Reading the article about Briles’ offense made me wonder why I’ve never seen an offense quickly line up after a sack to run a play to neutralize the defense strutting and crowing. Have a contingency play or two for what would be assumed relatively long yardage, bounce right up and go. Georgia is ready for a fast pace. Why slow down because of a sack? It would demonstrate an aggressive mindset and catch the D off guard, maybe requiring a heads up to the officials. Would it work? Has it been done and I just haven’t seen it?

I think the problem generally is that when you have a sack you have had your receivers running routes downfield; that’s why the DL had enough time to get to the QB. And it takes the WRs a while to get back to the line of scrimmage. Can’t snap it quickly when the receivers are still five yards from the new LOS.

You don’t plan for sacks. And, in most cases, your quarterback needs a little time to shake off the cobwebs. Sacks are usually worst case scenario. Do you plan for worst case? Maybe, but it usually requires some re-grouping for the offense. Your idea has merit, but I don’t think quarterbacks are ready to go in quick fashion after a sack. They first have to straighten their helmet and figure out if there are any broken bones.

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Those are good replies. Obviously, this could only be done rarely and in specific situations. But when the chance comes up it could be a very special play. The sack would be one of those where the QB is taken down in a less violent manner and is capable of getting back up quickly. That happens all the time, such as being pulled down by the jersey instead of being crushed and hammered to the ground. In a tempo offense the receivers are always running routes and lining back up. In this case it might not be used if you are on your own 20, but could be on the opponents 30. All situational. The situation might only be seen a couple of times a year, none if the O-line is really clicking.


You need to coach! Love it.

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Thanks, but to do something like that one must become totally obsessed. I think more in larger concepts and when the details come into play I become distracted. I had an idea for a man cave made with 3 20-ft containers with 2 standing on end and the other on top like a big squared arch that never came to fruition, primarily because of cost. Also, coaching is like teaching, and I don’t really have the patience for that. Nick Saban is probably the greatest example of an obsessed, detail-oriented coach. He must constantly administer perfection in every facet of his program. It was demonstrated when, on the last play of a game that was well in hand, he was seen “coaching” a player on the last play, letting him know perfection was expected at all times. Professional musicians, trumpet players in particular, also come to mind for those who must be single-mindedly obsessed with their craft. Not only must they constantly maintain a level of technical proficiency (rapid synchronized tonguing and valve action), but also muscular endurance with the facial musculature to play for hours. It requires absolute dedication to stay at the top level. To all of those coaches, congratulations. You have worked hard, put in long, long hours with no job security. A few have made a lot of money. Most have not. To those who have, good for you. It’s all show business.

Perfection can be learned by mistakes ala Auburn beat Saban on a last second long FG kick and return that Bama was totally unprepared for.

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