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What a Mark Richt offense *might* look like at Miami (long)

What a Mark Richt offense *might* look like at Miami (long)

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Ghost: Great stuff! You're dead on point about Richt/State's curl route. That route has been the cornerstone of the fsu offense for decades. It was Brad Scott's money, signature route. It's one of my personal favorites for obvious reasons. I can't wait to see drives with a dig/post.

If you don;t mind, tell me what you think of Richt's levels concept.

Screen game: Offensive line issues are going to be talked about until the season starts, so now is as good a time as any to ask this question. Do we have enough athleticism, mobility to be an effective screen team? Oh, and this too. Can either KC or Sonny play LT?

Again, outstanding post.

To your first point, I think Richt's levels concepts (basically in which the inside receiver runs a go while the outside receiver runs an in or cross) are spot-on. I found a lot of variations on that concept in the playbook I looked at both in 3 and 4 WR sets and also in I-form with the TE acting as the slot receiver. There were also riffs on levels in which the slot guy runs a post or post-corner or out pattern against the outside crossing receiver. I read that Saban called the levels concept the hardest play to defend. Peyton Manning makes a lot of money with this play as well.

As to your question about whether we have the guys to be a great screen team, I'd say "not yet." We need more athleticism on the OL going forward. That said, there's no reason that we can't run at least one successful screen right now...
 
Also I think KC could play LT, Sonny not yet I don't think...
 
Also I think KC could play LT, Sonny not yet I don't think...

Eek @ KC playing LT. He needs to be inside. Sonny cannot play LT at all. Our most serviceable LT is likely Darling. And, that scares me to death.

Ghost, can you take a peek at Richt's vertical concepts? He's amazing getting defenders layered, which is something we've been missing and why we've struggled so much against zone. I just haven't seen a lot in the way of the vertical passing game. Mentioned on another thread that perhaps it's due to who was calling plays? I don't know. I don't want to make excuses for him, either.

He must be elated (as we are) about Njoku's versatility to come out from in-line and push Safeties vertically, while also lining up at slot and working the cross game. Njoku stays healthy and he just won a small lottery - will look like even more of a star now. Ideally, Coley stays. If so:

Njoku
Coley (slot - verticals)
Cager
Brady

Are going to see a lot of packages together.

Also, Richt's OC used Sony in the slot and on WR screens a bit this year. Would like to see Choc worked in a bit in that "RB playing WR" role. New life for him.
 
Yeah neither KC nor Sonny makes me happy at LT lol.

Richt ran a lot of downfield stuff with Stafford. I think he's really been hamstrung lately not just with play calling but with his QBs. Lambert just doesn't have the arm or accuracy to hit a consistent deep ball. The vertical concepts are definitely in the playbook though, both in the middle and outside.
 
One more "Matt Stafford And The Vertical Passing Game" story - I was at UGA's spring game Stafford's freshman year. First pass was a playaction post dropped perfectly 60 yards downfield for a TD. Whole crowd just went nuts. So there are definitely downfield throws in Richt's game.
 
Hopefully coley decides to come back and make himself some money. I still think he has 1st round talent but needs a big senior year
 
Offensive Line - This is obviously a tricky one to track. I was able to get hold of the 2004 UGA playbook (free online if you want to take a look!) and what I can say is that he used a mix of Power and Zone concepts at UGA. For example, he ran a lot of zone in front of Moreno who was a great cutback runner, but quite a bit of Power-I as well, especially with Lumpkin and Ware - more North-South backs. Again, I think what this speaks to is that Richt will adapt his OL scheme to fit his RBs skillset, and depending on down, distance, and defense.

I love the idea bolded above. While it's great to spread the defense with your offensive formations, nothing is more frustrating than watching our Canes or teams like Baylor that can move the ball with apparent ease but have difficulty converting 3rd and 1 or 3rd and 2 downs due to being unable to run effectively with power when required to do so.
 
Richt is a spread/tempo guy at heart.

That's not gonna make the anti-gimmick crowd happy.
 
Richt is a spread/tempo guy at heart.

That's not gonna make the anti-gimmick crowd happy.

There is nothing gimmicky about the style of offense that Richt runs. He runs a pro-style offense with spread concepts.. Exactly what this program needs to run.
 
Richt is a spread/tempo guy at heart.

That's not gonna make the anti-gimmick crowd happy.

There is nothing gimmicky about the style of offense that Richt runs. He runs a pro-style offense with spread concepts.. Exactly what this program needs to run.

Pretty sure he prefers a spread offense...with spread concepts...but I could be wrong.
 
Richt is a spread/tempo guy at heart.

That's not gonna make the anti-gimmick crowd happy.

There is nothing gimmicky about the style of offense that Richt runs. He runs a pro-style offense with spread concepts.. Exactly what this program needs to run.

Pretty sure he prefers a spread offense...with spread concepts...but I could be wrong.

I couldn't remember what it was called, so I dug around a little bit... Bowden called the FSU offense when Richt was there his "Fast Break" offense. It was high tempo / no huddle with pro, i form, and 2 back shotgun sets.

The 2 back shotgun sets were what I remembered and was trying to look at. They ran it with maybe Minor and Dunn?? Anyway, I remember them having 2 speed backs in the game and could run either one or pass to either flat or wheel route at any time.

Seems like the perfect kind of set to take advantage of the personnel we have. You could run it with Walton and a fullback, and transition no huddle from shotgun to i. Or you could have Yearby and Walton and take advantage of the run/pass threat like a speed option without relying on Kaaya to be fast.
 
Richt is a spread/tempo guy at heart.

That's not gonna make the anti-gimmick crowd happy.

There is nothing gimmicky about the style of offense that Richt runs. He runs a pro-style offense with spread concepts.. Exactly what this program needs to run.

Pretty sure he prefers a spread offense...with spread concepts...but I could be wrong.

I couldn't remember what it was called, so I dug around a little bit... Bowden called the FSU offense when Richt was there his "Fast Break" offense. It was high tempo / no huddle with pro, i form, and 2 back shotgun sets.

The 2 back shotgun sets were what I remembered and was trying to look at. They ran it with maybe Minor and Dunn?? Anyway, I remember them having 2 speed backs in the game and could run either one or pass to either flat or wheel route at any time.

Seems like the perfect kind of set to take advantage of the personnel we have. You could run it with Walton and a fullback, and transition no huddle from shotgun to i. Or you could have Yearby and Walton and take advantage of the run/pass threat like a speed option without relying on Kaaya to be fast.

The sets looked a lot like the ones used by Jim Kelly for the K-Gun.
 
K-Gun worked pretty well for a few seasons there!

One kind of cool thing about that they named it after the tight end b/c he was big and fast, so they could run power or put multiple receivers in routes without changing personnel. We have the horses at TE to make this kind of thing go.
 
Miami isn't going to be CD or ACCCG competitive until the OL and DL groups are fixed and begin performing at elite levels. Focus and fix those two units and 9-11 win seasons will become the norm again.

Its the play in the trenches that enables the play of "elite" skill players on both sides of the ball.
 
Ghost a beast man. I think you actually nailed what he has been doing here
 
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