An alert reader passed this article on to me. It’s about the current state of the art, from the perspective of the two Mississippi schools, in offensive scheming in the conference and how defenses are attempting to deal with that. It’s well worth your time to read what both coordinators have to say about the spread and what they’re doing with it, as well as how successful others are at defending what they’re doing. (And you won’t want to miss what Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace had to say about Georgia’s defense.)
What makes the piece so enjoyable is the pragmatism on display. There’s no Gang of Six talk; it’s more about what works and what doesn’t. And at heart these coaches are realists. Take this quote from Dan Mullen at the end:
“The general consensus,” said Mullen, “of who the top three teams in the SEC were last season were Alabama, LSU and Georgia. Pro teams, all three of ‘em are under center, I-formation teams. Any offense can beat any defense. I can beat any zone blitz if I’ve got the right play called. And any defense can stop any given play if you have the right kind of defense called. You see that in good old Tecmo Bowl, right? Just hit the right button and Bo Jackson scores.”
Good stuff. Make sure you read the whole thing.