Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Under Center: Why gun Spread teams do it?

Observing the evolution of modern gun spread football the past few years and in the effort to improve our own offense(brother we do need some help there!)  I have noticed that besides the standard gun snap to initiate the offensive play that many very successful coordinators(I don't believe I have to mention names here to you astute readers) are utilizing an under center approach.  I have also noticed that though the plays they run under center are limited that they do seem to have a high succes rate.  So the question for you gurus is:
1.  Why get under center if you are predominantly a gun team?
2.  What is your package?  WARNING!(IAM NOT talking about simply a short yardage goal line package either.)
    I will start by saying that I see advantage to getting under center as follows.
A.  Ball gets in QB's hands faster and with a quick release the quick game is flourishing at WARP speed.  Seeing Brady dice up the Jets last week reaffirmed this for me.
B.  Gain leverage on rollouts and boots.  Namely weakside rollout single receiver outs or comebacks and the deep crossers on the boots with an occasional pull up shot home run.
C.  Tempo changer to run a sneak or an old school belly zone.  These plays just hit quicker even when the D knows they are coming.  Seem to have high success rate in fast tempo transition.
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1 comment:

  1. I think in our neck of the woods, you can look at OU and see the effectiveness they have had in controlling the tempo by being under center more and more. In my eyes, a lot of it has to do with the skill set of the qb. Less feet = more under center. Tom Brady for instance, or the recent qbs for OU have not been every talked in the same breaths as Vick or Denard Robinson. I hvae also been hesitant of the dabbling of the under center. I think you find your self in a typical Billick/Walsh/Greg Davis "overage" situation where you are spending valuable minutes and reps on something you do once or twice a game. I think it puts the snap count, therefore the tempo, in complete control of the qb. I see positives I see negatives, but I think it is in the hands of the OC to get the balance right of practice time relevant to game time.