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Friday, May 15, 2009

Week in Review - May 9 - 15, 2009

Normally I don't put up a "Week in Review," but then again I normally don't publish eleven articles in seven days. So this is just a review for those of you who only check the site irregularly.

Triple Shoot - Coach Manny Matsakis guest appeared this week to put up a series of posts on his "Triple Shoot" offense. (Sample flavor diagram and video below.)

Check out all four parts in the series:

Goliaths, Gladwell, and Davids: I was also somewhat fixated on the new Malcolm Gladwell article. If you can only read one thing, read David strategies and Goliath strategies, though this post highlights a good point as well.

Assortments: Also check out some of the assorted links and notes posts here and here. Lots of good links to other sites in those, and also discussions of Rich Rodriguez and Michigan's quarterback situation, Gus Malzahn, the BCS, and of course, some Mike Leach odds and ends.

That's all for now. I'm out of pocket for the weekend, so feel free to leave any comments discussing any of this or anything else -- including ideas for future posts.


Anonymous said...

Don't think those articles have gone unappreciated either. Your blog is my homepage. I have two questions for you: who are you, and how do you know what you know? Googling "chris brown smart football" isn't helping.

Anonymous said...

Great blog. I must say this is one of my favorite websites.

I do have a question though. I remember seeing a Part 4 to your Run and Shoot Series a few weeks ago and it has been taken down or not visible to me. (I believe the main picture had an Oklahoma State receiver.) Were you going to continue that series or stop it there? Also, any chance you could get Paul Johnson (or a series on his offense like Urban Meyer) on here for a good look?

Chris said...

anon, re: part four of the R&S series: I don't always write articles all at once, and can leave them in the queue as drafts to be worked on later. When I do that I usually set it to "publish" at some later date. With that one I got backed up and that one went "live" before it was ready, so I took it back down.

The finished version should be up soon. I'm just adding diagrams and videos to it.

Anonymous said...


I'm not sure some of your readers appreciate a critical difference between football and basketball. In basketball, each "play" is pretty much the equivalent of a possession. In football, not even close. When looking at potential "high variance" strategies, this difference has to be kept in mind. It can change everything.

I found Gladwell's article to be pretty weak. He makes huge leaps of logic and fails to appreciate most of the factors which need to be considered in making tactical and strategic decisions.

I was surprised that he didn't account for the role played by the element of surprise and what changes when it is lost. E.g. Goliath's defeat was as much due to the fact that David's tactics were a surprise as by the tactics themselves. Had he had a chance to scout David and been able to prepare for the slingshot, the encounter would certainly have played out much differently.

For many years, I've been intrigued by the possible approaches that might be taken if one faced a football season with a serious shortage of talent. There are a lot of factors which have to be considered. More than can be covered in a comment.

Anonymous said...

Since you opened up the floor to suggestions on future post topics, I have an idea I'd love your input on. Given that split backs was once an integral part of the West Coast Offense and the Air Raid borrowed its passing concepts from BYU, which used split backs to some extent, why have we seen such a great decline in the use of split backs nowadays in college and pro ball? I don't just mean in terms of the split back veer, but as a passing and normal running formation. Any ideas?

Mr.Murder said...

Mahlzahn is bringing splits back! From the shotgun!

Anonymous said...

(Comment #5 poster here) He didn't run a lot of split backs in the spring game. A lot of one back with an H-back, but I don't really remember seeing any split backs. I mean, some teams (WVU under Rich Rod, etc.) have used it from the gun, yeah, but you almost never see it under center anymore, except from a couple of the old-school West Coast guys like Holmgren.

Mr.Murder said...

The only thing I didn;t like of that series was the DT getting to slam the Qb on the jet coming through that wide gaps on the zone OL.

You can't reduce the splits a hair on the back side G to stop that?