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” post – Suckers! – 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?