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Like you say having a great offense and defense aren't mutually exclusive, but the reason you don't see high speed spread teams with defenses comparable to Bama, LSU etc is that those teams play ball control offense and limit the number of possessions and plays in the game. Of course a team like Oregon that scores so quickly is going to give up more yards (and generally more points) than Bama would even if their D was just as good. The same often happens in basketball, an accelerated pace skews defensive numbers.
Its much more valid to measure the defense in points per possession than to look at total yardage. Also keep in mind that when a team gets a huge lead they will face an inordinate number of passing attempts, as we did against Clemson and BC in 07. Those teams put up a lot of passing yards on us but they were not efficient in doing so.
I haven't mentioned the fact that a ball control offense gives your D more time to rest and that is certainly a factor as well, but IMO while the SEC does have the most elite defenses, their numbers are a little skewed. Its kind of a self fulfilling thing when so many teams in that conference play each other and both have good defenses and clock killing offenses; of course the defensive numbers are going to look good. That doesn't mean an uptempo spread coupled with a good defense can't be a recipe for success; look what Texas A&M did this year to Bama and the rest of their schedule.
First thought surprised there is not more talk about RGIII and Shanahan's offense
i guess they call it a pistol... but it really seems to get way more compliments than most pro offenses designed for mobile QBs
its year 1... and its getting better... we probably haven't seen adjustments.... and RGIII has taken one hit already that could have ended a career
guarantee any spread and or pistol formation guys will be talking this version up and putting their spin on it
alot of the same principles of GTs offense, but with a more capable passer, and perhaps less exposure to having the QB get knocked out
clearly VT has had a number of QBs that fit this type of offense to a T... but yet when Ravens were going to scout team, TT didn't get to lead the scout team they had a WR play QB
just food for thought...
secondly we're all pitching these Stanford like offenses these days, but one of the reasons we went to more a more passing oriented offense is because we saw what Bud can do with a loaded box and some trickeration zone calls etc.... not many teams can give Bud's D the half peace sign and laugh about it.... sure there are elite teams that can do it... they have the zone / man blocking manimals who are playing in the second level all day...
didn't see the rest of the stanford game, but they seemed to get shut down after the first couple of series
quite a few teams in the ACC even have the DB talent to shut down our WRs and stack the box
I guess what I'm asking is why are we now acting like there is no negative associated with a run first attack? Is it just our memories are that weak? We're somehow just that cocksure we're gonna "coach up" some manimals?
You gotta figure out what resources you have vis a vis the rest of your competition.
1. Mobile QB check
2. Elite WR talent (available but keeps passing on us)
3. Dominant OL (may be enough in a 6 hour drive window to stock with 4 star like talent... but it seems to spread itself out ... a couple to UVA, a couple to UNC, a couple to VT)
This is why all these guys get paid...probably not enough by the way...
Tx a&m is fun to watch. Bama & lsu not so much. I am hoping we get a spread guy. While I would be happy with Pep, I think we would have an easier time recruiting for the spread. Plus I find it more entertaining.
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