HeismanPundit, on “Some Basic Principles on the Gang of Six“, June 28, 2005:
7. You must have offensive formations and plays that regularly confuse the other team’s defense
This is understood by just watching the games…
HeismanPundit, from “The BCS Title Game and the Supremacy of College Systems“, January 9, 2007:
…I’ve been touting the importance of scheme in college football since before the 2005 season when I extolled the offenses of Florida, Boise State, Louisville, Utah, Cal and USC–the original Gang of Six. I felt these schools were utilizing some extraordinarily effective offensive systems that enabled their programs to succeed well beyond the levels that their talent would normally provide…
Jonathan Tu, at 82 Sluggo Win, brought my attention to a blog I hadn’t read before, ArtofTroy’s USC Trojan Football Analysis. It’s an accurate title – this guy brings new meaning to the word “exhaustive”. He’s charted every play from Southern Cal’s ’06 season, and it looks like he’s dug pretty deeply into every game of the Carroll regime.
So, needless to say that when he posts that the “I Formation has been a staple of the USC offensive play book for decades. Since Pete Carroll arrived I have sampled its usage and it has hovered around the 40% of the total offensive snaps…” (emphasis added), I have to sit up and take notice.
As he notes in the very next sentence, in most years the I formation is the primary formation called by the USC offensive coordinator under Pete Carroll – a group that would include the legendary Norm Chow. (Evidently it was relied upon less in ’06 because the Trojans couldn’t keep their fullbacks healthy.)
All I’ve got to say after absorbing this is that if running the “I” for a plurality of your offensive sets is enough to elevate you to geniushood, we ought to start referring to the SEC as the “Einstein Conference”.