(I looked for an online version of this story but couldn't find one, maybe someone can help me out. I believe the writer was Andy Staples.)
In this week's issue of SI, one of their short articles was about how Texas is going to more of a pro-style offense this season (as well as changes at Florida, USF, TTU) and how this may be the beginning of the end for the spread offense. They apparently had their lowest per-game rushing total since 2002 last season - about 147 ypg. This is so dumb I can't help but try and pick it apart.
1. Maybe the change at Texas has something to do with the fact that they have a 6-5 pocket passer at QB, and maybe the "lack of balance" they had last year was due to the fact that they had a 5th. year senior Heisman trophy calibre QB with around a 75% completion rate. Oh, and I seem to remember that they went undefeated until the NC game in which said Heisman finalist QB got injured in the 1st quarter. I don't think the offense is too much of a problem if you go undefeated and play for the NC, but maybe that's just me.
2. Maybe the changes at UF, TTU, and USF have something to do with drastic coaching and personnel changes. UF loses Tebow, TTU replaces Mike Leach with Tommy Tuberville, and USF replaces Jim Leavitt with Skip Holtz. Raise your hand if you think Urban Meyer will abandon the offense that has taken him from BGSU to Utah to Florida and won him 2 NCs. If your hand is still down, raise it if you think the offense at TTU will be as wide open under TT as it was under Leach. (I'm not sure what Skip Holtz's offensive philosophy is, but I don't think he's as much of a pro-style guy as the author seems to imply.)
3. Every year, people predict the demise of the spread, and every year, the top 10-15 offenses in the country end up being teams that run versions of the spread. Brian has documented this and has repeatedly smacked down Gary Danielson for constantly bringing up the "spread is dead" theme. Can people just stop with this nonsense?