EGRAMMY, I will attempt to explain the differences as simply as possible.
Non Spread Offense: A normal offense is based on tighter knit formations where most of the players are condensed into smaller formations These types are typically built with, bigger, stronger athletes and is used best for a power running game. Tressel used this type of scheme to run the play clock (it became known as Tresselball) This style is what we as Buckeye fans are most used to, going back to the days of Woody Hayes.
Spread Offense: Spreading the formations out across the width of the field, this in turn spreads out the defense. The goal is to open lanes vertically, creating gaps in the defense. The goal is to run around the defense, not through them. This allows faster players to do what they do best and find open spaces in the field in which to run.
As I have been saying, this years team has been built prior to Meyer's entrance. The aim pre-Meyer was more so power related, or non-spread. Meyer is known for implementing a Spread offense. He has started to do so by recruiting a different faster type of player, and given time he has shown that this method works. i just don't see it having too much of an early impact.
If any of that is confusing, I apologize, but I am willing and able to answer questions you might have. :)
I still don't get the spread, but did read this on bleacherreport.com today " Kirk Irwin/Getty Images
Urban Meyer's offense is all based on getting his playmakers the ball in the best position to succeed. One of the easiest ways to get his most talented receivers the ball in space is through the screen game. If you want to be a successful WR in this offense, you better become accustomed to this type of play.
Each receiver will be looked to on short screen passes, and if these wide outs can make something out this simple play, this offense will be well on its way. While a lot of the success in a wide receiver screen is predicated on how the blocking is around him, it requires solid vision and an ability to run after the catch."
I agree with you. I don't believe we have all the players we need to run the spread, but Boren and Hyde will also be nice on rainy cold days when the spread isn't as effective. Recruitment class of 2013 screams spread all the way.
Very true when it comes to the lack of bowl game. It is the perfect setup in which to bring in a new system, because errors can be made without the fear of missing out on postseason play. The preseason articles and people who have us predicted as an undefeated team by years end, are in my opinion mistaken. If I read/saw the same article, the "special" position comment was in regards to FB Zach Boren. My guess is that he and Hyde both will be used in formations where the HB starts behind and outside the TE. Both are amazing talents that need to be utilized, and a spread system doesn't work for them...this is the main reason why I feel like we as fans will get to see more of the smash mouth big ten football that we are used to. The personnel just isn't there yet. The future is exciting though, Urban has proven that his style works, and he is just as much a buckeye diehard as any of us. :)
I agree with you about Hall. I believe I read that Urban was going to use him for a "Special" position. Another article said that this is a great year to implement the spread because we don't have a bowl game. Said we can really experiment because we really have nothing to loose. Same article said we will win 10. Who knows?
Due to the personnel on this years team, and because of past years recruiting, Urban's "spread offense" is something that is going to take some time to implement. The old saying goes "Rome wasn't built in a day," same with pretty much any system in football scheming. In order to run a successful spread the team needs a quicker smaller backfield, and receivers that can open up passing (rushing if necessary) lanes for the QB. He has a great opportunity using Mr. Braxton Miller to mold his system since he is exactly the type of QB needed for the spread. However, with the injury sidelining Jordan Hall, I have trouble seeing the backfield being capable of this rapid a system change. Carlos Hyde, for example, was not built to spread the field, but more so to run the other side over. It is my guess that we see more of the traditional Ohio State offense this year that we're used to as Urban slowly implements those system changes that he is known for. It is the ideal situation for this team and a new system, with no bowl game this season, errors can be made as long as progression is made alongside.
Thanks for educating me Fans. I also looked up spread offense on wikipedia...."The spread offense is an offensive scheme in American and Canadian football that is used at every level of the game including professional (NFL, CFL), college (NCAA, NAIA, CIS), and high school programs across America and Canada. The spread offense begins with the quarterback in the shotgun formation most of the time, and often employs a no-huddle approach. The fundamental nature of the spread offense involves spreading the field horizontally using 3, 4, and even 5-receiver sets. Some implementations of the spread also feature wide splits between the offensive linemen. The object of the spread offense is to open up multiple vertical seams for both the running and passing game to exploit, as the defense is forced to spread itself thin across the field (a "horizontal stretch") to cover everyone." There is much more including the history etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spread_offense
You are correct. The Spread offense spreads the field with more receivers. We in the Big Ten Run with An I formation, halfback and full back in the backfield, usually one behind the other forming an I. The biggest problem that I know of for the spread is the weather. As it gets colder the ball gets harder and is harder to throw and catch. The SEC is big on spread offenses and the Big Ten likes good old fashioned power football.
It's hard to say because defense in the Big Ten is traditionally tough but with all these teams conforming to offensive-only scoring 60pt a game teams, you never know what you're gonna get in the way of defense anymore. I look forward to some offensive creativity though after suffering through the Tressel-ball era that's for sure.
So what are your thoughts of Urban bringing the Spread Offense to Ohio State. Will he try or will he stay with the I power back. Looking at his recruiting is interesting. He is definitely building a defense to stop the spread from the looks of it. Will a spread offense work in the Big Ten ????????
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