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"Those Who Stay Will Be Champions"
The promise that the late Bo Schembechler had made to his players was always kept.
Even though he'd never won a national championship, many of his coaches and players have went on to win NCAA national championships as well as Super Bowl championships.
Bo promised his players and coaches championships, he just didn't promise them that it will all happen while at Michigan.
Why did he make such a promise? Because he knew that his schemes would work if his players were fundamentally strong. He would had never accepted a scheme that he knew would lower the skill levels of his players or his coaching staff.
The spread option, in my opinion, is against everything Bo Schembechler had stood for. It's a dummy-downed version of the run and shoot. A system that totally relies on athleticism; therefore, our team's recruiting season is our season. No Pat White? Season over.
It's a system that delibrately places the football in danger of being taken.
Before your play can work, the center must snap the ball "blindly", the QB must catch the ball, while it's in mid-air, without looking directly at it, then hand it to a running back, who's not looking at the ball either, because he's looking for a hole.
The offensive linemen will have to move quickly because they don't have as much reaction time as they would normally have, had they'd been in a conventional offense.
The offensive linemen will be stuck with practicing blocking techniques that will never use again once they turn pro, if they turn pro.
The receivers will have to be perfect; one drop pass and that receiver may never see the ball coming in his' direction for the rest of the game.
And for the most part, the QB and RB won't have to think anymore; because when in doubt, take the ball and run.
This offense is a dumb jock's wet dream. So what's my solution?
I say go back to the offense that Lloyd Carr used against Florida in the 2007 Capital One Bowl. Make it a hybrid version of the spread option. Mix in some conventional offensive schemes like the ones Utah, Oregon and Florida have. You see, those schools had already got the memo.
This offense requires too many highly skilled players for it to work in its purest form. And if the QB goes down, you know like Nick Sheridan, the offense is dead until that QB comes back. I called that the Dennis Dixon rule.
So please my fellow Michigan fans, knock some sense into Rich Rodriguez. Send a message that he can't run that offense from start to finish. Believe me, his headset will thank you for it; because that headset had taken a severe beating last season from being thrown to the ground all day.
Food for thought.