I've been poking around the internet trying to stich together some information for an upcoming diary and I came across an really interesting interview with Brian Kelly in American Football Monthly that doesn't quite fit into the main thrust of the diary, but I think it'd be of interest to the board. It's behind a paywall, but I wanted to post a few of interesting snippets here. Hopefully I stay within the mgoblog guidelines for ethical free advertising:
RE: Offensive Tempo and play signaling. Kelly said they operate with various tempos much like RR does. He also said they do not change personnel packages; TE is on the field all the time.
RE: Run Scheme. Outside zone or Stretch. Specifically avoids the zone read for fear of injury; guess he doesn't read MGoBlog (the FOOL!).
RE: most productive pass concept. "...push the ball vertically by sending four. Regardless of the formation, send four at them right away and see how they adjust."
Seems to me like our installation of the 3-3-5 is specifically targetted at Notre Dame as it incorporates specific strategies for handling these concepts. Looking at the schedule though, I can pick off 6-8 teams that run a spread: Connecticut (OC has specifically referred to it as a spread offense), Indiana, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn St., Purdue, UMass (?; doesn't matter), Bowling Green (?; doesn't matter).
Sure, something more typical will need to be schemed for MSU, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio State but, those teams are backloaded on the schedule. For Power offenses go with Van Bergen - Campbell - Martin - Roh as your D-Line then go to work.
The idea of installing a scheme specifically designed to the defend against the spread makes a lot of sense.