Smart Links – 9/16/2011

Alligator Army on Tennessee’s passing game. I hope to break down UT’s offense at some point, but OC Jim Chaney has done a nice job evolving his old Purdue offense and combining it with NFL concepts and sets from his time in that league. Bray threw touchdown passes on the 3-step fade/out combo, double post, smash with a divide post route backside, and then just a busted coverage pass.

The 4-3 “Lightning” Cover Zero.

Runningback Balance Touch Drill.

Klosterman on small-school offensive wrinkles. I enjoyed this, but I have a hard time forgiving him for the use of Gregg Easterbrook’s inapt “Blur Offense” moniker for Oregon.

Why Noel Mazzone?

When will Ray Lewis slow down? Uh, maybe never, it seems like. I’m beginning to think he’s a Highlander.

Chase Stuart likes the Bills (to an extent) but isn’t so keen on the Chiefs. I tend to agree.

World’s worst analogies.

  • Aaron B.

    Gregg Easterbrook brought up the “Blur” again this week when talking about New England’s use of no-huddle on Monday. o_O

  • Aaron B.

    And apparently Klosterman thinks that it was not Emory Ballard who created the Wishbone?

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Easterbrook is really bad sometimes. I think a couple of the errors in
    the Klosterman piece (which I did enjoy a good deal) were attributable
    to reliance on some old Easterbrook columns that were mentioned.

  • Austin

    I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but how does the Air Raid/”The System”/Blur offense usually handle holding a lead late in a game. Last week Louisiana Tech was up big on Houston in the 4th quarter. One of the reasons they were able to come back and win was that our offense is tied to getting the snap off quickly.
    Tech fans have had some debate over what should have been done in that situation. It seems logical that since the effectiveness of the offense is at least partly due to not letting the defense rest/set up/sub you stand a better chance of making first downs when you just keep running things as usual (and first downs are obviously a good way to kill the clock). But there are quite a few who think the clock was completely mismanaged. Their argument is that even just taking a knee on every down we had in the 4th quarter would have kept Houston from having enough time to score three touchdowns.
    Dykes just dismissed the idea in his press conference with a generic “we’ll always play to win, never to not lose” comment, and mentioned “rhythm” but not the advantage or disadvantage of running the same play with 20 seconds left or 3 seconds left on the play clock.
    Obviously execution was the real problem either way, but since you can’t know that a fumble or poor pass is on its way, it seems to me that you’ve got to play the odds (in this case maintaining your fast pace).

    How do other teams usually handle protecting a lead? And how well have they been able to do it?

  • Anonymous

    I’m, tentatively, with Dykes — you get first downs. One of the problems is the college game’s completely arbitrary clock rules, where, depending on what point in the game it is, even incomplete passes and out of bounds plays keep the clock moving but first downs stop the clock. It’s one place where the pro game is simpler and better: out of bounds and incomplete passes stop the clock, and first downs don’t.

    I didn’t see the game, but was Dykes and Franklin getting off snaps with 20 seconds left in the playclock? If so, then yes, I think they should run the playclock down between plays. Other than that I generally think you just call your offense with that big of a lead with an eye to running the clock down.

    As a footnote, the Airraid and “The System” are not in any way the same offense as the so-called “Blur” offense, by which I assume you mean Oregon offense. No-huddle has been around a very long time; this Easterbrook article has caused much more confusion than it helped clarify.