The Texas Longhorns have been searching for an offensive identity since Colt McCoy graduated and entered the NFL draft. They still haven’t found it, so Texas head football coach Mack Brown is changing it yet again and following the crowd with the new style of up-tempo offense.
While McCoy was becoming the winningest quarterback in college football history at the time, Texas ran the spread offense, which included read options and lots of shotgun passes for the signal-caller. Texas had a top-five offense in McCoy’s junior and senior seasons, the latter including a BCS National Championship game appearance.
As an old-school Texas football fan, it’s upsetting to me to see this proud program join the crowd and make the offense their focus. For so many years, the Longhorns’ defense was stifling, which was why they had so many 10-win seasons and were always in the top 10 or 15 teams in the country. Now it appears those days will never return.
Of course, a team like Oregon puts up ridiculous amounts of points that resemble college basketball scores instead of football, but they also typically have a solid defense and tons of rushing yards. Texas won’t be running anything quite as crazy as the Ducks’ offense, but the Longhorns have a dynamite stable of running backs and a mobile quarterback in David Ash who is really ideal for such an offense.
I guess you have to credit Brown for game planning around the talent he has and it’ll make old-school guys like me feel a lot better if the defense is still solid despite the offensive focus and the running backs get plenty of carries. Whether or not the 2013 season is fun for Texas, it’s going to be interesting to watch.