2010 Hawaii Warriors: New Offensive Formation Hurts USC Torjans
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We're not here to talk about how bad the Hawaii Warriors played on defense against the USC Trojans.
What I am here to talk about is how the hell did the Warriors put up 36 points against a USC Trojans defense?
If anyone watched the Warriors game against the Trojans of USC and is a avid fan of Hawaii, you'd realize that the Warriors offense looks a little different.
That's because they were in a "pistol" formation running the run & shoot offense from it.
It was outstanding to see how a small change on offense was such a big deal in a game where the Warriors stood toe-to-toe with the big dogs.
Here is how the pistol formation helped the run & shoot offense take one step further towards being tough to stop by any defense.
Heading into the game against the Trojans, there were many questions and concerns about whether the Warriors offensive line will be able to hold their own against the Trojan front line.
Especially considering there was only one returning starter on the offensive line and the starting center for the game was a third stringer.
Never thought that a formation change from the regular shotgun formation to the pistol would play a huge role in helping the offensive line block.
In a usual run & shoot offense, it is primarily run out of the shotgun formation. The problem is, the formation works against teams that have major speed at the defensive end position due to the fact that they can shoot up field towards the quarterback without dealing with a slower offensive tackle.
The pistol formation has the QB a little closer to the center than the usual shotgun formation.
In doing so, a speed DE will be forced to step towards the slower OT than going around him. If a faster DE shoots up field, he'll miss the QB entirely.
With the OT's getting help from the formation change and a QB that can move around in the pocket, the Warriors ripped apart the Trojan pass defense for 459 yards.
Hawaii had zero interceptions. That's surprising considering the amount of passes that were thrown.
The problem with defenses that play the pass too much, especially against a team that runs the pistol formation, is that they are susceptible to giving up huge yardage in the running game especially against a team that spreads the defense out so thin.
The Warriors had over 129 yards rushing due to the formation change.
The Pistol formation allows a RB to have a "head start" to run before given the ball so when he runs, he runs with a full head of steam.
Alex Green averaged 7.3 yards a carry.
Chizzy Dimude averaged 10.2 yards a carry. That's against a USC Trojan defense for crying out loud!
It was surprising to see that offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich, a Warrior alumni and beloved former Warriors QB, was the person that installed the pistol formation.
With further research into where he's been after his time in Hawaii, I realize that he incorporated the run & shoot philosophy that he learned in Hawaii to the pistol formation.
Such results showed up at his last coaching stop at City College of San Francisco Rams.
It isn't surprising to see how well the results of Rolovich's coaching experience helped QB Bryant Moniz play as Rolovich helped another "undersized" QB succeed in Jeremiah Masoli.
Word is out on what the 2010 Warriors are capable of and it was on National TV display for everyone to see.
Everyone is surprised, and I'm sure Boise State will have a close eye on Hawaii who may ruin their chances at a National Title BCS title run.
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