August 27th, 2012 12:26 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Mack Brown, Mike Finger, NFL, SEC
Balanced on offense. Faster on defense. More physical in general. According to The Houston Chronicle, that’s Mack Brown’s new blueprint for Texas. And if it sounds familiar, SEC fans, it should. That blueprint comes straight from last year’s BCS Championship Game featuring Alabama and LSU.
Mike Finger writes that Texas’ coach paid special attention to that matchup:
“Both teams owned dominant defenses built on speed, aggression and an unending array of looks. Both teams employed diverse running games with multiple big-play threats. Both teams were loaded with NFL talent on the lines of scrimmage, in the secondary and in the return game. And neither asked its quarterback to be a superstar.”
Armed with that blueprint, Brown says the Longhorn program “is headed back in the right direction.” Well, as numerous teams in the SEC and around the country can tell him, that blueprint is easier to write down on paper than it is to actually put into action on the field.
Trying to mimic the typical SEC style is certainly a wise move considering the SEC’s big-game success over the past six years. But not everyone can make it work. Plus, Urban Meyer at Florida and Bobby Petrino at Arkansas both showed that you can win in the SEC without following the traditional blueprint. And Auburn’s superstar quarterback route worked pretty well with Cam Newton at the controls of Gus Malzahn’s up-tempo spread.
Run the football ball, have NFL-worthy linemen, be balanced on offense, have speed and aggression on defense, etc, etc. How many teams out there don’t want to go in that direction?
What’s interesting is that while Texas wants to try the SEC approach in the Big XII, Texas A&M has hired a coach known for throwing the football more than he runs it (though the perception that Kevin Sumlin doesn’t run the ball at all is way, way off base).
We’ll see who has more success in the long run. The Texas school trying to mimic the SEC. Or the other Texas school that’s actually joined the SEC.
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