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SIAP - Spread 2.0 by Jon Chait
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Spread 3.0: Dilithium aged for three years, injected into the entire offense.
The spread is dead.
unless it is in the SEC. in which case it makes danielson tingle.
The SEC can run the spread because they have ESS EEE SEE SPEED... which we do not. Because we're not in the SEC.
We're in the Big Ten. The spread can't work in the Big Ten. Thanks for getting our hopes up for nothing, Chait.
That's right -- it will never work because it is TOO COLD here.
really big Big 10 Players.
We've been implementing "spread 2.0" all season. He mentions pulling guards and h-backs and whatnot when he coins "spread 2.0", but doesn't mention that we have had those since before the Big Ten play started.
This is my first double post and it's all because of that damned 502. (!)
The money quote, for my--er--money:
The part they haven't caught up to is having a quarterback in the shotgun who can read an un-blocked defender and keep the ball on almost any running play. That is the real game-changer in the spread system. It alters the entire arithmetic of the game, allowing the offense to always have enough blockers to account for the defenders in the box, while also forcing defenses into stripped-down pass coverages. Defenses can't catch up to this dynamic because you can't "catch up to" arithmetic.
This is the thing that Danielson and other morans don't get. The fundamental element of the RR approach is eliminating the mathematical advantage defenses have over offenses by having the QB account for a player all by himself whether or not he ends up running the ball.
Furthermore, although the spread formation helps clear out some space for all of this to work, the "spread" is just a formation out of which the read option is run. So really we should stop calling this offense the "spread," since that is not what distinguishes it from other offenses that use spread formations--it's the read option base play. I know this has all been said before.
/ spending even one second pondering the lunacy of Danielson
Danielson is a hack. His love for everything SEC is hard to listen to. He should check the results from bowl games between the Big 10 and the SEC.
I think many of RR's critics think that his creative period is over, and that he will just run a bunch of plays that used to work but don't work anymore, while bemoaning "lack of execution." What they fail to realize is that RR is still as creative as any coach out there, and he is perfectly capable of tweaking the spread and adjusting to defensive adjustments.
Also, though most coaches running the spread got it, directly or indirectly, from RR, many are also putting their own tweaks into the mix. RR watches as much film as anyone, and when a coach comes up with something original within the spread, I can't imagine that RR would hesitate to start using it himself.
RR is still the same person who created the offense that Oregon is using to become a circus sideshow. And he is perfectly capable of coming up with even more ways to utterly befuddle a defense.
We've been running Spread 2.0 by his definition from the beginning. The key to Spread 2.5 is layering in the extras to the basic zone read, such as the midline veer, and that great qb iso fake where Denard takes three steps forward, faking the run, and throws it.
Had the same reaction. We have been running what he calls 2.0 since the start of last year. I think we're just getting better at it and have a quarterback better suited to it, probably the best suited you could find. Watch everyone trying to jump on the bandwagon now.
I look forward to seeing the new things RR will add next year with junior QBs.