CROYLE: "I would say out of 16 plays we probably had seven or eight that we had the ability to change it. So that’s eight more than we had all of last season combined... It just kind of makes sense. If you go up there and they have eight guys in the box and you only have seven people to block them, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to run the football. That’s where Chan getting us into one-on-ones comes into play, you know, checking to the pass. If they’re playing cover two zone, run the ball at them, that’s your best chance. It’s just kind of stuff that makes sense.
Duh... (I believe the reference to "16 plays" were the ones he QBed in the opening preseason game, btw.)
Why can't common sense be more common? Did Solari think calling two plays in the huddle would be too complicated for men whose full-time job is playing football? I realize the use of personnel packages limits the playbook when you get up to the line. But sheesh!
Sometimes I think the coaches who are determined to play tough football refuse to use any kind of misdirection or "finesse" just because they want to prove they're not pansies. It's like, "Here's the play we're going to run. We're going to prove that we can execute it even if you know what we're going to do." You play to win the game, and if that can be accomplished with a little legal deception -- go for it! Being tough and being creative are not mutually exlusive strategies.
Thank you, Chan, for being man enough to wear socks with your sandals, and for mixing up the plays to confuse the defense while still being tough! Block quote from Q & A with Brodie 8/12.