> So I don't understand why you don't embrace the forward pass as part of a
> potent offense. Sure, if your players are good enough you don't need it.
> Hell, if your players are good enough you can run a QB sneak straight up
> the middle and score every time. But in today's game it looks to me like
> that just isn't going to happen. Maybe other schools have caught up with
> the UNL strength training program. Maybe Nebraska high schools are turning
> out soft offensive lineman. Whatever the reason, the talent level along
> the line doesn't favor the Huskers nearly as much as it used to. It might
> be time to consider a bit of a shift in offensive philosophies because of
> that. Sure it's nice to just line up and mow the other guy under. But
> it's also nice to win games.
> Look at Miami. Does anybody hold their balanced attack in disdain?
Of course not. That's because Miami took the time and trouble to build
a balanced attack that isn't laughable. I don't think anyone has anything
against the forward pass. But I personally have a big problem with coachs
who wake up one fine summer morning and decide that a balanced attack
is somehow inherently superior to all other forms of offense, and proceed
to attempt to build one from the Frankenstein remnants of what was once
a great ground game. ND did this with Powlus and the result was disgraceful.
CU did it with a cadre of top-notch receivers, and the result was, well,
somewhat better, but did not produce any #1 teams. Sure, everybody wants
a shiny new Lexus to drive around. But don't s***the reliable old Mercedes
turbo-diesel until you can actually afford the Lexus. Nebraska, Colorado,
ND under Davie, they all fell in love with becoming Florida clones, and
then couldn't find the talent necessary to actually *be* those teams.
A new offensive style is a tacit admission that your old one wasn't good enough.
Considering that ND, Colorado, and Nebraska won national titles primarily
on the ground, fans rightly wonder why they felt the need to change. Fans rightly
continued wondering when these changes resulted in increasingly futile teams.
While I'm glad I lived long enough to see the Fuskers go face first into the mud
like we have for so many years, there's no glory in defeating a team whose
coaching staff has clearly lost its collective mind.
Maybe they'll surprise me. Maybe they'll turn into the next Oklahoma. But so
far the changes have reduced Nebraska to the laughingstock of the old Big 8,
made CU into what might very well be a sub .500 team this year, and all but
obliterated the Irish until very recently. Some teams just do better with the
emphasis on the ground game. Everyone would *like* to be Miami, but
very, very few schools can find that kind of talent year after year, and even
less know what to do with it once they do.
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