Me too. I’m also concerned that slowing things down and moving away from the spread is going to require a level of offensive line play that we have never had, in fact I was always under the impression that the spread was created to counter the inability of teams like ours to get the big “corn fed” linemen that go to schools like Alabama, ou and Ohio state—that the spread uses speed and space to counter size and strength. It gives schools like ours that can’t compete for 5 star linemen a fighting chance if we can get good skill position players, especially receivers and a quarterbacks.
Maybe slowing things down helps your defense. My question would be though, which is longer, a 6 play, 80 yard touchdown drive or a 3 and out series?
Probably. The offense and defense are not completely independent. But does anyone have stats for avg number of possessions by both our offense and defense? A slower offense will generally give the defense more rest, but that may evaporate if the offense is unable to sustain drives.
Last year our defense gave up 2.55 points per possession. This year they've only given up 1.86. That's the lowest average we've had since 2013 when we were really good on defense. They've also forced 4 more turnovers than last year, and they still have the bowl game to add to that total.
This defense was significantly improved in Coach Knowles second season. They could be even better next year since they only lose 1 starter. Next year is setting up to be a really special year if Hubbard & Wallace don't leave early for the NFL.
It is interesting that our best offense and best defense seem to be close together but never actually together. Examples - 1984 D/1988 O. 2011 O/2013 D. 2017 O/2019 D. OK, the 2017/2019 example doesn't quite fit with the others, but it is close enough to include in the list for fun.
I’m just being honest and it’s only an opinion. That said, It makes perfect sense, I want a team that can score.
The flip side to your scenarios is just as valid.
Now we have the ball down 49-42, yes I want a team that I have no doubt can, and will, go score to win. I have much more confidence there than being down 10-3 with an offense that struggles.
There is a balance somewhere. Ohio State does it, Clemson does it, ou has changed their defense this year but the identity is still offense. So has Baylor. We have proven we can play offense with the best of them and this year started to find a defense. Why not just do both?