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The Pistol Formation

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by gone native, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. gone native

    gone native Club Member Club Member

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    I've been reading up a little more on what the pistol formation is all about, and the concept is kind of blowing up right now in the NFL, with the Redskins and 49ers using the formation quite a bit. It allows flavors of the spread, I-formation and triple option, and it is made for a dual threat QB like Sefo. These recent articles with screen grabs are useful to illustrate the variety of attacks that can work from the pistol:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap10...i-triggers-washington-redskins-pistol-offense

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/...ol-offense-and-how-its-revolutionized-the-nfl
     
  2. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    Heh. I've been advocating a move to this formation as our base offensive package for years.

    A really good compendium (love that word) on the pistol from smart football:

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/footba...evada-s-Pistol-by-any-other-?urn=ncaaf-176983
    The above is a great introduction...

    and for a little more, along with some video breaking it down:
    http://smartfootball.com/run-game/more-on-the-pistol-offense

     
  3. BuffLuKe

    BuffLuKe Well-Known Member

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    Yep Nevada runs it better than anybody IMHO. Back when Kap was there, they'd roll up 250 or 300 yards rushing frequently, plus throw it very well. Of course Kap takes that O to another level but they always seem to be pretty damn solid.
     
  4. JWP303

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    Watching New Mexico Bowl pregame. ESPN just said they will be referring to the pistol formation as the "Nevada Formation" out of respect for the shooting yesterday. Um, ok?

    Edit: If you need to move/delete this post that's fine. Sort of topical, but not really in the spirit of the thread.
     
  5. BuffUp

    BuffUp W.T.T.F. Club Member

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    I'm excited...this is the type of offense that can be easily learned and make average players look good. If you are a stud or really fast, getting the ball in open space makes you look like a superstar. The few receivers we have should be extremely excited! In pro sets you wind up blocking more
     
  6. buffaholic

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    For those interested, the Nevada Pistol is on display right now on ESPN vs. Arizona.
     
  7. DBT

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    What are they calling the "shotgun?"
     
  8. gone native

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    Out of respect, they are calling that The Wedding Formation
     
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    skibum Peed in your Cheerios. Club Member

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    pure win
     
  10. ROFLCOPTER

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    A lot of teams utilize the pistol formation, but not many actually run the same type of offense as Nevada, with the QB truly a major factor in the ground game.
    Interestingly enough, prior to Kap's arrival they were actually more pass-based. Ault saw what he had on his hands in Kap and changed it to take advantage of what he had.
     
  11. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    The 49ers are pistol whipping the Pats in Foxboro.
     
  12. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    My daddy was a pistol, I'm a son of a gun.
     
  13. buffaholic

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    The QB running plays Nevada runs are mostly the same plays the Spread teams are running - zone reads. Where the QB is reading the outside guy (usually the DE), who is left completely unblocked.

    Just like there are Spread Teams running the QB zone read, and some don't.....
     
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    Whop whap whaaaa
     
  15. Buffenuf

    Buffenuf massive tool

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    Attribution? You know you didn't make that up! Dang me, I had that album in HS.
     
  16. bigbang2

    bigbang2 Typical, brain knowledge or the ability to have a

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    Dillon would be great in the pistol. You can watch the San jose state games on espn3.com. It certainly an upgrade over EB 3 yards and a cloud of dust offense. A combination of Powel and Abron will also be devastating to defenses in the pistol offemse.
     
  17. Sexton Hardcastle

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    I'm not sure if Powell is a great fit in a spread. He would definitely have to shed some lbs.

    What do you fellers think?
     
  18. DBT

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    :lol: as did I. RIP Roger. :thumbsup:
     
  19. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    Powell will be absolutely fine in a pistol oriented offense
     
  20. ZKobalt

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    **** yes, hope we get to see my favorite formation, the diamond.
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  21. Sexton Hardcastle

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    Yeah, he'll do fine in blocking situations, but he's not a receiving back. I think that will limit his role in the offense.
     
  22. Sexton Hardcastle

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    Is Powell quick enough to be the deep back in that formation? I have my doubts.
     
  23. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    He did pretty good out of the shotgun last season...

    The pistol favors big backs in the back because he will have momentum when he gets the ball.
     
  24. bigbang2

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    Powell will be fine, he did pretty well in EB offense. The pistol offense will actually increase Powell production. Teams will not be stacking the box with 9 guys when you have 3 or 4 wides in the spread look. More running lanes for Powell down hill power running.
     
  25. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    I take back everything I just said
     
  26. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    Powell will be fine in the pistol. SJSU had a "big back" package last year where they had a guy bigger than him as the single back. Powell is way faster than that guy, and he can catch. He's not a great screen back, but he is dangerous in the open field, if only because he might kill a cornerback.
     
  27. Walter White

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    I love this. Adding the run option for the QB position is like taking a defender off the field in the college game. I'm a huge fan of the pistol and any type of running spread.
     
  28. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    the MacAttack is not a running spread. It is a pass heavy spread offense run primarily out of the pistol. However, I bet it changes depending on the QB.
     
  29. gone native

    gone native Club Member Club Member

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    They did have a decent rushing game though, although they did not do a whole lot of QB rushing. Actually, teir stats compared favorably to the Broncos this year, as they averaged 327 passing yards and 124 rushing yard per game. Also, their leading rusher averaged 5 yards per carry. Here are 2012 stats from the SJSU website:

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  30. jpbuff

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    I would give my left nut to average 35 points per game.


     

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