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1 minute ago, aucom96 said:

Air raid. Eh.

Not a traditional air raid though. He tends to run a balanced offense in terms of pass/run percentage, but his passing principles are air raid-esque. 

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21 minutes ago, WillMunny said:

Is Freeze wanting to bring this guy to Auburn?

I'm 99% certain this was the OC Freeze referenced during his press conference. He hired him at Ole Miss but Freeze was fired before they could work together in 2017.

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13 minutes ago, zeroforwinger said:

Is he being rumored as the OC? UNC has a really strong offense. When it says air raid tendencies does that mean deep routes? 

Yes he is rumored as the OC. True Air Raids are not known to be vertical but his version is. Over the last six years, his pass offense has an average national ranking of 11th in yards per pass attempt.

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55 minutes ago, AUwent said:

Can we please make a single thread for assistant/coordinator hires?

Agreed. we should have one thread with everyone on the first page and then discussion afterwards.

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47 minutes ago, AUFiend said:

Agreed. we should have one thread with everyone on the first page and then discussion afterwards.

an Offensive coaches thread 

a Defensive coaches  thread. 

maybe an off- field coach thread.

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2 hours ago, zeroforwinger said:

Is he being rumored as the OC? UNC has a really strong offense. When it says air raid tendencies does that mean deep routes? 

At least they did until Clemson held them to 10 points yesterday 

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1 minute ago, Old fan 47 said:

At least they did until Clemson held them to 10 points yesterday 

In the championship game, against a team way more talented than they are.  
I could live with our offense struggling in the SECCG!!!!😁

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2 hours ago, StatTiger said:

I'm 99% certain this was the OC Freeze referenced during his press conference. He hired him at Ole Miss but Freeze was fired before they could work together in 2017.

Yup you're right. Because Longo's offenses are awesome between the 20s, but suck in the red zone...

 

https://www.oxfordeagle.com/2018/12/12/phil-longos-departure-a-blessing-in-disguise-for-ole-miss/

Phil Longo did some good things for the Ole Miss offense. At times, it was electric and exciting, racking up over 500 yards of offense per game in the 2018 season. However, Longo’s system was often stagnant, rigid and ineffective when things mattered most. It’s what Longo didn’t do that could leave Ole Miss better suited without him.

while the offense was capable of racking up gaudy offensive numbers, it struggled tremendously at turning yards into points.

The same offense that rated 9th nationally in yards was just 35th nationally in points. Football Outsiders keeps a stat called OTF – essentially it records how good a team is at scoring points on drives in which they get at least one first down. Ole Miss was 84th in the nation in OTF. That’s a problem that goes much further than simply players failing to execute. It goes back to the offense’s scheme. Longo’s scheme.

Longo’s offense relies heavily on outside receivers running routes on a vertical plane.

This concept can work against some teams, most notably teams of lesser talent. Clearly it did “work”, look at the yardage numbers. They’re monstrous. But there’s two problems. Teams with better talent at corner – say LSU or Alabama – can play pump and run on the outside. They have the talent and athleticism defensively to cover these routes against the fantastic Rebel wideouts. Ta’amu had just 133 yards passing and completed just 32-percent of his throws against Alabama. Against LSU he threw for only 178 yards on just 50-percent passing.

Additionally, these vertical-plane routes struggle to work as effectively in the red-zone. Hence the scoring woes. When the field shrinks, there are less options for a defender to worry about. Corners don’t have to wonder if D.K. Metcalf is going to run by him deep on a go route. When options are limited, it’s easier to defend. The team needed to utilize more in-breaking routes, slants, pick-plays and misdirection looks ran by the best offenses in college basketball. The simple route tree that works in-between the twenties doesn’t work when the field shrinks.

Throughout SEC play, as the red-zone issue became more pronounced, Longo would continually say everything needs evaluated and looked at. He would say they need to change what they were doing. However, those route concepts consistently remained stagnant.

 

https://www.redcuprebellion.com/2018/12/12/18136854/mack-brown-north-carolina-offensive-coordinator-hire-phil-longo

It’s hard to argue against the overall numbers Longo’s Ole Miss offenses accumulated: in 2018, the Rebels ranked fifth nationally in yards per pass, seventh in yards per play and 12th in offensive S&P+.

But a more nuanced look at the numbers reveals a concerning trend: during his two year tenure, Longo racked up yards and points against overmatched opponents but routinely underwhelmed against top defenses. In 15 games against teams ranked outside the top 60 in defensive S&P+, Longo’s offense poured on eight yards per play and over 41 points per contest; in eight games against defenses inside the top 30, those numbers plummet to 4.9 yards per play and about 15 points per game.

Sure, any offense’s production will dip against top competition, but a disparity that large is significant. Huge outputs against bad defenses—like 40 points and 546 yards vs. Texas Tech or a 70-point, 826-yard explosion against Louisiana-Monroe—provide statistical cover for struggles against better conference teams.

But if Ole Miss wasn’t scoring from far out, it had trouble scoring at all. As the field shrank, so did the offense’s effectiveness: the Rebels rank 50th in points per trip inside opponents’ 40 yard line and just 59th in red zone scoring percentage.

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52 minutes ago, gr82b4au said:

I am a little surprised that they did not announce his hire today

Not sure why OP put this in here. Longo and Maye are expected to be in Tuscaloosa next year. 

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42 minutes ago, AUCE05 said:

Not sure why OP put this in here. Longo and Maye are expected to be in Tuscaloosa next year. 

Haha oh wow. This new CFB is something else. 

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3 hours ago, Viper said:

Yup you're right. Because Longo's offenses are awesome between the 20s, but suck in the red zone...

 

https://www.oxfordeagle.com/2018/12/12/phil-longos-departure-a-blessing-in-disguise-for-ole-miss/

Phil Longo did some good things for the Ole Miss offense. At times, it was electric and exciting, racking up over 500 yards of offense per game in the 2018 season. However, Longo’s system was often stagnant, rigid and ineffective when things mattered most. It’s what Longo didn’t do that could leave Ole Miss better suited without him.

while the offense was capable of racking up gaudy offensive numbers, it struggled tremendously at turning yards into points.

The same offense that rated 9th nationally in yards was just 35th nationally in points. Football Outsiders keeps a stat called OTF – essentially it records how good a team is at scoring points on drives in which they get at least one first down. Ole Miss was 84th in the nation in OTF. That’s a problem that goes much further than simply players failing to execute. It goes back to the offense’s scheme. Longo’s scheme.

Longo’s offense relies heavily on outside receivers running routes on a vertical plane.

This concept can work against some teams, most notably teams of lesser talent. Clearly it did “work”, look at the yardage numbers. They’re monstrous. But there’s two problems. Teams with better talent at corner – say LSU or Alabama – can play pump and run on the outside. They have the talent and athleticism defensively to cover these routes against the fantastic Rebel wideouts. Ta’amu had just 133 yards passing and completed just 32-percent of his throws against Alabama. Against LSU he threw for only 178 yards on just 50-percent passing.

Additionally, these vertical-plane routes struggle to work as effectively in the red-zone. Hence the scoring woes. When the field shrinks, there are less options for a defender to worry about. Corners don’t have to wonder if D.K. Metcalf is going to run by him deep on a go route. When options are limited, it’s easier to defend. The team needed to utilize more in-breaking routes, slants, pick-plays and misdirection looks ran by the best offenses in college basketball. The simple route tree that works in-between the twenties doesn’t work when the field shrinks.

Throughout SEC play, as the red-zone issue became more pronounced, Longo would continually say everything needs evaluated and looked at. He would say they need to change what they were doing. However, those route concepts consistently remained stagnant.

 

https://www.redcuprebellion.com/2018/12/12/18136854/mack-brown-north-carolina-offensive-coordinator-hire-phil-longo

It’s hard to argue against the overall numbers Longo’s Ole Miss offenses accumulated: in 2018, the Rebels ranked fifth nationally in yards per pass, seventh in yards per play and 12th in offensive S&P+.

But a more nuanced look at the numbers reveals a concerning trend: during his two year tenure, Longo racked up yards and points against overmatched opponents but routinely underwhelmed against top defenses. In 15 games against teams ranked outside the top 60 in defensive S&P+, Longo’s offense poured on eight yards per play and over 41 points per contest; in eight games against defenses inside the top 30, those numbers plummet to 4.9 yards per play and about 15 points per game.

Sure, any offense’s production will dip against top competition, but a disparity that large is significant. Huge outputs against bad defenses—like 40 points and 546 yards vs. Texas Tech or a 70-point, 826-yard explosion against Louisiana-Monroe—provide statistical cover for struggles against better conference teams.

But if Ole Miss wasn’t scoring from far out, it had trouble scoring at all. As the field shrank, so did the offense’s effectiveness: the Rebels rank 50th in points per trip inside opponents’ 40 yard line and just 59th in red zone scoring percentage.

Yup… I addressed that. A lack of quality RB’s hurts the most inside the red zone, where 63% of the plays are run plays. During seasons he had quality RB’s his red zone did not suck. 

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