Baylor’s Lazy Offense

Chris Brown, as usual, has some sharp insights, in this case, about the way Baylor deploys its wide receivers.

But the most remarkable thing to me is how lazy Baylor’s offense is. What do I mean? I mean that if you watch Baylor closely, you will frequently see something you almost never see: receivers jogging or even just standing around while their teammates run their routes full speed.

This is what he’s referring to:

That’s something you don’t see.  As Chris puts it, “It’s amazing to me any team can get away with this, let alone arguably the best offense in the country at any level.”

It’s by design, believe it or not.

… Briles actually coaches his receivers to save their legs when the play isn’t going to them, and their tempo, maximum receiver splits, and packaged plays mean that those receivers often affect the defense just based on how they line up rather than what they do after the snap.

Geez, that’s scary.


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21 responses to “Baylor’s Lazy Offense

  1. What Fresh Hell is This?

    Makes sense, especially when you’re going up against SMU’s 122nd ranked D.


    • gastr1

      They haven’t really had a lot of trouble scoring against really anyone in past years, though, yes? I hear Gary Patterson and Mark Dantonio are decent defensive coaches.


      • What Fresh Hell is This?

        Yeah, but they most likely finished routes to provide the QB progressions or a checkdown against those two, something they didn’t have to do vs the SMU’s of the world.


  2. Argondawg

    Pretty brilliant.


  3. Jared S.

    We’ll see how brilliant it is when Urban Meyer crushes them in the CFP.


    • Biggus Rickus

      Baylor’s offense is usually not their problem when they play pretty much anyone. Their defense is what gets them beat.


      • Otto

        If the offense is getting tired from all those possessions, how tired is the defense? If you’re going to show up to a track meet you better be able to run.


    • Macallanlover

      IF ohio gets into the playoff, and I think it is no better 50/50 they do, Baylor will move the ball on them just like they do everyone else. They can be beaten, but it will be high scoring if they do. (And there is no guarantee Baylor makes it either.) I think Baylor would put 55+ on UGA’s defense, and so would other teams that have a really good, wide-open passing attack. Where ever we go bowling, we had better hope we don’t run into a Baylor/Memphis/TCU/OK State type passing attack.


      • Will (The Other One)

        I’d say that goes double for TCU or OKSt, who have very dangerous mobile QBs (not that the other teams don’t have QB runs, but Boykin in particular could make us look at the day Dobbs had fondly in comparison.)


      • AusDawg85

        I’m not convinced of that. Our D is better than those these teams have faced and we can actually get after a QB. Our offense (such as it is) can eat clock and so I see us holding a run & fun offense to 40 or less and being able to score 27 – 35 without TO’s. I don’t think Memphis beats us, I’d like a shot at Baylor, but happy to avoid OKST and TCU this year.


  4. Skeptic Dawg

    Right and Schotty buy into this theory as well. Our WR’s rarely leave the line of scrimmage! I will be here all week folks! Remember to tip your waitress.


  5. JT (the other one)

    Smart very smart.


  6. Ellis

    OK, I’ll bite, what if the first receiver is covered? Doesn’t make much sense to me.


  7. Dawgaholic

    One of them was open anyway. I’m guessing they watch the QB and it turns into a scramble drill if there is an issue with the primary receiver.


  8. Addr

    So in other words, this play was just a one receiver route?

    Sorry, but color me unimpressed. I saw a receiver blow by 3 defenders, which says a helluva lot more about that receiver and the defenders than Art Briles’ genius.


    • Athens Townie

      And so if Art Briles knows about that personnel matchup and directly exploits it, why can’t we give credit for that?

      I’m not so much impressed by this one play as I am with Briles’ innovation and sustained success overall.

      He took over an historically irrelevant (lousy, really) program and made them a dangerous, exciting football team.


  9. NCDawg

    I wonder how much better Georgia’s QB’s would be if their only decision was to throw or not to throw. It’s the progressions that seem to get us this year.


    • Athens Townie

      Good point. I often wonder if we’re too (stubbornly) complex for our own good.

      Complexity is great when you’re dealing with an upperclassman QB with high intelligence.

      But I’m not sure how good Richt and Co. are at adapting our system when that’s not the case.


  10. Bobby Bowden Syndrome

    I wonder how a texas hs coach would do sitting at the helm of a top 5 sec program?