Combining Tom Osborne’s Nebraska offense with Chip Kelly’s Oregon offense? The stuff dreams are made of

Our system [at Oregon] isn’t necessarily unique. I always compare it with what Nebraska used to run, the option, when I was there. When I was in school, a lot of teams tried to run some of the option stuff we ran, just like a lot of people try to run what Oregon runs. It’s not any kind of fancy scheme that nobody else understands or knows about. It’s just the system. What we do is run a complete system. It has answers for everything a defense can throw at us. I think when you just try to run a piece or two of a system, and you don’t have the complete thing, it’s hard to get really good at it. It’s hard to have answers when people have answers for what you’re doing. That’s really the beauty of what Chip does. We’re 100 percent sold out to do what we do. We’re really good at it, and we know all the adjustments no matter what’s going on with the defense.”

. . . “The big thing is this: It helps greatly when an offense has a definite mentality to it. It helps greatly when you have a defined personality and set of standards. When I was at Nebraska, our calling card was we were a tough, physical team. Everybody knew it. We knew it. We were proud of it. We embodied it. We embraced it. We loved the fact that we were going to try to completely beat up a defense. Nobody wanted to play us because of the physical nature of our team.

At Oregon, to a man, everybody on our team has bought into the fact that we’re going to play fast, we’re going to wear you out, and we’re going to attack you. There’s absolutely no hesitation. I think when you have that kind of personality as a unit, offense or defense, and everybody knows the common goal and mission, then I think it’s really easy to get everybody on the same page and be successful. When people don’t know exactly what they want to do, they struggle.

. . . “I’ve actually been going to work trying to restudy what we used to do at Nebraska. . . . [W]hat we ran at Nebraska in a lot of ways is very similar to what Oregon runs right now — we’re just out of the shotgun versus under center. But a lot of the concepts of the option game are the same. . . . I would love to see somebody go back to doing what Nebraska used to do. Maybe the Huskers are going to do that this year. Personally, I’d love to someday mix a lot of the concepts that Oregon runs with some of the aspects Nebraska used to run. . . . The one thing I wish we could do at Oregon is be a little more physical. I don’t think that’s a secret. I think everybody on our staff wishes we could be a little more physical on offense. That’s what Nebraska’s calling card was. If we could play fast and physical, I don’t think there’s anybody in the country who could stop us.”

That’s former Husker quarterback and current Oregon assistant (and future offensive coordinator and head coach), Scott Frost. Read the whole interview here.

  • That’s actually rather frightening.

    It might take a commitment to rotate more personnel through on the offensive end, like those NCAA tournament teams that have 11 players averaging more than 15 minutes each. 

  • Caseyb03

    Apparently hasn’t seen auburn. Fast.physical.

  • BML

    What would you call the identity of, say, last year’s Green Bay Packers offense?

  • I totally agree with what Frost is saying here. You play teams that run bits and pieces of stuff: Tony Franklin + Flexbone + whatever = a real mess. As a defensive coordinator, THAT’S the stuff dreams are made of…an offense that has no identity and is not good at anything they do. 

    He had a really interesting point in the last paragraph about people running Nebraska’s old stuff. As defenses get faster and more “athletic,” offenses will start being more “physical.”

  • Josh Paddock

    “You play teams that run bits and pieces of stuff: Tony Franklin + Flexbone + whatever = a real mess”

    Exactly. So many high school coaches get in trouble because they see a team be successful with “x” offense and then try to implement it the next week. I always tell coaches that running the spread takes a lot more than coming out in the gun with 4 or 5 wide.

  • Incomingplastic

    Funny thing is Scott was a punk that cried in the past.

  • Anonymous

    You are obviously a sour Michigan fan who hasn’t moved on.

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  • Patrick Obrien

    B S