So it's February and I've been longing to watch football like the rest of you so I decided to see this MANBALL offense for myself and I thought I would take some notes and see what I came up with. There were a total of 55 plays that I noted (all but the last drive). (Thanks Boyz n da Pahokee for this: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/sdsu-vs-navy-full-game)
30% out of shotgun surprised me. To be fair the first drive, six snaps, were all run in shotgun no huddle which seemed atypical based on the rest of the game. 30% is probably inflated because of that, without the first drive that drops to 20%. Ugh, that is a huge change for a quarterback and a center to go through.
Next I looked at formations. I really think that one of the strongest parts of our team next year will be the receiving corps so my worry was that slots would never be used.
|3 WR, RB, TE||19|
|2 WR, RB, 2 TE||13|
|2 WR, RB, TE, FB||12|
|4 WR, RB||3|
|3 WR, 2 RB||1|
|2 WR, TE, 2 RB||2|
|3 WR, RB, FB||1|
|3 TE, 2 RB||1|
|WR, 2 TE, RB, FB||2|
For these numbers I only considered a player a FB if he lined up in front of the RB. In the case where there were 2 RB it could have very well been that one was a FB and I didn't know the players well enough to make the differentiation.
Breakdown by usage:
Oh that's why they are offering so many tight ends right now. Because they used at least one on all but six plays and are more likely to have two or more on the field than a FB.
So what does this mean?
Well, I'm not really sure. Coach Borges has said that he will alter his offense to fit the personnel that he has. To me, that should mean that 3 WR are deployed more often than 2 and that he utilizes four more frequently. It also shows how crucial the late signing of Chris Barnett was to the offensive strategy. He now becomes our third-string tight end and if there is an injury he will be looking at some serious playing time. The other big change is the percentage under center. I guess it should be encouraging that they could run their offense just fine out of the shotgun, it wasn't just on obvious passing downs. FWIW, they ran the read option on one of their first six plays. Which, if you can, check out those first six plays, they might give you some confidence that coach Borges may be able to adapt to Denard's skill set. I'm not saying that that is what our offense will look like next year but I do think those plays are closer than the rest of the game. Five years down the road is a different story, but for next year check out those plays.
I'm hoping to watch more games in the future and will post if anything else sticks out. Hopefully that will hold me over until the spring game after which all of this will be completely irrelevant.