Baylor: 9 Initial Thoughts!

I was, and am, as upset as anyone about the game. So frustrating! But, I think a lot of the comments I’m hearing from fans and writers aren’t completely fair.

1. We are seeing the future of the conference. Briles is without question the best Offensive coach in the game, and Patterson is probably the best defensive coach in the game (no worse than second, depending on your opinion of Saban). But Briles now has a defense, and Patterson now has a great offensive coordinator.

Baylor’s recent rise has really helped their recruiting, and TCU in a power 5 conference has led to some much better recruiting as well. (You think their recruiting won’t get a huge lift after this year?) And Snyder will always have KSU in the top 3 or 4 in conference due to excellent execution and tireless work.

Patterson will probably lose his offensive coordinator sometime in the next few years and we’ll see what happens after that, although his shift in philosophy (allowing the offense to open up) means they at the very least won’t be shooting themselves in the feet due to stubborn antiquated offensive ideas.

Even if Briles loses his defensive coordinator I doubt he’ll have problems getting someone on par with him. Their offense allows their defense to be aggressive and it won’t be hard to find someone who can take their good athletes and be aggressive.

2. It’s easy to blame Mike Stoops for our defensive performance, but remember, even Patterson wasn’t able to stop Baylor’s offense. It’s simply unstoppable and the only ones who have been able to stop it are Baylor themselves.

3. Briles runs as perfect an offense as has probably ever existed. It’s the perfect example of what an offense should be from the top down. Briles will always be able to make adjustments, because of the foundation of the offense. It’s easy to criticize Heupel for not making adjustments, but it’s not that easy. To be able to make adjustments like that you have to change the foundation of the offense.

Briles understands every inch of his offense. It’s as efficient as an offense can be and it starts with very clear concepts. He knows everything a defense can do to try and stop it, and there are options in place to take advantage of them. So, you may limit them for a while, but eventually they will figure out how to score on you.

Our offense is a hodge podge of random plays and concepts and is such that we can’t make adjustments. All we can do is just move on to the next package of plays in the gameplan. There’s no structure to it, no efficiency, no cohesiveness. There’s no chess match going on.

What this game exposed, even moreso than has been exposed so far, is that we need desperately to wipe the offense and start over. New coordinator, new philosophy, new foundation. Stoops needs to do like he did when he first came here. He purposely took a single offensive mind, one he had the most trouble stopping as a defensive coordinator, and gave him full control over the offense to build it from scratch. No other coaches had authority and if Leach didn’t like something, it didn’t go in. When Mangino got upset at Leach, Stoops told him that whatever Leach wants goes! …Read the Rest of This Article by CLICKING HERE!

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Baylor: What Our Defense Was Doing!

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Baylor: Why Our Passing Game Didn’t Work!

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Baylor: How They Stopped Our Run Game!

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What You Need to Know About Baylor!

The game coming up against Baylor is huge and will probably define our season. There seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding Baylor’s offense in many people’s minds. It seems larger than life, and quite intimidating. It’s a very unique offense, and I love it. But, it’s a very simple offense that’s incredibly well designed and due to repetition it’s very well executed. In my mind, that’s what an offense SHOULD be.

I won’t go into too much detail, but I wanted to explain the basics of what Baylor does on offense and how we will most likely defend it.

Here is the main formation Baylor uses along with how we will most likely line up against it:

baylor1Notice how their WR’s are so close to the sideline! One side has a slot defender and the other is an isolated receiver. The space between the receivers and the OL means that it is impossible for whomever is covering the receivers to also defend the run. Normally, when you have a slot receiver in the formation the Nickelback (or OLB or Safety) lined up on him (or often shaded inside of him) will read the QB and if the QB hands the ball off he will come into the box to help the run. This gives the defense in essence an extra player.

It is almost impossible for a slot receiver to block the slot defender on a run unless the run is to the outside. He just can’t get a good angle. By splitting the receivers out, they force the slot defender to make a choice. They will run run/pass plays where the QB reads the slot defender and will either hand off or pass to the slot depending on which the defender chooses. Because of the distance between he and the box, he will have to choose one or the other, not both.

The Key to Baylor’s Offense Success

The key to Baylor’s offense success is that they make it impossible for defenses to do any of the things defenses normally do to gain an advantage. No defender can read the play and choose what to defend based on that. Spacing out the receivers from the OL is one way of doing that. But, they also do an incredible job disguising their run/pass blocking.

They are the best in the country at this, and it is absolutely impossible for the defense to key on anything to indicate run or pass. That means the safeties can’t read the OL and come up to help on the run or see pass blocking and drop back to help on the pass. A huge part of their offense is designed to take advantage of these reads. You’ll see the receivers running seam routes, in routes, and posts with the QB reading the safety or LB and if they come up to stop the run he’ll pull the ball and pass to the receiver.

baylor2Because of this, it’s impossible to defend them with 2 deep safeties. You just can’t do it. If both safeties are playing the pass they will run down your throat due to the numbers advantage in the box. If one of the safeties tries to read the run and come up into the box the QB will throw to the receiver left open.

Teams that don’t have elite defenders can’t match up with their receivers and thus have to use some kind of tactic to gain an advantage. But, Baylor takes advantage of this and thus puts up huge points against them. However, when they play teams with elite defenders that can match up with their receivers everything changes.

Zone defense won’t work against them because of what I previously mentioned, so the only way to really defend them is to cover their receivers with man coverage, have one safety in the box (or have a safety in man coverage with a LB in the box, same difference) with one safety back deep. The safeties can’t read the backfield, they must stay dedicated to either the run or the pass and trust in the rest of the defense.

This is what I suggested Mike had to do last year, and that’s exactly what he did. I expect him to do the same this year. I expect Hayes to line up on the slot receiver due to his coverage skills. A. Thomas (or whomever we put at free safety) will be key in this game. He must read the QB’s eyes well and stop the deep routes as best he can. Wilson, Sanchez, and Hayes must play their absolute best in man coverage, and the LB’s must make all their tackles so that the RB’s don’t get into the secondary – there won’t be much safety help.

Going Deep

Of course, none of this strategy would be effective if they didn’t have the threat of going deep. Their deep passing game is what scares defenses into trying these tactics that Baylor loves to take advantage of. Because of this, the key to Baylor’s success or failure vs a team who plays them straight up is whether they are able to pass the ball deep. Read the Rest of This Article by CLICKING HERE!

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