Originally Posted by Unit2Sucks
IANAOC, but I think the effectiveness of the read option has to do with whether the defense is set up to defend it, not just how familiar the defenders are with it generally. Depending on how Oregon is lining up to defend us, the pistol and read option may be an effective choice.
I am hoping against hope that Tedford has a new wrinkle for Oregon in his pocket in case we get stymied on offense. He's shown a lot of different looks the past 4 games and I like a lot of what he's been doing, but I think he's been protecting Maynard more than he should (in terms of making him a passer instead of a runner) and being far too conservative in use of personnel. This is the game to break out the big guns - let Bigelow see some time as a wide out running deep seam routes to create space underneath for KA and MJ, get CJA more involved, and bring back the occasional screen pass to hold back the pass rush. Would also like to Miller get some more looks as he was an effective receiver earlier in the season.
I don't know why, maybe I'm just a glutton for disappointment, but I think that Tedford will try to do things a bit differently this game. This is the number one game this year where Tedford should go out on a limb and try to innovate. We're playing with the house's money and even if creates more risk, let's show recruits and everyone watching nationally that we're not going down without a fight.
I'm on the fence about this one... i agree tedford needs to be risky and innovative against superior opponents to make up the talent deficit we have against the likes of Oregon and (ugh) Stanfurd.
tedford has been more conservative than usual these past few years against superior opponents, but i think it may have to do with his lack of trust in his qb's more than anything. we had that trick play against USC a couple years ago where vereen ran to the edge of the sideline and was WIDE open... only to have riley throw it 10 feet above his head. and last year's oregon game, mansion was having a hard enough time completing simple passes, let alone executing trick plays or new schemes.
tedford doesn't have that excuse this year since we finally have a decent qb in maynard. i don't expect him to go les miles on us, but i do expect more risk-taking and innovative play-calling this thursday.