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Ohio State: Georgia offense does look a lot like Michigan, from quarterback on down

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edited December 2022 in Article commenting
imageOhio State: Georgia offense does look a lot like Michigan, from quarterback on down

ATLANTA — Ohio State defenders didn’t want to say it publicly, but off to the side, in smaller more personable interview sessions, they relented.

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  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,548 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Michigan burned Ohio St. with a couple of long throws late in their game, to be quite frank to wide open receivers. Looked like simple plays but somehow guys were breaking long with no one around. Flukes or just poor secondary play I couldn't tell you, but we're about to find out.

  • thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited December 2022

    @reddawg1

    It wasn't flukes. Michigan runs old school pro-style football. Totally different mindset from the spread strategy. In that style of play, you spend the entire game establishing something that consistently works for short and intermediate gains, like 4 yard runs and 7 yard pass plays. It has a dual purpose. The primary purpose is to sustain long drives, maybe 8 or 10 play drives, that eat up a bunch of clock, keeps the opposing offense off the field and wears down the defense, and culminates in a field goal or TD. At the very worst, you get 3 or 4 first downs and when you punt, you pin the other offense deep ... the field position game.

    The secondary purpose? It trains the opposing defense to really go after those short plays. To get them in the mindset to try to get a jump on them in order to stop them to get your offense off the field. And once you have done that? You fake the short play and try to burn them deep. So if you have been running a counter to get 4 rushing yards all day, you run a counter trap that goes for 40. If you have been running hooks and curls all day to get 7 yard pass plays, you run a hook and go or curl and go where the WR fakes cutting off the route short like he has done all game to that point and keeps running downfield. Now the DB is going to jump the hook or curl because you have been using it to get first downs all game. He wants to get there before the ball does to knock it away at the last second or to deliver a bone crushing hit to jar the ball loose in order to finally force a 3 and out for the first time all day. Except when he bites and runs to where he THINKS the ball is going to go before the ball gets there, the WR turns upfield and runs right past him and is wide open. And you know what? There is no safety help either. Why? Because the safeties think that it is going to be an inside curl route too because that is what the QB has been throwing all day. So they are defending the inside curl route to prevent a big YAC, which can happen if the CB takes the wrong angle defending the curl. Hook route? Same. They are defending the sideline. So the QB only has to make the easiest vertical pass in the book - a rainbow over the top to a guy running downfield with no one within 10 yards of him - to get a big play.

    Sadly, this used to be football 101 as recently as 25 years ago, where you use actual strategy, and where the stuff you spend the first quarter setting up pays off in the 4th quarter. But folks called it "boring." So then the spread came along and destroyed it. But the funny thing: Alabama and UGA never fully adopted the spread. They only incorporated parts of it. So those schools are winning titles with real offenses while the teams running the spread offenses sit and watch from home. Tell me which is more exciting.

  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,548 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Thanks for the football lesson

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