Honestly, I’m not trying to obsess over HP’s comments in defense of his now infamous “10 Worst” head coaches list, but little things keep popping up which serve to make me want to rebut his arguments. For instance, here’s what he had to say in response to my point that Florida’s change to a pro-style offense might prove beneficial as a contrarian move in a conference where more and more defenses are gearing up to stop spread attacks:
… As to the point I had made earlier, I definitely saw that as a possibility in the trend line. But it hasn’t happened yet. Teams are not rushing to go to the pro style offense. It could turn out well for UGA, but why wait to find out? No one really knows. As for Alabama’s offense, it really isn’t a true pro style offense. It is a simple, one-read, grind-it-out offense that utilized spread elements at times. Its beauty is that it does a few things and does them VERY well. This is not a characteristic of pro style offenses, that rely on multiple reads, blocking assignments, audibles, and complex nomenclature and large playbooks.
Now I know what you’re thinking: isn’t he criticising Florida for the very thing he says teams aren’t doing? But that’s not where I’m going here. Rather, it’s his observation that ‘Bama doesn’t run a pro-style offense. You’ll understand why that clicked in my brain when you read this quote from Julio Jones about the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive scheme:
… The Falcons’ offensive attack is not foreign to Jones.
“I recognize everything,” Jones said. “It’s the same pro-set that we ran at Alabama. Matt and all of the other guys, the other receivers, are helping me out as well.”
Um… one of those characterizations is not like the other.
My point here isn’t to play gotcha so much as it is to wonder about how we see these things. I look at Alabama and see a pro-style offense being run with a few wrinkles tossed in. HP’s description, as you can read, is quite different. Is that merely a matter of emphasis, or is it more profound than that? Is the vocabulary for what we’re discussing inadequate? You tell me.