October 17th, 2009 at 10:10 PM ^

What makes the GT offense so fun, at least for me, is that fact that it seems ( to say this politely...) not as difficult to stop as other offenses. Yet they somehow mow through everyone. Unreal.

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October 17th, 2009 at 10:42 PM ^

its easy to stop the GT offense. In execution it can be a bitch. You usually delegate which responsibility each position has. Usually its DL/Mike taking on the dive back, DE or safety taking on the QB, and OLB/CBs taking on the pitch man. If your defense gets lazy and your DE or safety gets sealed, your in for a world of pain as now your OLBs and DBs have to break responsibility and take the QB and leave the pitchman.


October 17th, 2009 at 10:56 PM ^

In theory, its hard as balls to defend the option, because if executed perfectly, the option will consistently gain 5+ yards every play.

If the defender misses a tackle, or Paul Johnson figures out your defensive scheme and changes his blocking assignments, those 5+ yards turn into 20+ yard runs and touchdowns.


October 17th, 2009 at 10:43 PM ^

Are you sure? I thought their starter (Dwyer) was injured early in the game @ Miami, and that Nesbitt was forced to take most of the weight.

After a check of today's box score, you're somewhat right, but BOTH quarterbacks were used and accumulated a fair amount of rushing yards each. Against Miami, it was just Nesbitt, although I'm not sure how much of a difference that would make.


October 17th, 2009 at 10:36 PM ^

Bud Foster had a great gameplan coming in, but the change in blocking schemes made by Paul Johnson in the 2nd half were pure genius. If PJ figures you out, you're in for a long long game.


October 17th, 2009 at 11:47 PM ^

and so hard to defend that Bo won every bowl game using it, including the three straight victories in the Rose Bowl against the PAC-10 with Rick Leach. The PAC-10 never could get the hang of defending the triple option against us, and we just piled up the points. I don't think we ever scored under 35. It's too bad he went to a more pro-style passing attack with John Wangler, since that wasted Anthony Carter's talents as a downfield blocker.


October 18th, 2009 at 2:24 AM ^

One of the best things I think that makes this offense so successful is the fact that if it is being executed correctly, there is no need for a pass.

It is ideally the best kind of offense, because running the ball gives you the best chance for success. When GT is up they can continue to run the clock down and wear the other team's D out, which is essential to any game-leading strategy.

Also something else that this offense does, is that it hardly ever creates a 3rd and long situation. Even if you only get 3 yds in each of the 1st two downs, you're looking at a 3rd and 4 versus passing for incompletions on the 1st two downs and 3rd and 10.


October 18th, 2009 at 2:50 AM ^

I've never been able to see GT's offense in action, I'm hoping that they make a BCS Bowl so that I'll be able to check it out. What I've always wondered, though, is how the offense works when teams can easily put 8 men in the box against it every down, and how the offense works when they're in a two minute drill-type situation.


October 18th, 2009 at 8:28 AM ^

Can be exciting to watch, but I'm definitely a fan of our offense.

One note: that offense is a high risk offense. They almost turned the ball over 3 different times on bad pitches from Nesbitt. It makes me wonder how they were so successful last year, with little experience in it because so much can go wrong.