Tennessee Football: Butch Jones' 2 Go-to Plays on Offense

Stephen Williams@SteveO_WilliamsContributor IIIJanuary 27, 2013

Tennessee Football: Butch Jones' 2 Go-to Plays on Offense

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    Butch Jones is still over seven months away from coaching his first game as the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers.

    Recruiting season for the 2013 class is coming to a close, though, which means spring practice is not too far in the distant future. During spring practice, Jones will be installing his offensive scheme in Knoxville.

    The Vols will be a team that runs the football and is heavily committed to it. However, they will also spread the ball around the field and work hard to get the ball into the hands of their playmakers in the open field.

    Jones' offenses at Central Michigan and Cincinnati give Tennessee fans plenty of examples to look at for a preview of what the Volunteers' offensive attack will look like.

    Every coach has favorite plays they go to in crunch time. Let's look at a couple of Butch Jones' go-to plays.

Curls

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    The curls passing pattern is very common in the West Coast scheme that is the basis for Jones' offensive attack.

    The patterns are built on timing and precise route running. It forces the defense to respect the intermediate passing routes, which opens up the deep routes down the field later on.

    This play doesn't require superstar athletes on the outside, but it forces the defense to guard everyone on the field. It's all about spreading the ball around to the playmakers and letting them make plays after the catch.

    Tennessee has recently been a team that stretches the field vertically, especially this past season with Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson. While it will still take some shots downfield, expect to see a lot more of these intermediate routes under Butch Jones.

Play-Action Pass

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    Jones runs a multiple-look offense that can often leave the defense confused by the formation.

    Because Jones is committed to running the football, the play-action pass becomes one of the biggest weapons of his offense. An establishment of the run draws the defense in, and the passing lanes begin to open up.

    Further verification comes via Tom Kensler of The Denver Post:

    "Coach Jones' offense is really hard to go against," said Broncos rookie defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, who played at Cincinnati. "You don't know what they're going to do because they do so many misdirection things. A play might look like it's going to be pass, and the next thing you know they're running power. It's nuts. There's a lot of stuff for defenses to prepare for."