Raleigh Hokie Post-Pitt: Part 2

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Here we go with the final part of our weekly interview with Raleigh Hokie.

We saw shotgun, we saw the Pistol, we saw the spread, we saw power formations, a few specific hurry up plays, etc. We’re getting to the point where it seems like it might be time to scale things back. Do you think Tech will do that this year?

There’s a method to the madness, an intentional method. There’s got to be more to it. We use every formation that’s ever been invented. We motion it, we shift it, we have every personnel grouping you can imagine. We have the full kitchen sink of personnel and formations, as much as any college team probably runs.

At this level, with kids this young, you almost have to limit the number of plays you can run from any one combination of formation and personnel group. The numbers just have to be that way. If you have six different personnel groups and seven basic formations that you run from, then you’ve got 20 or 30 different combinations. You can’t have 300 plays in your game plan. So they are going to limit the number of plays.

Curt Newsome coaches up the offensive line.

To me, that tips everything off. For a defense, it’s easier to know what’s coming when a team runs only 4-5 plays out of each different formation. It’s easy to scheme against that. However, if you go into the game and you use just 3-4 formations, and you’ve got 15-20 plays per formation, that’s a lot harder for a defense to figure out.

But that’s a very simple thought process, and the coaches are a lot smarter than that. They’ve got a method to their madness. I just don’t understand bits of it.

Are they trying to do too much? Well, it sure seems like it. But will they scale back on formations? They don’t usually do that. What they do is scale back on what they do out of those formations, or they scale back on their different blocking schemes that they use. I don’t think they’ll scale back the formations. We’ll