Deconstructing: Oregon’s and Auburn’s offenses as spread revolution

My breakdown of Oregon’s and Auburn’s offenses in anticipation of tonight’s BCS title game is up over at Yahoo!. Check it out.

Also, hat tips and thanks to Brophy and the Offensive Breakdown site for some great info (especially to Brophy for the image on the power scheme). Check out great info from both sites on Malzahn’s offense here and here.

  • Gus

    Awesome stuff. Great article.

  • Perry

    Malzahn follows the same rule that I apply towards restaurants and many other things: do a few things and do them really well and you’ll be successful. this especially applies to college football, where you don’t have almost unlimited time to install new things like they do in the NFL.

  • paul

    Great article. Someone should send the last paragraph to the people in Ann Arbor.

  • Coryell15

    Excellent article Chris, and congratulations to the Auburn Tigers. You got the gap correct even if you underestimated the scoring. I was surprised at how rusty both teams looked.

  • Dui Attorney Pasadena

    Deconstructing: Oregon’s and Auburn’s offenses as spread revolution | Smart Football That is very good to know, you gave me something to consider on the way home from work.

  • Great article. Reading it one little nugget popped into my head. From Chip Kelly’s AFCA session on Oregon’s run game he says

    “This may sound like a contradiction, but we do not read anything. When you read you become uncertain. We want the ball in the running back’s hands. We do not want the quarterback carrying the ball. The option can put the ball in his hands, but the defense can force it out of his hands. We want the quarterback to give the ball unless he cannot. When you start to talk about a read players shoulders or jersey numbers you complicate the play.”

    It’s a subtle point but another element that allows them to execute fast – I know the first time I watched Kelly’s O my first thought was “how do they make the reads so quickly?” The answer they don’t – the QB gives the ball until it’s obvious he should keep it, or he gets a keeper call in the play – the read is transferred to the coaches.