Originally Posted by calumnus
I think by "fit" Sonny D was referring to recruits, not starters. He wants to recruit kids that "fit" at Cal.
On offense, he said he wants to get the best players on the field, almost regardless of position. He wants to have them do the things they do well. That is great news for Bigelow. Issues with pass blocking (for example) will not keep him off of the field).
Your point that each position will be evaluated every day and that nothing is guaranteed to Bigelow is noted. True freshman Muhammad could be even better in this offense, for example.
However, all indications from comments made by Sonny D and Franklin are that they already see how great Bigelow can be in their offense--so I think it is safe to start the hype--with the caveat that someone may emerge who is even better. No need to worry, here will be a lot more plays in the offense--especially if we are successful--with plenty of touches for all our skill players.
From what I've read in the links as well as recent posts by MoragaBear, "fit" is the opposite of what you said. Guys are NOT being recruited for "fit". Coaches are trying to get the best players available.
"Fit" is determined on how the coaches evaluate where and how players mesh into the system. My understanding is that the system is flexible and varied, giving each player a chance to demonstrate their skills.
Bigelow, Lasco, even new recruits, will all have ample opportunity to demonstrate what they do best, how they "fit" based upon coaches constant evaluations. Guys won't be standing around in practice. They'll be doing and demonstrating their skills, fast and furious, up-tempo.
Keeping a guy off the field because he wasn't adept at blocking was a demonstration of JT's concept of "fit", benching Bigelow because he was a "round peg" who didn't fit into JT's square hole ("blocking"). There were too many examples of decent to excellent athletes who rarely saw the field under JT because of that "round/square hole" fixation of his and some awful examples of guys who did see the field.
I think it's exciting, considering just the RBs, that Bigelow AND Lasco (et.al.) will get game time (and rest time) based upon game conditions. The position they play at any particular time could vary. Finally, instead of trying to force "every down" players, time on the field will be based on performance and the offensive scheme. I think we'll finally see more than one QB getting not only practice time but also playing time.
It's going to be interesting, indeed exciting, to watch the BearRaid emerge, especially since practices will be open. Bigelow AND Lasco will be on the field together at times causing the opposing D to have fits.
Parenthetically, I have a neighbor who helped form the Hampton Roads (Virginia) tOSU booster club. He was impressed that Cal landed Lasco as his reputation was huge and he'd hoped tOSU would get him.
Bigelow vs Lasco vs <whomever> is no longer an "either/or" proposition.
I have hopes of again seeing multiple huge running yardage backs, with many of the gains coming in huge chunks, as well as very impressive passing statistics - and lots of exciting WINS.
Bigelow for Heisman ... he'll have to earn the right to play which should be a huge motivator for him, a chance to show what he can do under the best of circumstances. JT wasted two of his years as he did with Rodgers.