Originally posted by Joecool:
Bill Musgrave is the Vikings OC. Ponder is in his second year. So what are they doing better in their WCO?
If we have only installed one-read passing game on offense because of our lack of pass protection, then our coaches or our QB are VERY, VERY dumb.
One would think they would tell Alex or Alex would know to read and then get out, like what we saw of Ponder.
I find it highly unlikely that our WCO is that basic in its second year or does not have an "escape" option for Alex. This is not believable. That's what a coach does for a rookie QB.
I find it more believable that Alex is not as effective in a multple post-snap read offense.
It depends on the type of WCO we are running (and where we are at with the installation)...there are many variations out there. In the past two games we came out passing to build leads and to set up the run esp. in the 2nd half. Our first, only-option worked and worked well. This time, like in the NFCCG, the secondary played tighter and seemed to lock down that only-option WR and the plays blew up. And I wouldn't call that "basic" as much as the plays were designed to take advantage of the Vikings and they came in with a tighter game plan and ran some really nice coverages if you, cough, cough, watch the tape. Guys you thought were open really weren't and most of the time Alex hit the only man he could (aka Captain check down, right?). How many deep routes did we run where that was the only-option? If you didn't notice, the Vikings looked like a quick-strike, only option too but their game plan worked b/c we were playing a mile off receivers and weren't prepared for the swing passes or Ponders speed/mobility. Even that TD run the play design got Willis out in coverage deep down the sideline and left a gapping hole in the middle of the field.
So it may not be a "basic" WCO as it is their actual game plan from week to week. In Stanford, was this the same type of offense?
And really, what can you do under 3 seconds? You have one primary option and quick check down if best right?