I’m really excited to be working with Charles Fischer and the talented group of writers over at FishDuck.com, one of the premier football sites on the internet. I’ve been following the site and have been a fan of what they do for a long time, so if you’re not familiar with it, do yourself a favor and check it out. Aside from articles, the analysis videos breaking down the Oregon offense are second to none.
In this post, I push back against the analysts who, without any real understanding of the scheme, say that Chip Kelly’s offense is just a fad:
Being able to draw up plays on a blackboard is one thing, but what happens in a game when their defensive end is a lot better than you realized, and you’re not able to run the ball to his side like you wanted? What happens when the opposition begins anticipating your favorite pass play and starts doubling your stud receiver? What’s your plan B? What are your answers? In football, almost nothing ever goes completely according to plan, so a coach without answers is a coach without an offense, and a coach without an offense will eventually become a coach without a job.
In contrast to this, Kelly’s offense is a well-oiled machine with plays that complement one another, with contingency plans built in. “
Read the whole thing here.