Category Archives: Strategery And Mechanics

“There have always been guys playing basketball who arguably should have been playing football.”

Ian Boyd looks at the supply and demand of certain types of collegiate basketball players and thinks it’s going to have an impact… on college football.

Every year college basketball is producing 6’8″ 250 pound athletes that can’t shoot or move their feet well enough to provide a superior option at power forward over a perimeter player and are too short to stand out at center where the 6’10″+ freaks tend to congregate. The college game is starting to phase these guys out as well in favor of putting more perimeter players on the floor.

The inevitable result? A supply-side economic impact on the game of football, which has no end of opportunities for guys that are tall and powerful.

Meanwhile, football is moving in a direction where taller players are more and more welcome. Back when the game was all about the scrum and flanking opponents with big bodies at the point of attack, it didn’t necessarily pay to be a taller guy.

In a battle between a blocker and a defender the low man is going to win and it’s hard to be the low man if you are much taller than the other guy. But football is no longer being determined as much by these battles but instead by the kinds of physical confrontations that take place in the passing game.

I’m not sure I find that convincing, but it’s certainly intriguing.


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Somewhere between happy talk and Dawg porn…

… lies Frank Beamer’s discussion of his son, Beamer Ball and Georgia’s special teams.


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Kirby’s defensive strategery

I’m going to post something at some point about Smart’s defensive philosophy at Alabama – and, yes, Virginia, there was a Smart defensive philosophy at Alabama – but in the meantime, consider this:

I hope the 50% they’re leaving out is the way the defense played against Tennessee last year.


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Jim Chaney, Rorschach test

I’m starting to think Georgia’s new offensive coordinator is whatever you perceive him to be.


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Which Jim Chaney will we get this season?

From one of those interminable ESPN pieces that fill every off season:

To me, though, the issue of personnel takes a back seat to philosophy. Jim Chaney is a familiar name in the SEC, but what style will he utilize? He has been a guy who likes to run the ball with power at Arkansas, and he has been a guy who is willing to open up the passing game at spots such as Tennessee, where he produced a 3,600-yard passer in Tyler Bray.

I think that gets things exactly backwards.  Chaney was hired because his offensive philosophy is flexible, based on the tools he has available.  Personnel is very likely to drive his approach this season.  If Nick Chubb makes it back, given the quarterback situation and Pittman’s remaking of the offensive line, it’s close to a lock that Chaney embraces the same power running game he directed at Arkansas.

But what should we expect if Chubb’s recovery is stunted and the offensive line can’t run block to save its life?  Remember that while Jacob Eason is a true freshman, he cut his teeth running a four-wide, shotgun passing attack in high school.  That, too, is an offensive approach with which Chaney has familiarity.

Just as important as the approach Chaney takes is the question of timing.  When does Chaney make that call?  How far can you go into the regular season and make an effective switch while trying to compete for a division title?  Sure, some of that may be dictated by how well the defense and special teams play, but in any event, Chaney’s going to be faced with tougher questions than any other coach on Georgia’s staff this season.


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Young, inexperienced and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

You’d think Jacob Eason grabbing the starting job as a freshman is guaranteed to generate rough results, but Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin, who wound up starting a true freshman quarterback last season, says that’s not necessarily the case, because what we perceive to be a bug may turn out to be a feature.

“Sometimes having young players, or in this case a true freshman, it’s not all that bad,” Harsin said. “Young players don’t know all the bad. I don’t want to say this in a negative way, but they’re just dumb enough to find ways to win because there’s that confidence. I think we all have that instinct in things that we do.”

I think that’s coachspeak for “eh, who knows?”


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“College football is finally catching up with technology.”

Well, as long as it doesn’t cost anything.

The problem with the helpful tools for coaches? The NCAA doesn’t quite know how to level the playing field and make sure every team has equal access to the coaching tools, from the Power 5 conferences to the FCS programs already struggling financially.

The NCAA playing rules oversight panel will discuss Tuesday whether to approve significant changes allowing tablets and computers in the coaches’ booth and inside locker rooms at halftime on game days. The NCAA football rules committee forwarded the proposal it approved in February.

The complex issue involving logistics, money, equal access and much more, however, has some believing the proposal could stall and be placed on the shelf for another year, according to NCAA sources.

“It’s inevitable that somewhere down the line we will move to allow technology, even on the sideline,” said Steve Shaw, the SEC’s director of officials. “It’s inevitable. It’s part of everything we do now, but whether it is ready now, I just don’t know.”

The main issue is consistency across all conferences. Simply put, it’s yet another Pandora’s Box of compliance issues the NCAA could crack open next fall.

The NFL began using tablet technology on its sidelines — a move that could still be several years down the road in the NCAA — in 2013 thanks to a five-year, $400 million deal it signed with Microsoft. Microsoft, along with NFL officials, developed a universal system that guides all 32 teams, which have the same equipment and capabilities. On the college level, such a system could prove impossible, leading to yet another Wild West of insecurity and big moneymakers getting the upperhand.

When you start talking “Wild West” in the context of college football, you know this isn’t going to end well.

Maybe the P5 schools could start throwing in a shipment of iPads along with the million-dollar guarantee fees they offer when they schedule cupcake games.  Used ones, even.  Heck, you know Auburn will be getting the latest upgrade every time one comes out.


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