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Constraint Plays: Something Hawk Never Understood.

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Darth Snow, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    http://smartfootball.com/offense/why-every-team-should-apply-the-constraint-theory-of-offense

    Sound familiar? :lol:. And there was a reason why the playcalling got so bad whenever Hawk got involved. Especially after one of his patented offseason redesigns to the spread/oneback shotgun/whatever the **** we were....


    Hawk loved (b) without ever understanding (a). Hell, on defense he preferred to protect against (b) without ever stopping (a). In essence, Hawk was the guy mentioned in the first paragraph.

    NCAA 12 footballers, this is great reading. Especially since us videogamers LOVE to find one play or formation that cheats and takes advantage of the broken features of the video game to make it difficult to beat... Here's to hoping they fix gliding super flying linebackers etc!

    Edit: And from what I've seen of the new staff, they really understand (a). Let's hope they understand (b) as well.
     
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  2. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    This was a criticism of Hawk all along - that he had no idea what he really wanted to do on offense. He was constantly throwing stuff out there in the desperate hope it would work. Every once in a while, it did. Most of the time, it was a miserable failure.
     
  3. GoBuffs08

    GoBuffs08 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah but we had player groupings. I'm never going to forget the first home game he rolled out that sweet new look out.

    Sitting in the stands thinking WTF, why are there like 12 people running on and off the field at the same time on the second play of the game, and how the hell are we going to get a play off before a delay penalty.

    Should have known right then that things were going to end very bad.
     
  4. BuffNut99

    BuffNut99 Club Member Club Member

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    You calling me a cheat? You know I "like to line up two tight ends and just go."
     
  5. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    IMO, D II was looking for any collection of grab bag plays CH could run...I really think it is that simple.
     
  6. TDbuff

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    Another example of Dan taking a good concept and driving it into the ground, kinda like he did with option (b) above. Personnel groupings are used by plenty of teams in college successfully, but it really gets used quite a bit in the NFL. I know the Patriots and the Saints use it a lot--and the whole goal is to create mismatches. By running people in and out, and lining up receivers/TE's/RB's in different spots, you confuse the defense, and you end up with mismatches. TE's end up on CB's, RB's end up on LB's, WR's end up on LB's, etc.

    Hawkins used it as a way to "maximize" the talent on his roster, i.e. get guys who normally wouldn't be playing, on the field. It works when you're an NFL team and your 3rd string WR is a 4th round pick. On Hawkins team, those alternates were walk-ons, and some of them shouldn't have been playing BCS football. So there were no mismatches, and defenses weren't confused.
     
  7. CUFan

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    It was such an effective strategy, it confused D2's players even more.
     
  8. Sexton Hardcastle

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    I was always confused as to why Dan tried to install a new offense every single spring. But read this:
    Dan was a bad coach. He didn't develop talent, and couldn't get the players to buy in. I don't think the offensive philosophy is what doomed him at CU.
     
  9. Sexton Hardcastle

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    Great link. SmartFootball.com is a great site.
     
  10. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    I agree. It was a contributing factor, though. The guy was a fool. A total goof. An incompetent simpleton. The fact that he had no offensive philosophy was a symptom of a larger problem.
     
  11. Sexton Hardcastle

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    Agreed. :)


    I like these threads. There's always really interesting opinions on how CU should run their offense.
     
  12. Sexton Hardcastle

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    Stupid question time. What was the offense that Mac had back in 94? I remember him using two TE's. The two TE formation?
     
  13. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

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    2 te, 2 wr, 1 rb.
     
  14. Sexton Hardcastle

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    Right, but was it actually referred to as the "two TE formation"?
     
  15. sackman

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    With Westbrook and Carruth at WR, Fauria and Lepsis at TE, and Salaam at TB, I believe it was called the "pick your poison" offense.
     
  16. Unleash Hell

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    And Stewart at QB.

    Damn how the hell did we lose to the skers that year? :bang:
     
  17. Idot Buff

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    No way we should have...best Buff team ever.
     
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  19. PhillyBuff

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    simple, we tried to run the entire first half... they dared Kordell to throw.... The Huskers got a quick lead and had field position the entire first half.... Their defense won the game....
     
  20. sackman

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    For all of Kordell's greatness, he had a brain lock when it came to the fuskers. His worst games came against them. I remember the 93 game when he was throwing the ball all over the place - except to our receivers. That probably played into Mac's decision to stick to the running game in 94.
     
  21. PhillyBuff

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    yes... he played terrible for 3 quarters in 93.... had some success but too late in 93 and 94 was a complete clusterF&*$........ In 1994 I was sitting at the 40 yard line surrounded by Nebrassholes who virtually conceded the game before it even started... with a sack full of Oranges ready to be deployed.... I was so sick at the end of the game I couldnt even bare to eat them....
     

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