“We’re seeing so much throw, throw, throw that it’s kind of hard to learn.”

Talk about your feature turning into a bug:  the offense and defense they’re now running at West Virginia are both exotic enough to have affected training in spring practice.  Take this quote from the defensive coordinator:

“It’s OK if you’re playing (against) pass, pass, pass,” Casteel said. “Cincinnati and Pitt will be that style of offense in the league, but you’ll see Rutgers and Louisville and South Florida in more of pro style and multiple offenses than what this is. Obviously Maryland and LSU and those people are going to present issues with the tight end and multiple tight end sets.”

It occurs to me that, especially once TCU shows up next season, with the variety of offensive and defensive schemes being deployed around the conference, the Big East could turn out to be a fun bunch to watch.

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2 responses to ““We’re seeing so much throw, throw, throw that it’s kind of hard to learn.”

  1. HK

    This aspect of football doesn’t seem to get much appreciation from most people. I like it sometimes. A couple of mid-level teams can be very entertaining to watch, particularly when its an interesting match-up of schemes and the players execute it well.

    Scheme seems to be the great equalizer for lower talent teams competing with more talented teams, which is why the lower conferences get referred to sometimes as the laboratory or proving grounds, etc.

    I’m sure there are some exceptions I can’t think of, but it seems like very little gets developed at the highest level; it gets developed in the lower tier conferences then after some proven success the coaches responsible get “called up to the big league” to see if it works up there. Sometimes it does (Utah/Florida), sometimes it doesn’t (WV/Michigan), but I love watching some of those innovative lower tier teams butting heads when they’re executing an uncommon scheme well before the coach gets hired away.

    The flip side is when the two low tier teams aren’t being innovative at all, but just some seemingly generic form of the spread. I probably run into 3 or 4 of those for every good one I watch and its painful. Boring as hell. Its like a different, sissified version of football they’re playing simply because they know they have to spread it out if they have any chance of competing.

  2. HK

    Side note: I’m pretty confident Rich Rodriguez will have a lot of success if he can get hired by a decent school with a little more patience than Michigan did. He’ll also need a very good D coordinator.

    Also, I’m very curious to see how Boise State’s shenanigans work out with Texas talent.