For all the talk of balance you hear from offensive minds, whether it’s the Mike Bobo or Mike Leach flavor, this is what I’d prefer to hear about the guy calling plays for my team’s offense.
McElroy, who led Alabama to the 2009 national title, said he believes Saban “very much respects” what Malzahn does, adding that Malzahn’s genius is his simplicity, which allows the Tigers to play fast.
“The looks and things change from week to week but they’re not necessarily doing different schemes, different plays,” McElroy said. “You can often almost overanalyze it. Watching the film, it’s like: They just ran that; it was just a little bit different formation. They just ran the exact same play four times out of the last seven. It’s amazing to see him being able to do that. Once he finds something that works against a defense, he definitely exploits it and credit to him for being able to do that.”
Don’t get cute. Don’t overthink. If you can run something the other guy can’t stop, why worry about balance? Plus, it’s demoralizing as hell for the defense. At least until it adapts.
How will Saban and Alabama adjust? “I assume that Nick Saban will probably have some simplified calls in his defense this upcoming season in order to better prepare…”