From the Mike Bobo presser today:
Q: What led you guys to make the changes you did in terms of no-huddle?
Bobo: Well we wanted to get more plays, which we didn’t do on Saturday. But we’re committed to doing it, and more plays equals more opportunities, and more chance to score. We went and looked to last year, and when we had more opportunities to score in the red zone we were very efficient. But we just didn’t have as many opportunities as some other teams, and we scored points. But we thought more plays would equal more opportunities and more chance to get points on the board. That’s the main thing, to get more chance and more opportunities.”
If you play faster, you run more plays over the course of a game. More plays mean more opportunities to score. Who could be against that?
Well, now that you mention it, Mike Bobo.
Q: Mike when it did go into the philosophy of line it up, look to the sideline, that kind of style, what advantages does that give you?
Bobo:“Well it gives you the advantage of seeing what they’re doing defensively. It gets you into the right play. As opposed to, it’s easier to see it upstairs instead of the quarterback level, as to how they might be playing in the perimeter. There’s still a number of things we do at the line that Murray did. But there’ll be some more of we look to the sideline and get that play.”
You want speed or you want the opportunity to observe the other guy’s defense and react to it? Nothing necessarily wrong with either approach, but it’s kind of hard to pull ‘em both off simultaneously. In trying to have it all, the likelihood is that you’ll wind up with a bunch of tentative offensive players. Which is what we saw more than once Saturday night.
Mike Leach: We definitely worked hard to keep it simple. Anything you do that restricts a player’s ability to quickly pull the trigger is counterproductive. You can be the smartest guy in the world and make it so intricate that a player is slow to pull the trigger and that’s when you hurt yourself. Sometimes the smartest minds in football create hesitation and you hurt yourself. People who hesitate are slow. A 4.5 guy could become a 4.7 guy if he hesitates. But at the same time, as you do things offensively that can cause the defense to hesitate, that will effectively speed your offense up without complicating things for your own players.
I have a working theory about restaurants with large menus. Kitchens that try to do too much wind up not doing much of anything well. I fear Mike Bobo is turning into The Cheesecake Factory.