Dilfer shares interesting perspective on coaching offense in today's game
ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer shared an interesting perspective about coaching offensive football this morning on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
Dilfer said, “Everyone always says it’s about the Jimmy’s and Joe’s. I say bologna. There’s a reason coaches spend 40 hours a week with film and 8 hours (on field). “
Dilfer explained the game has changed over recent years. Great offense today is about pre-snap creativity that you causes doubts for the defensive players. No longer can you just line up and run your plays, do what you do.
Dilfer said even a few years ago, some coaches had the mindset of, “We’re going to do what we do, better than you do what you do.” Although that mindset worked in the past, Dilfer says that theory isn't working anymore.
“It’s about maximizing the talent of each individual player,” said Dilfer.
We should point out that Dilfer was alluding to NFL football, but his points made us think of the pre-snap creativity that Gus Malzahn, Chip Kelly, and Brian Harsin (Boise State) incorporate into their schemes.
As a coach, you will probably enjoy reading this unique breakdown of Boise State's offense. This article basically goes hand-in-hand with Dilfer's perspective.
Neal Brown tired of faked injuries, Cutcliffe tired of INTs, McMackin: They don't want to play us anymore
Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown tired of opponents faking injuries to slow down Red Raiders: “The last three weeks, it seems like we’ve had a lot of injuries on the other teams. It’s amazing. They fall down, then they cramp up and all of a sudden, 30 seconds later, they jog off. It seems like that’s happened a lot the last three weeks.”
“Not really. Maybe they’re coached better to do it in the Big 12. I can’t say we’ve never seen it. I don’t think it’s real ethical. ... My question is, somebody’s telling them to do it. I doubt the kids are smart enough to figure that out.”
“Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to blow it out of proportion. That’s not the reason we had several three-and-outs to start the game. But they’re trying to kill our rhythm.”
Hawaii coach Greg McMackin takes personal satisfaction in beating Nevada because of the way Nevada is leaving the WAC: "There's a real personal satisfaction because they don't want to play with us anymore. They're too good for us now and they're trying to do what's good for their program, I understand that, but the way it was done, I don't know if that was right or not."
(compliments Nevada team) "(Nevada) is a team that played a lot of guys and has run a lot of points up on a lot of teams…and we have a good rivalry and I thought their players were very classy. It was a pretty clean football game."
"I give complete credit to coach Dave Aranda (defensive coordinator) and the defensive coaching staff. He had a great game plan and same thing offensively, I thought that Rolo (offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich) had a great game plan and they had to make some adjustments. I just think those two guys are doing a great job, and I'm really proud of my players…they fought their tails off and didn't quit and kept fighting and finished and that was a big win for us."
Quoting Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly during post-game locker room speech following win over Western Michigan: “We coached better in the 2nd half and we played better in the 2nd half because that’s the standard that we have around here. You gotta play the game the right way all the time, not just some of the time.”
(on defensive performance in the 2nd half) “The intensity was back (in the 2nd half). We just didn’t play with the same energy in the first half. Run, hit, get excited. Basic principles of playing great defense. We weren’t getting excited, playing the same energy in the first half.”
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe watched QB Sean Renfree throw 5 interceptions in 28-13 loss to Miami (FL): “No prophetic statement here at all. The bottom line is you will never win a game doing what we did today, and that’s giving the ball away.”
“He has to fight through it. He’s got to find a way out of this. We can’t compete with this going on. It just takes your chance to win away from you.”
Houston Nutt compliments Rebels defensive effort against Bama: "Best of the year. Best of the year. Best we've played of the year. Best tackling, tackling two of the greatest backs of the country. Thought we did a good job in coverage most of the time."
Florida safety Ahmad Black reiterates Urban Meyer’s message: "That's the first thing we acknowledged when we got in there (locker room). We lose as a team. We win as a team. I told them that we're still a family, no matter what, through thick and thin. We always stick together and pull it out."
Officials ruled a touchdown for Auburn, even after official replay. What do you think?
Mullen says win in The Swamp "not an upset." Latest from Pelini, Saban, Spurrier
Dan Mullen says 10-7 win in The Swamp “not an upset” : “I said all week I've had success in this stadium. This is not an upset. Our team expected to win this football game.”
Bo Pelini has Huskers moving forward after 20-13 loss to Texas: “I told our football team, we still have everything out in front of us that we want to do. Our first goal is to win the Big 12. It’s still out there for us to go do, but we’re not going to do that unless we look in the mirror like men and take responsibility for what happened out on the field (Saturday) and get better because of it.”
“We’ll let the fans and everyone else feel sorry for themselves and feel sorry for what happened. You have to take an experience like this and let it make you stronger.”
Classic Spurrier, jokes SEC championship won’t feature 2 teams from West: “It is unusual, but that's where we are right now. Somebody's going to represent the East in Atlanta. We don't know who it is yet, but they're not going to take two from the West.”
“We're still in the hunt. Now, if we fall on our face again, we won't be in the hunt. But the Eastern Division is a little down this year, so we're still in the hunt.”
Saban says Bama offense has struggled 3 years in a row against Tyrone Nix’s defense at Ole Miss: “We struggled a little bit offensively. We’ve actually struggled against these guys for three years in a row offensively. They pretty much take the run away from you, make it difficult to run, and you’ve got to execute in the passing game. At times we did, at times we didn’t. But they gave us too many negative plays and the penalties hurt us on offense and stopped us on a couple of drives. We didn’t make enough explosive plays, but we did a pretty good job scoring in the red zone.”
“The goal of this game was for us to get back to playing with the kind of effort, the kind of toughness and discipline and execution; to play with the intensity you need to play with to play winning football. We probably hit on the toughness part — I was pleased with that — I thought we tackled better on defense, played on the line of scrimmage better. We did a better job all the way around and gave much better effort in this game. Guys really played hard and I’m really proud of that. The intensity was good, the execution was not what it needs to be. That’s something we can improve on. We had way too many penalties — discipline penalties. Offsides on defense, false starts on offense, those things we can correct and improve.”
Chizik calls Auburn defense “resilient” : “The thing that stands out to me the most is that at the end of the game we were able to get three turnovers to change the game. What that said in my opinion is that our football team is just resilient. Our defense is resilient.
“When it was the fourth quarter and when we had to make plays and when we had to get turnovers, we got three.”
Ed Orgeron talks about USC win over Cal:
Ruffin McNeill: We can ball with anybody in country...ACC, SEC, whoever
East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill after beating NC State 33-27: "It showed we can ball with anybody in the country. I don't care if it's ACC, SEC, whoever."
Urban Meyer response to possible offensive overhaul during BYE week: "I think so."
Lane Kiffin talks about what was going through his mind during blowout win over CAL: "Up 42-0, on our way to 7-0, you know, potentially a top-five team in the country getting ready to play the No. 1 team in the country. So that's the difficult thing, the thing that's most glaring . . . as you think of the first half of the season: how close we were."
“He's (Barkley) one of the front-runners for the Heisman right now if we're able to make stops in those two games.”
TCU head coach Gary Patterson say “my team sells itself” : "I don't have any expectation. We're 7-0. We're probably going to be No. 1 in the nation on defense for one more week. Those are the things I know. Rankings? I have no idea."
"I think my team sells itself. For us to win the conference we're going to have to beat a top 20 Air Force team, a top 10 Utah team at Utah. If anyone has a tougher schedule in their last five ballgames than that, then I want to know who they are."
Steve Sarkisian exhausted and relieved after 35-34 OT win over Oregon State: “We are coming to the realization as a football program that winning is really hard.”
Mike Gundy thrilled with win at Texas Tech: “What I did tell the team is I’ve been out here with some good football teams and lost games. I’ve been out here with some good football teams and had my butt kicked.”
“It’s funny, in today’s football we talk about 34 points as being not many points. It’s true. I’m not trying to be sarcastic, but that gets brought up all the time. I’ll go home and one of my boys will say ‘Why’d we only score 34 points?’ But I go back to, we played well as a unit today. We’re going to need to punch those drives in for touchdowns. Today we rushed for 225 yards, so that allowed us to keep the defense off the field.”
Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel has Tiger’s defense playing well: “We’re a team out there. It takes all of us. It takes 11 guys against 11 guys. As long as we keep playing as a team, playing together and playing hard and working hard and putting our time in, I think things will pay off.”“We’re very humble to be surrounded by these kids. They have this work ethic that’s really, really incredible.”
10 crazy stats from Saturday
Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp made sure the Longhorns brought the wood. Texas limited Nebraska to 202 total yards on 65 snaps. Nebraska entered the game averaging 8.3 yards per play, by far #1 nationally, but averaged just 3.1 yards per play against Texas.
Get the film of the Hawaii defense against Nevada offense. Why? Hawaii defensive coordinator Dave Aranda helped limit Nevada to 293 total yards. Nevada rushed for only 134 yards, something they usually do in the first quarter. We bet defensive line coach Tony Tuioti is pumped up. Hawaii is now 5-2.
You think Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes had fun on Saturday? The Tigers ran for 330 yards, averaged 7.3 yards per play, and scored 65 points against Arkansas. Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn put together a plan that helped Auburn score on 10 of 12 possessions in the game.
Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel helped Mizzou record 7 sacks and limit Texas A&M to 6 of 19 third-down conversions.
USC quarterbacks coach Clay Helton will keep this tape for a long time. Why? The Trojans racked up 602 yards in the 48-14 win over Cal. Matt Barkley finished 25 of 37 for 352 yards, 5 touchdowns, 0 INT. USC converted 7 of 14 third-downs and 3 of 4 fourth-downs.
Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning watched his quarterback complete 4 of 9 passes for 33 yards in the win over Florida. We’re sure Koenning is pumped about 0 turnovers and 0 sacks allowed in the 10-7 win in The Swamp. Offensive line coach / run game coordinator John Hevesy helped the Bulldogs rush for 212 yards.
Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and running backs coach John Settle have to be pleased with 184 yards rushing and 0 sacks allowed in the 31-18 win over Ohio State.
Rich Rod and Michigan ran 86 plays for 522 total yards against Iowa’s defense, but the Wolverines lost 38-28. 4 turnovers on the afternoon for the Wolverines.
LA Tech offensive coordinator Tony Franklin helped the Bulldogs run 97 plays for 683 yards in the 48-35 win over Idaho.
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi watched the Spartans’ defense record 4 takeaways, 4 sacks, and limit Illinois to 114 yards rushing on 42 attempts. Illinois finished with only 255 total yards on 69 plays.
Eastern Michigan offensive coordinator Ken Karcher helped the Eagles rush for 265 yards and total 490 yards in the 41-38 win over Ball State. The win snapped the nation’s longest losing streak.
AD explains decision, and the latest from Spurrier, Joker, and Bielema
Minnesota AD Joel Maturi talks about Brewster’s dismissal, apologizes for leak: “There are a lot of good things about our football program because of Coach Brewster. Not the least of which are the improvements academically, the improvements of our student athletes in the community, the tremendous passion and energy and visibility that I think that he has brought. We're thankful for all of those things.”
“But we're also aware in this business today of big time college football. It's about wins and losses. I also apologized for the unfortunate leak of this decision. I don't think it was fair to coach, don't think it was fair to his staff, certainly not fair to his athletes, and I sincerely apologize."
Minnesota quarterback Adam Webber says Brewster “will always be special person to me” : "I haven't had a chance to speak privately with Coach Brewster, but I will. Unfortunately, this is my second time going through something like this. But the relationship you create with your head coach is life long. And he'll always be my head coach. You know, it's just too bad that as Joel Maturi said and Coach Horton, we haven't won enough games. But, ultimately, the relationships you create are life long, and he'll always be a special person to me."
Spurrier says Gamecocks “just can’t do it” : “We just can’t, as they say, put the nail in the coffin. We can’t put a team away, just can’t do it. I don’t know why. We just can’t do it. There were chances there to put them away, take over the game defensively or offensively, and we just can’t do it.”
Bret Bielema received pre-game advice from Barry Alvarez: "He's been speaking to me a long time about winning this game. We always have a little handshake before the game. The last thing he said to me was `(It's) a field-position game.' "
"It's justification for me that we are doing the right things. I'm around these guys every day of the year. I've said it several times this week, what we do 365 days a year, you saw (Saturday). I know it can be successful."
"As we build within our program and (continue) recruiting -- a constant belief in what we're all about -- it solidifies you that much more."
Bret Bielema says his father figured it out: "People walk by you at the (team) hotel, `Coach, get after (Terrelle) Pryor.' My dad's message on Friday night -- he always calls me when he gets in town -- was, `Really bring a lot of pressure and rattle Pryor and the second half will be yours.'
Nick Saban not satisfied, says young players have to mature: “We've got some young guys out there on defense that have been playing for six games now. We quite frankly expect them to start maturing, play with confidence, not make mental errors and be able to make adjustments that we practiced. That's our expectation."
"All of the young players on defense need to play with more toughness, aggressiveness, competitive spirit, confidence -- it's about being able to overcome adversity in the game. We need more responsibility and accountability on the defense because a lot of the young players on defense that we have need to show maturity."
Joker Phillips says Kentucky is hitting stride: "This team is starting to grow right before our eyes. They've done great in responding to everything that has happened. I have nothing but respect for them, and I know they will respond to the success that they just had this week."
"We challenged our guys at halftime, that we were in a street fight. We're in a street fight. I'm in a street fight. I want to see who has my back."
June Jones compliments Navy defensive staff: "Navy does a great job of halftime adjustments. They played a little bit more coverage and didn't zone blitz us as much (in the second half)."
Navy defensive coordinator explains how Midshipmen slowed down SMU: "We stayed in two-deep the whole second half and did some different things with our front. We showed them odd and brought even, showed them even and brought odd. We just felt we needed to change up where we were bringing pressure from."
"We were able to get the quarterback to throw the ball quicker. We weren't getting there, but we were pressuring him to get rid of the ball and that was key.”
Rich Rod says, "That stuff is so overrated." Zook compliments coordinators
Rich Rodriguez reaction upon hearing Denard Robinson gave a fiery post-game locker room talk to team after loss to Michigan State: "That stuff is so overrated. What are they going to do? Try harder? I wasn't in the locker room, but it doesn't surprise me because Denard is a competitor and he's taking more ownership of the team."
"We've got to have a couple really good recruiting classes to address our needs. We're in a situation where we're playing those guys now - ready or not.”
Ron Zook compliments Paul Petrino and Vic Koenning: “Our players have really bought into our coaches. Both are doing the things that our players do best.”
“Paul (Petrino) is about winning, period. I talked about how our coaches are doing the things that our players do best. Right now, we are running the football pretty well. That’s what we are doing.”
“A lot of things are different, but probably the biggest (change) is everyone is playing together.”
(on facing Michigan State) “We told our team to expect a big bar fight. They are a physical team.”
Bobby Petrino talks about his brother Paul Petrino: “I really miss Paul. Always has a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm, and the amount of discipline he brings to the players is really special.”
“He interviewed for a number of head coaching jobs the last few years and it always came down to, ‘Well, your brother is the one that calls the plays,” so he decided he needed to go call plays.”
(on concern against Auburn) “We need to do a better job of scoring points. We done a nice job with yards, but we do need to go score a lot more points.”
Quoting Houston Nutt: “I’ve seen team that play Coach Saban and Alabama, and it’s over before it starts, if you know what I mean.”
Chizik: Our best defense is going to be our offense staying on the field
Gene Chizik explains Malzahn hire, talks Arkansas during Tim Brando Radio Show: (on why he hired Gus Malzahn)”You have to look at yourself and ask, 'Is that something I would hate to defend?' To me, that was an emphatic, 'Yes.' He’s one of the best coordinators in the country. It (his system) has worked at every level.”
“We’ve had a lot of teams try to throw it 35-50 times against us. Our thing is we don’t want to give up the big plays. Defensively, we’ve made some strides. We need to get more pass rush.”
"Our best defense is going to be our offense staying out on the field. We really have to manage the clock."
“We have to get better with our tailback running game. We are committed to it, but there’s no question we have to get better there.”
Arizona coach Mike Stoops hypes up Wazzu: "This is far and away his best team. One through 22, with his starters, (this is) the best group of players he's had, the most skill he's had, the most physical presence on the offensive line he's had. You can see them start to turn the corner."
UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham says 3-4 allows you to play younger players: “I think, actually I know the 3-4 allows you to play with younger guys because in a 3-4 your outside backers are going to be very athletic guys, but they may not have the strength of a 4-3 defensive end. I think the 3-4 allows you to play younger players and athletic players earlier in their careers. Sometimes it takes a year or two in the weight room to play a 4-3 defensive end.”
Quoting Bret Bielema: “We actually own the best home record in Big Ten over the last 5 years. We are 40-4.”
CNBC’s Darren Rovell tweets: “Only beers up in sales in last year? Busch Light (6.65%), Natty Light (4.18%) & Miller High Life (2%)"