Lost in all the chatter about good deeds and player arrests, sometimes we forget that Mark Richt is a football coach who honed his skills as an elite, innovative offensive coordinator at Florida State.
Recently he appeared at a Southern Cal coaching clinic to discuss one of his signature play calls. You can find all the details about it over at (where else?) USC Trojan Football Analysis.
One interesting comment from Richt about the Shallow Cross Series:
… Coach Richt replied that he used to think it was easy to make the play work. However in reality and with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight it was special players like Charlie Ward and Warrick Dunn that made it so effective in the past. Also he thought the best defense versus the play is a Cover 2 scheme which is now so common. This defensive alignment often makes the play essentially just a Hi / Low “Smash Route” type read to just half the field versus the flat defender. This adjustment can be accomplished either on the front side or back side with minor alterations to the play call. Still the Shallow Cross is a very effective play but not quite what it used to be in the past. Also Coach Richt conjectured that many defensive coordinators down South learned not to blitz the play (he wishes they would however) as that gave up many big gains and easy TD’s in the past.