Options market in Irish backfield
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#1 Aug 13, 2008
We've been proposing this for some time. What happens if we put BOTH Hughes & Allen or Hughes & Aldridge on the field at the same time & go with a 2 back offense in the "I" or split back formation? We think that our offense would be MUCH stronger & it would open up the passing game. It worked for USC a few years ago. Why do we continue to press ahead with a single back offense & waste the options that are available with 2 GOOD running backs on the field at the same time? Why does one HAVE to be the "FB" Schwapp? Ain't rocket science folks. ND is missing out on the chance to have an EXPLOSIVE offense with 2 backs & a throwing QB - Mr. Inside (Hughes); Mr. Outside (Allen); Mr. Aerial (Clausen or Crist). Food-for-Thought. We wish someone would suggest that to Charlie or Mike Haywood!!
#2 Aug 15, 2008
Blocking was the problem last year - Jim Brown and Bo Jackson would have had a tough time making good yardage in half the games they played last year.
If the offensive line is dominant then even an average back looks good - if the line stinks up the joint - then even a great back looks mediocre - and given the situation last year the best thing is to have fresh legs in there so the backs don't get hurt and can make something happen if the defender makes a mistake.
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