You want to talk about something that gives the offense a ridiculous advantage over the defense? Take it away, Corch.
Ohio State’s coach uses the board to answer a question about the latest offensive trends in college football.
The second-level zone read has his attention. In the traditional zone read, the quarterback reads the defensive end to dictate whether he’ll hand off or run. In this version, the quarterback is reading the linebacker.
“That’s going to not disappear,” Meyer says. “It’s even in the NFL now. The NFL doesn’t give you three yards.”
College does — as in, officials allow linemen to get up to three yards downfield before a throw. If the linebacker bites inside, the quarterback can throw to the open space with a slant, hitch, out or whatever the pattern dictates. Meanwhile, linemen already are downfield to block.
That’s nice. Packaged plays are effective. They’re even more effective when the officiating inconsistently enforces that three-yard cushion. Which happens pretty regularly, based on what I saw on TV last season. And it sounds like I’ll see more of it.
Meyer estimates 25 teams or so use the second-level concept. He thinks Rich Rodriguez might have started it. Auburn is good at it.
“Probably next year — 50 (teams),” said Meyer…
This has nothing to do with substitution or pace. It is about taking advantage of a rule and lax enforcement. Perhaps it’s another good reason to increase the size of officiating crews.