Monday, September 12, 2011
For those interested in Dan Mullen...
I submit this: For 59:30, the MSU gamplan had been to run a shotgun-based read-option game. They had racked up enough points using that offense to be only one score back of Auburn in the waning moments. They had picked up first down after first down, and scored touchdown after touchdown out of that offense.
With the ball on the two yard line, and a time out remaining, Mullen goes to the I-Formation and attempts a power run which is stuffed and MSU is forced to call their final timeout with 10 seconds remaining. They're on the 2 yardline. They have 10 seconds. Conventional wisdom says, you can get two plays in if the first is a pass. I mean, if you want to bang it in, fine...but you could try something else FIRST and then resort to the run after...because if you run the ball, the game is over...win or lose. If you throw it, you can bail yourself out.
Mullen calls an I-Formation Option play which is stuffed at the goal-line, and time runs out.
This is the coach that people think could do a better job running the Georgia Football Program.
I mean, so many folks hate Bobo for not adhering to what works...but at least he does his experimentation throughout the game. You're not gonna find him "trying something out" on the 2 yard line, down by 7, with 10 seconds to go. Mullen tried to "Man Up" and "Get Tough" against Auburn....a team whose D-Line is much more accustomed to that style of play than MSU's is.
Playcalls like that definitely don't win you titles. I'll keep Mark Richt, thanks.