The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Wide Receivers, the ’30 Package’ and Scripted Plays

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1.) We used to read about our first x-number of plays being “scripted”. Is that something that the present staff is doing or is it more situational now? – DonHo-kieHi

Chris Coleman: That’s a very good question. I was actually thinking about that recently. To refresh your memory, Bryan Stinespring used to script the first 15 plays of the game. He did that because he wanted to know early in the game how defenses were aligned against certain formations and personnel groupings. That would give him a better idea of what to call later in the game. 

That line of thinking made sense, though I’m not sure it actually worked as well as intended. There is nothing stopping defensive coordinators from changing up their tendencies and alignments after the first couple of drives. Football is a game of chess for four quarters. There are constant adjustments.

Another reason I don’t think it was a great idea is because the Hokies just didn’t run very many plays in a game back then. The offense was slow and methodical. Take 2006 for example. Here are the number of plays the Hokies ran in each game…

Northeastern: 54
UNC: 48
Duke: 60
Cincinnati: 56
Georgia Tech: 81
Boston College: