Daily Archives: July 12, 2009

The fault, dear Spurrier, lies not in your system, but in yourself.

Wow.  Chris Brown decides to get a little provocative with a post about the OBC’s failed stint with the Redskins.  While it may not do so on the order of, say, your “Erin Andrews gots a boo-boo, OMG” postSuckers! – it ought to generate its fair share of Internet traffic just for this parting shot:

So what’s the verdict? Spurrier failed, but it was not his “college offense” that let him down, it was the man, his overall lack of control of players, his roster management, and his own coaches, and in no small part the inadequate planning that went into his “pro-style attack.”

It ain’t pretty, that’s for sure.  But there’s a side issue he touches on there that I found interesting.  In discussing the evisceration Spurrier suffered in his second game at the hands of Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, Chris notes that

… Spurrier ran a pro-style system, and if you’re going to do that in the pros you better be ready for the meat grinder that is their film study. Johnson, a wily guy who has been around the block a few times, devised one blitz after another that got to the core of Spurrier’s protections and never let him out. (Incidentally, this gets to one of the common criticisms of my NFL bit, which was that I couldn’t be serious saying that the NFL wasn’t complex. But I never said that; I said it was bland yet, within that blandness was incredible complexity on the micro scale. A lot of college guys have said if you introduced more macro variation you could reduce the micro complexity — i.e. a million blitzes you have to gameplan for — but that’s something for later.)

What I’m wondering is whether all that focus on what Chris refers to as the micro side gives an NFL defensive guy who switches to the college game an advantage.  When I write that, I’m thinking about coaches like Carroll, Saban and now Monte Kiffin.  Any ideas out there about whether there’s any validity to that?



Filed under Strategery And Mechanics, The Evil Genius

Sunday morning buffet

Dig in, campers.

  • Paul Finebaum’s feeling the power. Speaking “authoritatively”, Finebaum points the finger squarely at Mark Richt as the negative recruiter who told Matt Elam that Urban’s leaving Florida.  (He says it about 40% of the way in on the linked replay.)  Hey, when you’re the eighth most powerful person in the whole dang SEC, you can say things like that.
  • Mike Hamilton gets a vote of confidence. Actually, it’s a raise making him one the ten best paid athletic directors in America.  It’ll be interesting to see how he’s doing three years down the road.
  • The Sherman Antitrust Act is whatever Clay Travis says it is.  Seriously, does he make a single point here that doesn’t boil down to “it sure seems like a violation to me”?
  • Oklahoma State is God’s way of telling us that T. Boone Pickens has too much money. From 1970 to 2002, OSU spent $10 million on its athletic facilities.  In the last decade?  A staggering $355 million.
  • When is a suspension not a suspension? In the case of Bruce Figgins, when the Georgia coaches aren’t dismissing the idea of turning it into a redshirt season.  Bad, bad idea.
  • There’s no quit in Orrin Hatch. Nobody in Congress stuck around to participate in his farce of a hearing, but he’s still threatening government action.
  • A real football article about Tennessee. If I had to pick one guy who’s out there focusing on Xs and Os right now for the Vols, it would be Monte Kiffin.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, Political Wankery, Recruiting