I watched this Bulldog Illustrated interview with Mark Richt…
… out of interest about what changes are being made on offense (no surprise with regard to nomenclature, as it makes too much sense for the mountain – a forty-year old system that traces its roots back to Bobby Bowden – not to come to Mohammed, i.e., the guys who will be calling the plays this season), but the most interesting part comes at the clip’s end, starting at about the 2:25 point, when Richt talks about the search he underwent for Bobo’s successor.
“With so many people going to the spread, it’s hard to find a guy that truly wants to do it the way we want to do it…”
And that meant there was a bigger pool of candidates for Richt to sift through at the NFL level than in college.
I’m a fan of contrarian thinking as an offensive philosophy. There are clear advantages to being able to run a power, pro-style offense in a world where college defenses gear up more and more to deal with the spread. But in light of my earlier post today, you have to wonder if there’s a limit to going against the grain. You’ve got fewer kids coming out of high school who can step right into a pro-style scheme in college. And now you’ve got fewer college offenses running pro-style attacks. Georgia’s already doing its best to deal with that. What happens if the paradigm shift at the NFL level I hypothesized about in my last post actually comes into play?
Obviously, I’m not predicting that. But Richt has to stay nimble with what he’s doing on offense, because a lot of the surroundings have changed – and keep changing – on him. And that’s not just a matter of terminology.