Sam was just a red shirt freshman and he had no clue what exactly he was getting himself into at OU, he just wanted to play ball and boy did he. He put up great numbers his freshman season and people were enticed by him, what exactly could he do with another year under his belt and he showed us, OU showed us. They showed us exactly what a team in complete unison could do. Sam spent endless hours with the Offensive Coordinator for the Sooners to perfect an offense that would be the best of its kind. Whatever he said he wanted, they kept and whatever he said he didn't want, was dropped. The end result, the most explosive offense that I've ever seen on either level of football and no, I'm not exaggerating one bit. That Offense showed the NFL what was possible with it at its fullest capacity and since, we've seen some NFL teams follow suit. The Offense that the Sooners set back then both gave the Sooners a lot of attention that year and earned Sam to be highly touted by NFL teams. What's my point of this long drawn out intro? Well, that's simple, why the hell has this not been initiated at the NFL level for this team? Some might say talent, others might say the defense should taken into consideration, but I say, lets explore it in this post, shall we?
Some might say that this Offense requires more experience and we just don't the personnel to pull off the offense, but that's not true. When Sam was at OU, he had 3 type of receivers and they were his deep threat, sure handed receivers, and shifty receivers. All of these players also had the ability to somewhat run after the catch once they had the ball in their hands, that's what this offense is predicated off of. Now, lets consider what the Rams have on their roster. They have their deep threat in Chris Givens. They have Austin Pettis who is as sure handed as they come and he can somewhat run after the catch. Tavon Austin is as shifty as they come and can make players miss in space. That's our starters right and they all fit the characteristics of players that can play in this offense. Hell, if Richardson can catch a bit better out of the backfield, it would be a direct resemblance. There is some fear that the players don't have the experience to do so, but that's not true either. Are forgetting that the Rams just draft two players (Austin and Stedman) who came from the Big 12 who are none for the no huddle offense and I'm sure Givens wouldn't have a problem it. We've been using shades of the no huddle for years, so all of these players should know what tempo and speed they should be at on the field.
The next question becomes how the defense will react and play to the no huddle, but I'm not suggesting we do it every play, I'm suggesting we us it off and on. Plus, even if I was suggesting so, why not at least try it out before we criticize it. Problem is, we've seen the conservative play and where has that gotten us so far? Sure, we're 1-1 and I'm proud of that, I also appreciate the heart attacks that I get regularity on Sunday's seeing Sam try to pull off some more of his heroics, but is that how we want every Sunday to go. Yes, it's nice to know that this team never gives up and that's important to know about a young team especially, but I'd also like to see a game or two where we can decisively win a game, especially against lesser opponents and incorporating the hurry up offense into the game plan can do just that. When you need the defense to rest on the bench, get conservative, run the ball a bit here and there, but at the very least, we will be able to strike fear in the defense that at any moment, we can stomp on their throat. One last thing, if we do start to run this, I would love to see Shotty eventually hand the play calling over to Sam. It would be nice to see how he can work with his offense.
Once again, I'm not saying we go full blown OU just yet, that's not reasonable to ask just yet, but I what I would like is unpredictability in this offense. Look at the Denver Broncos, sure were not as good as them right now, but they run the no huddle offense and their defense is still rather good. Sure, we're not going to be that good with the offense just yet, but it is a good team to look at when thinking about the effects that come from the no huddle (in positive ways). It would be nice to see off the drop of the hat this team could just be drop dead good on offense. If you question my logic that this team could do it, anybody remember Week 2 against the Giants two years ago? We came out firing and the only way the Giants could stop us, was by doing this:
MNF 2011 Week 1 Giants faking injury.flv (via locazn1)
And that team, had less talent on Offense than our Rams this season. The Rams have talent, and it would be a shame not to use it to it's full extent, just ask this guy...
My fantasy bench... Giovanni Bernard, TY Hilton, & Sam Bradford ... #fml— Johnny Knuckle Puck™ (@LL_Lean) September 17, 2013