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    Problem with the Pistol Offense

    If I was a defensive coordinator against ISU, I would coach my defenders to take the running back out of the read option and make the QB run the ball. ISU has several running backs with experience and only one QB with experience. The quickest way to shut down ISU's defense, is to put its starting QB on the sidelines. The backup QB is a redshirt freshman who has never played. If he goes in, the offense will probably be very simple. I would bet that this is what UNI did in the first game. Sam Richardson ran more than 20 times in that game. Every time he runs, the defense gets their shots on him. The more he gets tackled the greater the chance he will end up on the sideline watching the game. If the defense takes the running back out of the read option, our coaching staff has to protect their QB and stop running the zone read. The end result of the UNI game was Sam Richardson was injured. It impacted his game against Iowa. When he did run he went down quick before he was hit, gaining little. According to our coaches today, his ankle made it hard for him to set his feet properly when he was passing and he was off target most of the first half.



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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    This is what UNI did.



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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    Revolutionary



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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    What does this have to do with the Pistol?



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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    It's how the UNI game cost us the Iowa game.

    Thanks Mess...



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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by cyborg View Post
    If I was a defensive coordinator against ISU, I would coach my defenders to take the running back out of the read option and make the QB run the ball. ISU has several running backs with experience and only one QB with experience. The quickest way to shut down ISU's defense, is to put its starting QB on the sidelines. The backup QB is a redshirt freshman who has never played. If he goes in, the offense will probably be very simple. I would bet that this is what UNI did in the first game. Sam Richardson ran more than 20 times in that game. Every time he runs, the defense gets their shots on him. The more he gets tackled the greater the chance he will end up on the sideline watching the game. If the defense takes the running back out of the read option, our coaching staff has to protect their QB and stop running the zone read. The end result of the UNI game was Sam Richardson was injured. It impacted his game against Iowa. When he did run he went down quick before he was hit, gaining little. According to our coaches today, his ankle made it hard for him to set his feet properly when he was passing and he was off target most of the first half.
    The pistol offense is not the problem. The problem is what we are doing in it. You can run the pistol very effectively without ever running the zone read or designed QB runs.



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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    So what you're saying is the only problem with ISU's pistol is no bullets?



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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    The Pistol is not an offense. It's a formation



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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    How come people don't understand the difference between a designed QB run and Sam scrambling?


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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by FootballinTexas View Post
    The pistol offense is not the problem. The problem is what we are doing in it. You can run the pistol very effectively without ever running the zone read or designed QB runs.
    Correct! I'd like to see us run the pistol, but use hardly any zone read off of it. Especially with a hobbling QB. Just hand it directly to the RB. You don't have to get too fancy. Bring Wimberly in motion from the slot on occasion as well to test the edges once in a while on an end around counter.

    I see high school teams run the pistol better than we can. Mess just LOVES the zone read, even when he has a QB on one foot that is no threat to run. Explain that one.



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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    Maybe we are experiencing a conservative implementation period.

    The pistol can be dynamic and unpredictable. Two things our offense rarely is.


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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    I had a dream last night that we ran something called "the Uzi". 3-5 play bursts of successful pistol. I think there were three in the backfield. Whatever it was it was working...



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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatllDoCy View Post
    Maybe we are experiencing a conservative implementation period.

    The pistol can be dynamic and unpredictable. Two things our offense rarely is.

    The pistol was installed by our new o-line coach. The glaring, most obvious problem? Everyone assumed it would work similar to the U of Nevada from a few years ago...

    uhh...just missing a mobile QB with a cannon arm. No big deal. Coach Mess will fix it




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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    Let's implement the Buckshot. Huddle then run in every direction.


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    Re: Problem with the Pistol Offense

    I think all of this is a moot point. As with every offense, skill, talent, speed, brains, and unpredictable play calling wins. IF you have less on all of the above categories you become average at best. If you have less on all of the above and predictable play calling - you manage only 68 yards in a half of football.


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