It's time to pull the trigger on...

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  1. GP

    GP Go Texans!

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    ...The Run-N-Shoot.

    You want to completely scrap this failed Broncos II experiment? You want to see this team actually DO something? To become a weapon of mass yardage?

    Then bring back the Run-N-Shoot. Except this time, head it up with the guy who is about to coach TTU to a national championship. Bring in a guy who sees 1:30 left on the clock and KNOWS his team is going to win. Bring in a guy who is a proven winner with a cast of players that no other Division I team would care to offer a scholarship to. Bring in a guy who has a fascination with pirates because pirates take what they want. :pirate:

    And then draft the QB for the team who is about to win the national championship. Draft the guy who passes the ball for a living. Draft the guy who could translate the offense from the HC to the other players. draft the guy who throws the ball to Andre Johnson, Jr.

    Drastic times call for drastic measures. We cannot run the ball in this scheme, we cannot get our magnificent QBs to play well in this system on a consistent basis against legitimate teams.

    When we ran the run-n-shoot, it was an identity. It was a culture. You cannot hide the fact that when you look back on Houston pro football, that your best years as a fan were the times when Webster Slaughter, Ernest Givins, Haywood Jeffires, and the rest of the crew were running circles around defenses. We were going to win the Super Bowl one year when the system was clicking at its best, but the engine stalled and Bud Adams was already throwing the components overboard for his jump out of Houston.

    Your tired of sucking? Then petition our owner and let him know that they took our colors. They took our logo. But they can never take our freedom--Our freedom to pass for 400 and even maybe 500 yards a game.

    Mike Leach, at some point, IS going to jump to the NFL and try to raid the NFL like the pirate he his. Let's see to it that Bob McNair is the smart guy who pays the pirate to raid the other 31 teams in the NFL.

    I'll be making a signature and avatar for it later this evening. I am tired of sucking, and I don't mind sticking my neck out there for someone (Leach) that a lot of you hate only because he's beating down YOUR favorite college team(s). The guy is OWNING teams right now. "It's a system...it's a system..." Yeah, and it's a dang good one. Beats our Broncos II system to you-know-where-and-back.

    Who's tired of tinkering with bits and pieces of a failing system? Or do we just want to believe that hoping and wishing is going to bring the desired results? Drastic times call for drastic measures. Sometimes, you have to storm the ship and cut a few throats. :pirate:
     
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  2. noxiousdog

    noxiousdog All Pro

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    I thought it was pretty well established that college coaches don't convert to the pros very well.
     
  3. utahmark

    utahmark markbeth

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    people figured out how to stop the run n shoot.

    the only thing wrong with our offense right now is our qb's and the fact they turn the ball over to much. now you want to put them in the run n shoot.:gun:
     
  4. Hervoyel

    Hervoyel The Right Track

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    Sorry, flaw in your plan.

    Also I'd rather be running the ball for a couple hundred yards a game and winning as opposed to throwing it for four hundred but that's just me. I'm at the point right now where I'd be willing to try just about anything to get the Texans out of the cellar.
     
  5. GP

    GP Go Texans!

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    How many NFL coaches have ZERO college coaching experience?

    Jimmy Johnson did OK. So it's possible.

    The only thing that held back Mike Leach from doing (in the past) what he's doing now? A defense. Which would be handled in Houston pretty quickly if a new HC were brought on board.
     
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    Couldn't agree more

    G. Harrell 40/50 456 yards 9.1 yds per comp 6tds 0int

    What I also loved was when the Pirate put in next years QB and he went 5/5 for 60 yards and a score just to let everyone know we got players for next year.

    Ill sign your petition
     
  7. GP

    GP Go Texans!

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    But the Oilers utilized the screen pass to Lorenzo White (and later on to Gary Brown) as if it WERE the same as running the ball. It was a long handoff.

    The thing that makes me believe we could do it is that we have the firepower on our WR and TE group, as well as a REAL bonified spread offense RB who is already here.

    We have the components in place, right under our noses. We just need the captain (Leach) and the QB (Harrell) to implement it.

    I'm not afraid of the thought of returning to the Run-N-Shoot. Why? Because what we HAVE is not working. I even think we could put TTU and the Texans on the field today, and I think the Red Raiders would win or give them a run for their money.
     
  8. noxiousdog

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    I'm sure it's possible, but it's the exception. Patrino, Saben, Spurrier, and Davis were absolutely terrible, and all had significantly better resumes than Mike Leach.

    That's just off the top of my head. It's a different game with a different skill set.
     


  9. Errant Hothy

    Errant Hothy Hypermediocrity

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    Leach's offense will more then likely not work in the pros. Hell, there are times it doesn't work in college. The spread is a college offense, think of it as the passing version of the triple option. Works great in college, but will fail in the pros simply because of the increased athleticsim of the defenses in the NFL.

    Plus I want Leach at Tech for the rest of my life if at all possible.
     
  10. GP

    GP Go Texans!

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    They failed because they tried to be a college coach on a pro team, and by trying to pull the RELATIONAL MANIPULATION by the HC that works in college...doesn't work against pro players. College coaches can end or severely hamper a college players' career hopes if the player doesn't abide by the HC's wishes. And when they jump to the pros as a HC, they find out that they cannot bulldoze the players and coaches...they get resentful and agitated, and the lose locker room control. Period.

    Mike Leach is not a typical college coach. In fact, he's more of an NFL coach: Laid back, confident, and trusting of his cast members. He would get the players he needed, carry his scrap paper that has his 12 plays on it, and let them do their thing.

    He doesn't pull the rah-rah locker room speeches and stuff that college coaches try to do when they become a pro HC.
     
  11. Marcus

    Marcus Ruthless pragmatist

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    The NFL has another name for the Run-N-Shoot.

    It's called the Chuck-N-Duck.

    Yeah, it works in college. But with the speed of NFL defenses - nada.
     
  12. GP

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    Not true.

    A VERY scaled-down version of it worked when the Oilers ran it. That system was kid's play compared to what Leach runs today. Leach took that system and perfected it.

    People laughed at TTU when Leach instituted it at Tech. "Ah, it's just a gimmick!" was the response. And a porous defense helped to hide the offense's true potential (That, and a lack of a running game). But look what happend when both of those were addressed and improved upon: They are clicking, just like Pardee's team did back in the day.

    It worked in Houston, but the timing of Bud's jump from Houston (and the debacle in Buffalo, and the aging of Moon) spelled the end of it. But it DID work in the NFL, even on a much smaller scale than what is done today.

    Plus, someone is going to pony up the money to get Mike Leach eventually. That's a given, I think. Some NFL owner, somewhere, is going to get tired of sucking and the light is going to go on inside his head.

    This is a day of innovation and risk-taking. I think it'd work.
     
  13. GP

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    My counter is this: It actually negates defensive speed because of the vast amount of adjusting the WRs do "on the fly." It's a system that thrives on taking advantage of what a defense does.

    WRs adjust their routes in the middle of the play, running to open parts of the field based upon where the defense had chosen to vacate.

    THE only way to stop the spread? Do what Alabama did to Tech in the Cotton Bowl: Get to the QB all day long. Ask DeMeco Ryans about that.

    I look at the sack numbers, the interception numbers, and the W-L column of the Raiders against very legitimate teams...and I think it can translate to the pros. The only kicker is this: Protecting the Qb, and having a QB who can get rid of the ball no matter what.
     
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    Wolf 100% Texan

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    I don't like Oklahoma but bob stoops is a heck of a coach rather have him try out than Leach
     
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    GP Go Texans!

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    I am sensing that the real opposition to this idea is based upon an inability to take a risk. Which I find laughable.

    Because what we've tried to do for three years is not working unless we schedule the Lions and the Bengals every other weekend.

    I'm going to stop for awhile, because I think I addressed a lot of poster's concerns...which I think are actually a veil for a larger issue: Not wanting to be seen as a gimmick by the sports media. Tech is overcoming that stigma quite nicely.
     
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    Errant Hothy Hypermediocrity

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    The Run-N-Shot died in the second half on that fateful day in Buffalo. You may win games with the run-n-shot, but you will not win a title with it.
     
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    Even in Madden WR's have options on their routes. I'll take a wild guess that NFL playbooks are slightly more complicated than Madden.
     
  18. texanhead08

    texanhead08 Hall of Fame

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    We have no room to rip the run and shoot we havent won games much less have the room to cry about an offense not winning a title.
     
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    Errant Hothy Hypermediocrity

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    Dude, I went to Tech and have an unhealthy man-crush on Leach, but I have serious doubts that Leach's offense will work in the pros.

    The difference in talent between a group of pro LBs and DBs and their college counterparts in staggering. Tech completed most of their passes agaisnt the middle of OSU defence llast week. Why? Because their LBs were unable to cover Techs WRs. I don't recall seeing any of OSU's LBs being list as pro potential. See the 2005 Cotton Bowl (or the vast majority of the Tevh v UT or Tech v OU games) for what happens when an atheltic LB corp and secondary meet Tech.

    On top of that Tech's offense works because the QB is given an insane amount of time to make his reads and to wait of routes to develop or WRs to break free. As any Texans fan should know, few NFL QBs get the amount of time in the pocket that Harrell does.

    The other factor in all of this is Leach himself. The man is to different to be an NFL head coach. And I think he knows it.
     
  20. Texan_Bill

    Texan_Bill Subscribed Contributor

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    Winner, winner... Chicken dinner. Hoth summed it up the best. It will allow you to win games, but not so much in the play-offs...
     

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