Obviously, I do not have what it takes to be a successful offensive coordinator, because this goes straight over my head.
When you’ve got two players the caliber of Chubb and Sony, shouldn’t offensive coordinator Jim Chaney be finding ways to get them in the backfield together as much as he can?
Many fans may think so but Smart disagrees.
“I do think you have to be careful because as defensive coordinator, I prefer to see those two guys together because one of them doesn’t have the ball,” Smart said. “When one of them doesn’t have the ball, I always say what’s the other one doing – is he a professional blocker? Does he know how to block? Does he know how to go out and block in space, block people and cut people?”
Um, isn’t the question a defensive coordinator has to ask first is “which one of those studs is going to get the ball?”
Take one of my favorite plays from 2014, from the Georgia-Auburn game, as an example. Dial the clip up to the 3:39 mark and you’ll see Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb together, at last.
What happens on that play after Chubb gets the ball in his hand is a blast, of course, but watch how they set Chubb up by making the play look like it’s designed to go Gurley’s way. All three linebackers commit to his direction before Mason shovels the ball to Chubb. It’s just as effective in creating space in which Chubb can motor as a great block by the fullback.
Indeed, that’s the point behind running the RPO plays that Smart goes on to tout. So color me a bit befuddled.
Eh, maybe this is just a matter of degree. Kirby does say he’s not objecting to ever putting both on the field at the same time.
“That’s the not the best thing they do. If they don’t have the ball, that’s really all they’re doing. So, we want some packages for them together, and they do block well, they’re willing to, but that’s not what they do best,” Smart said. “They’re best with the ball in their hands and we’re finding ways to get them the ball. We’ll have some packages for them together, and we’ll see if we can create some things from that.”
But he doesn’t sound like a man who’s heart is in it, either. Like I said, I’m definitely not coaching material, because I could get a little excited watching the two of them come out of the huddle into an offensive set.