These ideas are all great and I just printed off all the posts and faxed them (not emailed ) to CPR. He will be thrilled
I am excited to see if we run a two tight-end set next year with both Bruns out there. That could be real interesting. A lot of plays could be disguised with this formation. That could be what we need to establish a consistent running game. Also, I am not ready to give up on Messingham. Gotta give him some time, only one year on the job. Fix one thing at a time. Solve the o-line problem and see what else needs addressed. Two tight ends blocking should be able to handle any blitzes coming ISU's way.
Must be insecure or something?
I just try to get some good conversations going on here, that's all. If people don't want to talk ISU football, fine, then don't.
More talent would definately help. I think running backs are "good enough" and not the main problem. From my view out here in the cheap seats, the offensive play calling looks so predictable that D's know what we're going to do before we do it.
IMO...something that we rarely did this year that would help tremendously in the running game is using motion on offense. We just line up in formation and let the defense tee off on us. We don't force them to shift or change any coverages. We also never pull on the O-line with our guards/tackles/center. It is very effective when running to the edge and in misdirectoin. Having said that, we also never run misdirection plays. I know many ppl here love Woody, but he is a FB plain and simple. He can be effective in short yardage when he isn't 7 yards off the line but his best asset is blocking. I think he should be used as a lead blocker when running and as a protection back in the passing game. I also agree with several posters that utilizing an I-formation from time to time would be effective. On the rare occasion that we had more than 1 back in the backfield it was effective. Generally our RB's are very efficient but when the only get 10 carries a game it tells me that we are abandoning the running game. 4ypc is good enough for a first down. Also, anyone notice that we seem to throw deep over the middle to Jarvis West (our shortest player) quite often?? What chance does he have? I don't think Mess uses him in a way that is effective at all. He is a scat back. He needs to get the ball in space, on end-arounds, etc. Not over the middle or on fade routes or deep balls. He is too small and too vulnerable in those situations. Just some observations...
I'm looking forward to spring. I gotta say, I think that if Shaban Dika and/or Duaron "Big Dawg" Williams are healthy, and Ethan Tuftee makes it through a season without repeated injuries (as he hasn't the last two seasons), that's going to go a long way towards improving the running game.