His focus is trying to figure out what kind of offense Charlie Weis will run at Notre Dame. Michael believes that Weis will be in the mold of what we at Heismanpundit like to call the ‘Gang of Six’–our reference to the six teams (USC, Cal, Boise State, Louisville, Utah and Florida) whose offenses are currently setting the college football world on fire.
We are still skeptical that Weis is heading in that direction. Our doubts may be misplaced. Obviously, only time will tell. But here’s the best quote from a piece linked in the story, a telling line from Norm Chow:
With that in mind at USC on the dropback passing game, we will have nine passes… Everyone has to remember the pass routes. We have nine basic patterns. We teach four one day and five the next day. That is all we have. We feel very strongly about this. We are going to keep it as simple as we can, so our kids will go out on the field confident that we are going to make the play, and we are going to know what we are doing… We have one strongside vertical route, one middle vertical, and one weakside vertical. We have two horizontal-stretch routes, a man route, four verticals, and a cover 2 beater. That is all we do. We attack everyone we play with these plays. Our kids know these plays by the second day of practice.
Ah, so simple to learn, yet so hard to defend. It begs the question: Why would anyone try to install the clunky, complex, verbose West Coast Offense in college football?
Are you listenting Karl Dorrell, Bill Callahan, et al?