vs. Auburn, the team was consistent in passing screens or clearing a short out to the three wide side consistent with Auburn having press/man or staggered coverage. Seems like the actual key is the nearest DB at safety depth.

  • Drew

    I wouldn’t say Oregon copies Boise State but I would say their philosophies were created in the same environment. Coach Pete was an assistant for 6 years at Oregon under Mike Bellotti. Bellotti helped provide a basis for both of these systems currently utilized at Boise and Oregon.

  • Sc80dawg

    Easy solution is to just blow their asses away on the lines and don’t try to out smart/think them.  Don’t let them develop any play past 1.5 sec.  Force their players out of their passing/blocking routes.   Knock the pulling guard on his ass before he gets out front.   Don’t let them “take what the defense gives them”.  Give them NOTHING.  DO NOT adjust the defense to their  initial or second scheme.  Let them try to figure out what the defense is planning.  What would happen if their QB/coaches look to see how the defense adjusts to the offensive setup & NO adjustments are MADE.   They would not know what to do.  Don’t tip the hat.  Make them deal with a freight train coming at them with a brick wall behind it.  Make them realize we are bringing a defensive scheme they must deal with and NOT that they are bringing an offense the defense must observe & adjust to each play.   Take the SEC game to their asses and don”t let up until the clock says zero.   Hate to say it, but UGA does not have the players to  analyze/adjust every play and still play with instinct.  UGA will be playin on their heels if they try.  And unless something changed, direction from the sideline does not come fast enough.   Players have been scrambling to realign after getting a coach signal and been out of position way to often.    Let the players react to what happens “after the snap”.   Don’t ask them to try to analyze the set-up & “plan to act” based on what they expect/assume is gonna happen.   THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT BSU DEPENDS UPON TO MAKE THEIR SCHEME WORK.   Some teams you can “forecast” your  actions & be right most of the time.   With BSU, you likely will be WRONG more than right.  And AGAIN BSU DEPENDS ON IT!

    JUST DON’T TIP YOUR HAT DEFENSIVELY & BLOW THEIR ASSES OFF THE FIELD.  I MEAN LITERALLY!   1-2 BSU GUYS OUT WITH CONCUSSIONS, 2 MORE WALKING WOUNDED,  A QB WITH HIS HEAD SPINNING AFTER BEING PUT ON HIS ASS AFRAID OF THE NEXT HIT RUINING HIS CAREER. ACCOMPLISH THIS IN THE 1ST QUARTER.   BY THE SECOND QUARTER,  HAVE 1/2 THEIR TEAM LESS THAN ANXIOUS (I.E. AFRAID) TO “GO BACK ON THE FIELD.  

    THAT IS WHAT THE BSUs SHOULD RECEIVE AND UNDERSTAND ABOUT PLAYING THE SEC.  

  • BuLL dawg

    Jeez Louise.

    Boise State has played 31 games vs the BCS 6 Conferences.

    Won 8.

    Scout.com last 5 years recruit rankings # 69 average

    Top 100 recruits last 5 years : NONE

    5-Star or 4-Star Recruits on roster for UGA 9/3 total : one Kellen Moore 2007 4-Star

    NFL players 15

    Of their 12 regular season games this up-coming 2011 season, 10 are against teams Rivals ranks the # 81 opponent every single week, except for TCU and UGA.

    Oh, wow, let’s discuss how their offense works.

    Can we talk about all 31 games Boise State has actually played against the 6 actual BCS Conferences and 23 Losses ?

    No.

    Just that the NFL doesn’t know what they are missing not drafting these 14-0 Boise State players.

    Just that Rivals has no clue how poor the opponents in fact are Boise State plays in all but 2 games 2011.

    Just that Scout.com is biased in favor of the 6 BCS Conferences as to why Boise States averages the # 69 recruiting class from Scout.com over all 5 of the last 5 years including this season.

    How Boise State beat Virginia Tech, who the next week lost to James Madison by more points than Boise State beat them by, playing in the All Cupcake Conference.

    Or, Choke-la-home.

    31 games Boise State has played vs 6 BCS Conferences.

    8 wins.

    Can we stick to the point, please gentlemen ?

    They bragged last time too what they would do vs UGA.  Their QB then was 12-1 before he faced us.  Their QB then the year after he faced us was 14-0.  But, we won by 5 TD.

    Boise State.

    Tired of hearing about it.

    Let them win the games they do play vs the 6 BCS Conferences and then talk.  Sound fair ?

  • BuLL dawg

    Oregon beat 1 team all season long who ended up in the AP Poll Top 25.

    Boise State is lucky if they finish any season with an equal record to that.

    This is where the 2 teams are equal.

    Watch vs Auburn ?

    What I saw when I watched SEC Auburn, was a team who finished the year having won 7 games over teams who finished in the AP Poll Top 25.

    Oregon and Boise State would neither ever finish any season with that type of record, were they to in fact play it.

    But, both Oregon and Boise State are both headed for NCAA PROBATION.  That and their cupcake schedule of beating no one, are what they in fact have in common.

  • BuLL dawg

    Sc80dawg,

    Exactly.

    All this offensive and defensive junk and discussion of adjustments, when in fact Boise State has 10 games against cupcakes and then the TCU and UGA game, only.

    If Boise State were so good, either Rivals would rank their opponents in these other 10 games not # 81 every week this season…

    or the NFL would have more than 15 Boise State players.

    or Scout.com would rank their recruiting classes better than # 69 the last 5 years.

    Say about what ?  # 65 instead.

    Let’s get over Virginia Tech who lost by several more points to James Madison after Boise State beat them, the very next week and Choke-la-homa who never wins bowl games like the entire Big XII never does – now defunct, and get the discussion more to the total of 31 games Boise State has played vs the 6 BCS Conferences with a grand total of 8 wins.

    0-4 vs The SEC.

    UGA handles Boise State by 2 TD 32-18.  No talent at Boise State, and no experience beating any really truly good team, ever.  Not once.  Oregon what a joke.

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  • Halconen

    But and you install this in three days?

  • http://twitter.com/jjate Josh Pattillo

    I can’t wait to see what this is going to look like in THE SWAMP!! Go Gators!!!!!

  • DarthProphet

    LOL I want you all to remember the loving care I provided the day after you help repair and prepare you for the next inevitable loss that followed . chin up dawg fans this might be your year.