And all you spread proponents can kiss his ass.
“… We run a pro-style attack. A lot of teams across the country are spread and do a lot of zone read with the quarterback and protect in certain ways. It’s not been what we’re about.We’re about running the ball a certain way and having the diversity in the passing game to be as sophisticated as anyone in the country with our protections and route concepts. We’re not just throwing four verts and smash routes. We’ve got an intricate passing game and protections scheme. We put a lot on our quarterback to make decisions at the line of scrimmage…”
This is actually a more interesting comment than you might think. Richt is committed to a pro-style attack in a spread age. That’s not an easy thing to do, for a number of reasons. One is that the coaching pool is smaller, as Brian Schottenheimer explains.
“The good thing about me is I’m coming into a situation where there’s good coaches on the staff. We’re not going to reinvent the wheel. Philosophically, we see things the same way. The pro-style offense. We’re going to run the football. Obviously, that’s a big part of what we’re doing. It was an easy fit, an exciting fit, because not a lot of teams in college football are doing it that way.”
From Richt’s perspective, there had to be a little frustration over Bobo’s departure, even as his personal success was applauded. Richt spent seven years grooming Bobo into one of the best offensive coordinators in the country, running a pro-style attack. And now the wheel has to be reinvented in an era when coaching talent experienced in pro-style offenses is harder to find – in other words, more expensive.
No wonder Richt said the possibility of him taking back the coordinator reins was there (“It could have possibly come to that…”).
The potential reward goes back to something Heisman Pundit discussed here a few years ago, the value of running a contrarian system. The more teams structure their defenses to counter the spread, the harder it becomes for them to deal with the pro-style power game. Don’t laugh, but I’ll be very curious to see how Schottenheimer does against Alabama in a few months.