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We have so many weapons on offense this year with the possibilities being endless. At TE, James "cannot be covered in 7 on 7's", Carter was on watch list for top TE in country, Wilkerson looks to be just as good. Still have Lehman and Gilliam with Breneman on board. At RB, ZZ will dominate but Belton is working his ass off and Lynch is very good. WR is loaded with talent with Lewis tabbed as their most athletic with Robinson back as best in Big10 by a lot. How will BOB address this "problem"? I have read articles on using 3 TE/no slot, 2 TB/ no FB. You know BOB has something up his sleeve that will look different and allow the QB to excel. What is your best guess? I am guessing slot and FB will be scrapped and replaced with crazy formations to get all of these guys all over the field.
This post was edited by 2017Champions 17 months ago
We have some nice players. But we arent loaded with studs all over the field. Robinson and Carter are the only guys that are guaranteed to be on the field at all times. Zwinak should be most of the time. James and Lehman are nice players, obviously James has more upside between the two. Belton, Lynch, Wilkerson and Lewis have alot to prove and havent done a thing yet. Gilliam isnt a playmaker. So I dont see this "problem" that you speak of. The best players will play, period.
This post was edited by NevadaNittany 17 months ago
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Look no further than New England if you want to see what BOB has up his sleeve.
Don't forget, when he was hired, and asked about his offense, he called it a “game plan offense", that would change week by week depending on the opponent. That being said, I expect we a little of the “H-back" role, that the Pats use Hernandez in. We saw it last year a bit, but I think they will be more creative with it this year.
The personnel packages will depend on the defenses, and what they are willing to give us. A team with slower LBs should see more multiple TE packages, as these backers will not be able to cover them. Strong cover 2 teams should see more 3 wide receiver looks attacking the seam and sidelines between the CBs and Safeties. If a team is weak up front, expect the ground and pound style.
Best part is, this is a constant evolving offense, designed to attack any teams weaknesses in a variety of different ways. Should be fun!
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Disagree...Robinson, James, Carter, and D Smith are all studs that need to be on the field at all times. I think we see a steady mix at RB. BOB has shown he will play the best player and who works the hardest during practice.....well Belton has got the fire lit under him and I think BOB rewards him if he keeps that up. Really excited to see a healthy, motivated Belton + Zwinak combo. Add Lynch to the combo and we're looking really good at RB. WR is where we need someone to step up outside of ARob. I'm not sold on Moseby-Felder being that guy yet. Really hope Lewis can take and run with that role.
What you are talking about is simply depth at offense. Being able to shuttle in fresh new players or pick up for someone that goes down due to injury is what BOB is building for the offense. You don't need a gimmick offense just get everybody reasonable playing time. This work last year, especially with the offensive line and it paid big dividends. What worries me is that we are not even in the same county considering depth on defense. We were relatively injury free on D last year. I am concerned if the injury bug bites in 2013.
I agree with your point but disagree with talent level. We return 4 good TE's, two who are going to be a force. Stable is full at WR and RB. But this is the kicker IMO. When this staff speaks highly of a kid, he comes out and has a big year. They are talking up Lynch and particularly Wilkerson and Lewis every chance they get. They had the same praise for a 2 star freshman TE last year who could have been named top TE if not for injuries. I am pretty sure this offense is loaded with more talent than we have seen in a while.
You are correct with everything in your post! There are offensive weapons all over the place.
However, unless Steven Bench, who might be the front-runner right now to start due to being in and knowing the system the best right now, comes through, those weapons mean zilch. Matt McGloin was special only because he had 2 years of playing and starting some games under his belt. What we have next year at the QB position will be not as experienced, game wise.
I see Hackenberg red-shirting, since he is coming in the summer with not much chance to get into the playbook. It will do him a world of good to sit out and get the feel on the college level. Same with Brenneman. Too many TE's, and give the knee a good year to heal.
I'm still excited to see who leads the offense next year. We certainly have the skill positions locked and loaded.
You should post more. Excellent post. +1
The days of us needing "4-5 star studs" on offense in order to be even remotely good, are gone. Look at what happened last year with guys nobody talked about at all. Robinson and Carter for example. The offense is designed to make solid players play great. It doesn't matter if we have "studs" because we don't need them. The only thing required is a QB who can handle the decision making on the field. If we have that every year, the offense will be good every, single, year.
Really not trying to be a Debbie Downer, but this staff has been here 1 year. 1.
Good point. Everyone was so happy to see something positive last year in the midst of the drama that going overboard seems to be the norm now. I really like this staff and am super excited to see the team again but one year does not make a genius.
Agree 100%. I truly believe that this offense is such that the QB will always excel because of the system. Create high percentage throws by creating mismatches with TE's. I didn't miss a game last year and saw that without a big arm, McGloin was able to repeatedly hit open receiver after open receiver on shorter, high percentage throws made possible by the system. McGloin failed under Jay P because the system used was one in which MM could not excel. In NE, Brady throws most balls very short but is obviously very effective. I am cautiously optimistic that our QB this year will put up big numbers because the offense is set up to make sure that happens.
I am in no way taking away from McGloin last year. But do we agree that many college QB's would have excelled last year in this system. I love McGloin but repeated mismatches created by the offense made for a lot of easy throws that made for a good box score. To be honest I sat at a couple of games last year in which I thought the QB play looked shaky only to look at the box score and see good looking stats.
I was speaking to that one comment in particular. I have complete confidence in the staff both on and off the field. They've given me no reason not to so far. Would certainly not use the word genius, but I'm pretty sure BOB's scheming will impress again next year.
Agree that we have a lot of talent, but the biggest deciding factor on offense will be the health/stability of the o-line. We don't have good depth on the line and without a good line to give the new QB some protection and the rbs some good holes, the receivers and rbs won't have the kind of impact we are hoping for.
look out for kenney and trevor williams out of the slot too.. welker was the key receiver in bob's offense with the pats.. teams will focus on the TE's and Arob, someone out of the slot is bound to explode this year with a new qb where short passing routes will be a premium...
If Bench wins the job expect some zone read.
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Who is D Smith? I'm not aware of a D Smith on this teams offense.
Our starting left tackle.
Oh, I was thinking skill position players. Afterall, this thread was about getting skill position players on the field.
Yes, Smith is a stud.
Agree on the weapons, but you left out a very, very important element to make this all work to it's optimum level: The offensive line. It all goes as the Offensive line goes. But, here - I would say we will be better than average....We have solid players, and a few incoming studs. I think we'll field a really good starting 5 - maybe a question about depth, but - all-in-all - we will have a very formidable offense next season, no doubt about it!
I wouldn't let myself get caught up in all those "studs". When they take the field in Columbus, we'll see what happens when they line up against a defense of solid blue chips. If they whip 'em, I'll buy in. Otherwise, take a breather as they ain't playin' Illinois and Iowa every week son.
Exactly. This thread is way too full of the blue kool-aid.
Another thing we need to consider is we have a new DC also. Our offense can be one of the best in the country but if our D can't stop anyone then we could be in for a long year. Or as was stated earlier, getting hit by the injury bug.
This is the best collection of skill talent since 08, when we had NFL talent all over the place (Royster, Quarless, The Amigos, Shuler). James and Carter are going to be monsters. Robinson is a top-level WR, the best we've had in ages. Zwinak has proven himself a 1000 yard back. Felder and Lehman are proven contributors who can be dangerous in their own right. Belton absolutely has the talent to be an effective weapon and it sounds like the lightbulb has gone on for him.
The biggest question will be the young pups. Williams, Lewis, Lynch, Wilkerson, Breneman (maybe), Hamilton (maybe). If we can get a couple of those young guys to contribute we are going to be awfully explosive.
Just need the QB.
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