I do not know about you, but I ask myself on a daily basis since the first preseason game, why do we not just run the high tempo, spread offense that Sam is soo comfy with. Exactly what is the spread and what is the reason we do not run it, I had these questions and wanted to learn more about it and low and behold I found an Ebook on how to run the spread from a high school coach…lol I will steal some passages of the book to help me explain it.
'' The spread is the best offense for our modern game. That players love to play the spread and that the offense brings excitement to the game. It is more fun not only to play, but is a blast to coach. It forces defenses to adjust to you and not the other way around. If the offense is executed properly, it is almost impossible to stop. Most importantly, the offense creates points and the opportunity for big plays. Let me stress that I think the spread, and for that matter any offense, is better suited for the no huddle offense. It is also important to point out, that I do not believe that the spread is something you do in addition to your regular offense. What I am saying is sell out and run the spread, not as part of your offense, but as your offense.
Any discussion of offense has to start with how you are going to block your opponent. This is especially true of the spread. For the spread blocking primarily means, what pass protections are we going to use. First, in all the formations, there is no TE. All the pass protections that I am going to talk about are for the five interior linemen only but could easily be adapted to a TE if you so choose to use one. Just remember, when you add a TE you will also add another defender to the box and one of the premises of the offense is controlling the number of people that the defense can put in the box. This applies not only to the pass game but the run game as well. Second, the protections that I am going to talk about are rule oriented. The lineman need to learn their rules and not what man they are blocking, this becomes very important when defenses begin to stem and stunt. Third, I will use as few as protections as possible to make the lineman’s learning curve very easy. Linemen that do not have to think are more aggressive.The lineman must remember that even though it is a Man scheme that on all stunts that they are to block their zone area first because if someone leaves that means that someone is coming. The back will check strong or Sam linebacker, if no one shows he may check release. If there are two safeties, then he can free release without checking by running either the swing route or delay middle. In all the routes that I talk about, we will designate a blitz control receiver. When the defense goes Cover 0 or no safety in the middle of the field, then you need to check to hitch route against loose corners and 4 verticals against press corners. I will discuss this later on when I cover both of those routes. The screen is also a great weapon against the blitz. If you are going to run the spread then you have to develop the mentality of "Recognize, React, and Destroy"when it comes to the blitz. You must force teams into stop blitzing or make them pay dearly on the scoreboard if they continue. ''
Once I got to this point it dawned on me, we have all the personal to run this and the need to with the way our Oline is playing, I am a firm believer in making things simple. I recall hearing an interview with some college coach once and he told me the reason why the Spread took over in college is because of the lack of quality offensive lineman, and the spread does not require a group of very good individual lineman, it requires discipline lineman and they can get the job done. We do not have the offensive weapons to run a conventional offense, we have a plethora of playmakers who all can do special things given space and a chance to flourish. We do not have a stud rb, but in a spread we would not really need one, we have a quarterback who excelled in it in college, we have 2 rookie wrs that were prolific in the spread, our te's seem to be destined to be part of this kind of offense.
In summation, I will try to keep it less then 1500 words and I will post a link to the ebook for any of those who want to learn more details of the spread, ok back to my summation, I feel that we need to clean house with our offensive staff and bring in some experienced coaches that can teach the spread, my target is Dana Holgorsen from WVU not only is he one of the innovators of the spread, he has to be familiar with Sam because he was the OC at Texas Tech while Sam was at Oklahoma, and he was Tavon and Stedmen's coach at WVU. The spread will allow us to attack on offense, it will make up for our lack of quality lineman, until we draft a whole new line over the next 5 years. It will put pressure on the opposition allowing our fast young aggressive defense to make the plays they were destined to make. We do not lack playmakers on either side of the ball, what we lack is the ability to put them in a position to be successful. We need to fix that soon and the spread will do that, and we can run whatever tempo suits the game we are playing, so the excuse that the defense don't get to rest is crap, we can run a spread and slow down the pace if we so choose.
that link is the ebook I found on the spread and yes its a high school coach, but the theory does not change at any level.
thank you all for your time