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If you want to know what our offense will look like next year, just rewatch the 49ers game. Our offense is just like their except we didnt have a running QB and we didnt commit to the run as much, but for the most part, same sets, same motions. IMO, we are able to run downhill like that next season because our passing game is so good. We have the OL and we have the RBs and now, we have a mobile QB no matter who wins the job.
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........and your comparison on defense?
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Defense? Well, we may be able to play a run sound defense this year if Stoops keeps the LBs on the field first and second, doesnt make us sitting ducks before the snap. What I mean by that is we took a long time to start making people think about where we were lined up. Against Kst and ND, we were as static as I have ever seen. Static and scared to attack. That has to change.
How is OU going to do that with out an OL that can run block?
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They can run block. When we let them put a hand on the ground, we ran well. We start from the 2 point too much. Then, Heupul has to trust them. They are capable if we let them do it.
Not to argue but when OU needed to run the ball they could not get it done against KSU, ND A&M... One long run at WV and that was it. Against quality teams OU can not take a drive down the field running.
I disagree and its ok to argue. We didnt give the run game much of a chance against Kst and ND. We run with power so infrequently, that when we line up to do it, stevie wonder can see it coming. Huepul has to let our OL put a hand on the ground, but we will see. A TE on the line would help too.
Way to high jack a thread about the offense.
Now back to the original subject. With the o-linemen getting healthy again, they should be pretty stout. Losing Habern and Tyrus before the season started and then Williams late in the season hurt OU's ability to run the ball IMO. If Habern was able to play this year Ikerd would have been playing guard and Irwin would have redshirted like they had planned to do. But, you're right about having a mobile q.b. next season. It should help keep the defenses more honest and a mobile q.b. will be able to pick up some yards and first downs when the receivers are covered. Plus, everyone of the q.b.'s can pass which is all that much better.
I am asking, because I don't know. Do you think that OU coaches will allow the QB to come under center and the OL fire out for run blocking? It appears we have the players, if we can make adjustments to what they can do.
Agree 100% with this. The stats may have looked good this year, but against the better teams on the schedule, OU was not able to run the ball consistently like they needed to.
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Bruthaman, I agree that the O could be shaped the way you have described above with the talent on hand. We don't need a wholesale change of offensive sets, just some adjustments related to a QB that can effectively use his feet. It should also help the RBs to allow the QB to line-up under center in both pass and run plays.
Jetdoc, it will also help the running efforts to get Nila K. back in the lineup. He could be a road-grader for sure.
I'm going to disagree with james, Al and most talk show hosts. I don't think we are going to have a QB run game! We will not be running 6-10 zone reads a game. We will have our same offense, however we will have a QB that can scramble. We aren't looking for running QB's that can throw. We are looking for Pro style QB's. It just happens that our QB's are mobile enough to be able to run a bit.
So, my question to James and all. What constitutes a QB run game? Are you going to say, see I told you, when Bell has 60 yards in QB scrambles? I don't consider that a QB run game. Called QB runs or QB options, that's what I consider a QB run game and I don't think we will see that. No coach has said that we will.
Agree with the first paragraph. As we have discussed in other threads, we have now signed several QBs that can not only throw the ball, but also run. Certainly we know that B. Bell has better wheels than LJ.
I doubt we go to a QB run game where we are consistently running called QB runs/options. However, I believe that will depend on the D's we face. If opposing D's leave the QB run game wide open, then I anticipate we would give them a steady diet of QB run plays until they adjust. Not sure the opposing D will give us that luxury, particularly if Blake starts next year.
I expect that we will line-up under center more and also to have a QB that can take advantage of 15 yards of open field when we need to go 5 yards for 1st down. That alone would be a substantial change from what we have been doing with LJ.
So we are going to install some zone read option plays? Now, that would be an adjustment. Everybody else is doing it now in the NFL. Why not us?
I find myself wanting to disagree, but can't.
The long run, you mentioned against WVU, came when their big nose guard got knocked out of the game. He later returned and we could not move him. Our season came down to not being able to control the line of scrimmage when we really needed to. Notre Dame held the ball for all but one possession of the 3rd Q. Let that soak in... We had 1 freaking offensive possession in the 3rd Quarter.
FWIW, we had a lot of injuries, retirements, etc. We return one of the conferences best Offensive Lines next year. If we can catch a break and remain healthy, we should be able to run the ball much better. Having a running QB will help as well.
I bet we do install some zone read plays ... and next year they may actually get called from time-to-time, depending on what the D is giving us. That said, I do not see us trying to make zone read a primary focus of this offense.
My hope is that we can get to where we can control the ball/clock when we want too. Last year, we were actually not bad at controlling the ball at times, but I am afraid the D is going to need us to be able controll the ball very well next year and finish with TDs.
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