Bobby Petrino’s offense with Texas A&M
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher took an unconventional route during his deep search for the program’s new offensive coordinator this offseason, ultimately settling on longtime coach and offensive guru Bobby Petrino. Yes, Petrino’s personal past is troubling, however his football acumen, especially as a playmaker, is definitely a risk worth taking for a program in need of positive change.
The other question many fans may be asking is how different a Petrino-led offense will look next season, as Fisher’s Pro-Style concepts will remain in place, but an emphasis on spread formations to utilize weapons Texas A&M’s offense in the passing game is right in Bobby Petrino’s wheelhouse.
Jeff Tarpley of 247Sports recently answered that question, referring to LSU’s 2019 offense’s historical emphasis on “moving the chains” using stick routes and option routes for quick completions, setting up the pass deep as the defense settles down in coverage. As for what Petrino could introduce in 2023, Tarpley further emphasized routes that get the ball out quickly and set up receivers for success at the point of catch.
New A&M offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino doesn’t run exactly the same play, but he runs some similar concepts from four sets of receivers that can keep the chains moving, especially on third downs, and yet they’re throws. safe. The first is a hook route/outside combination where the outside receivers run rush outs and the inside guys run six-yard hook routes. The direction of the break depends on how the defense plays. Usually, one of the defenders will be closer to a receiver due to the placement of the ball, so the throw ends up in the opposite direction and away from the nearest defender.
The second concept is much more similar to what LSU has run…option routes by the inside receivers. They can be run six yards with a three-step drop or ten yards with a five-step drop. Receivers look to the nearest defender to see if the defense is in man coverage. They come off the line of scrimmage at full speed, push for six yards, push the defenders back and then see if they can turn it into a layup or weak post. If they can’t break the defender’s pad, they can break inside or outside. If the defender is lined up inside, they take the route outside and vice versa.
From a historical perspective, these route concepts are extremely effective with the right personnel, including an accurate quarterback and speedy receiver with good hands, and the Aggies certainly cover those bases offensively with quarterback Conner Weigman and receiver wideout Evan Stewart and Moose Muhammad III going. in the next season.
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