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Sports Opinion: What type of offense will the Spartans use next year?

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With a plethora of seniors gone, including their QB, HB, C and a few more glue guys, what is the offensive approach?

As I mentioned in a previous column, the Spartans have basically lost the majority of their offense with Jack Almeida graduating. With this occurring, I have decided to list a few common football offenses and see what sticks and what does not.

West Coast
Oh how Bill Walsh is smiling in heaven right now. The West Coast offense coined by the great coach and offensive genius, Bill Walsh. The offense consists of short and efficient passes. The quarterback usually takes a three-step drop and fires it to whoever is open. If one watches the New England Patriots, this concept should ring a bell. Brady usually receives the ball and proceeds to take a three-step drop and rifles it for a slant, an out, an in, and even a corner. This poetry in motion can develop patterns that allow the receiver to get open easier. An example would be a slant and a curl. The wide receiver starts a slant, and the halfback would run a curl. Space, where the receiver occupied, should be open, and the runner would have space to maneuver.

Suggestion: If you are not a huge football fan, I would suggest opening another tab and googling everything I recently said, or the other option would be to email this to a big fan and look at something different. As I was speaking, the west coast offense would benefit Seabury because it would tire the defense out and keep the Spartan offense on the field longer.

Downside: This offense seems natural, but you need a solid QB to run it. Joe Montana ran this offense with Bill Walsh, and Tom Brady runs this with Bill Belichick. I am not saying our next QB has to be that great, but it does take a QB with good decision making with an accurate arm. Brady and Montana do not display great arms, but their decision-making and accuracy are arguably the top two to ever play the sport.

Spread
This tactic was primarily the offense the Spartan ran this season with Jack Almeida. Compared the West Coast, the spread is a more no-huddle, shotgun approach. They are two entirely attacks. The spread works well with high school offense because the QB does not have to have great footwork. Going under center, the QB has to have good to decent footwork while in the ‘gun the QB can just take one or two steps back and fire it. This offense is the fastest and most new offense put in place by schools.

The reason teams do not run this in the NFL is that after a while it gets redundant and the defense can quickly sniff out what they are running. In the west coast, a team can run formations such as a full house, single back, i-formation, and even shotgun. Wow, I have found something to compare the two offenses! In the spread, teams will run out of the shotgun.

They can add a few formations such as the pistol and the various formations that can work in the formation shotgun. Wow, I might have just confused myself for a second. The Philadelphia Eagles adapted when they hired Chip Kelly in 2013.

The offense took off the first year, and I believe they were top five in every offensive stat besides time of possession. However, after a year, Defensive coordinators had a whole season of film, and they finally realized that the Eagles only had a few plays.

During the season I was curious why teams did not notice that half the run plays were an inside zone or a read option. Crazy stuff right!If you, the reader are still awake, stay with me because it gets fun.

The next year, they seriously digressed; players got hurt and missed the playoffs. Do not get me started about the year after. I could write a book on how horrible and egregious the coaching and execution was. Actually, writing a book would further my sports career; I better put a pin on that for ten years.

Back to Seabury, this offense is useful, and it works well with a quarterback who can run and that is exactly what Jack Almeida brings to the table. The defense is scared of his feet and his arm, leading to them having to keep contain on edge.

The offense can run up the middle because of the defense keeping hold. With having to break the next QB into the offense, this might be the best approach. If the guy cannot throw the ball, he can always hand it off.

Wildcat
I told you that the fun was about the start. The wildcat, the play that I think Ole Miss started this approach around 2008. This is all off the top of my head, but I do remember them beating Florida using the “runnin rebel” or as it is commonly known as Wildcat.

Now it is somewhat coming back to memory as the Miami Dolphins did as a matter of fact utilized this with running backs with Ronnie Brown and Rickie Williams. As we are on this, I have to throw in a little nostalgia. The Dolphins did pull this out of their enormous hat against the Patriots early in the 2008 seasons.

They somehow beat the Pats on the road after Miami went 1-15 the year ago only to be saved by a miss 40-yard field goal by a Baltimore Ravens kicker. I have to be honest, I remembered everything but the Ravens kicker. Talk about a crazy mind Max Flammer has. This ties into Seabury because during their short seven-game season, the Spartans ran this a great amount with sophomores JJ Snyder and Blayde Omura.

The strategy as a whole is very fascinating because I cannot tell you how this works. The running back takes the snap and runs it up the middle. Talk about keeping it simple, stupid! When I was on the team last year this we used this against Lanai in the first playoff game, and we scored countless times.
Then Junior Ty Ornellas took the snap and just ran behind the O-line.

Again, as I mentioned in the past article, I wrote the coaches should of put their entire team in the box. Even if you put the whole 30-man team, they could not stop it. Actually, 12 guys would have been the max and to still dominate.

We scored on Lanai last year a lot running this in one game. Against all the teams we played this offense worked well, and Seabury will definitely use this next year. This attack works great in small spurts, but against a good coach, he/she can quickly take it away. Also, there is no passing attack with this; it’s strictly running.

Quick Hitters: Run and Gun
No, we do not have the passing game. If you turn on a Big-12 football game, you will see this. It is basically deep passes with motions and quick thinking. Colt Brennan and 2007 (Rainbow) Warriors used this. It is hard to stack up against a good defense. UH fans saw that against Georgia in the sugar bowl

Run Heavy
This scheme is basically the same ones that Stanford and the University of Wisconsin and is very boring to watch for the common fan. This tactic is described as “smashmouth, ” and it fits a blue-collar town. Many Big-10 teams use this because in Wisconsin, Purdue, and Iowa they receive big offensive lineman and any running back can look good. This will never fit Seabury because we do not have an offensive lineman who is built like tanks.

Wow, the article is finally finished. I want to personally thank everyone who stayed around and decided to read this whale of a column. It is sad that the season is over, but the offseason is starting, and it will be fascinating to see what the coaches implement in the offense.

If anyone found this fascinating at all, do not be afraid to send it to anyone who loves football or just a person looking to kill time.

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Sports Opinion: What type of offense will the Spartans use next year?