It wasn't Shotty's plays that were a problem, it was his situational play calling. For example, Shotty Jr would have all 4-5 WR's run 7 yard hook routes on 3rd and 11. Good play, wrong situation and or down and distance. Another example would be, after picking up 8-9 yards on 1st down, he would then call a pass play on second and one (incomplete), a pass play on 3rd and short (incomplete). Now, we're punting on 4th and 1. What happened to running behind Mangold for an easy 1 yard and a first down? Keep the chains moving. Shotty's situational play calling was pretty bad. You never knew if it would take us 3-6 drives to pick up a single first down.
Sparano seems to be the total opposite. A physical style of coaching, but also uses his run game to set up a vertical passing attack down field. Sparano ran an outstanding wildcat formation with Miami. Now we have Tim Tebow as a center piece to a Sparano led wildcat? Might as well call it the Gator, because it'll be extremely tough stopping Tebow behind Nick Mangold on 2nd/3rd and short. Shonn Greene will be used in a physical way, and we could be on the verge of seeing a monster season out of Shonn Greene as well. Sparano also loved using a physical back in R.Williams during his wildcat formations, expect for Greene to play the role of Williams, with Tebow becoming our Ronnie Brown. As a first year starter last season, Greene was less than 40 yards away from cracking the top 10 in rushing. Under a physical Sparano offense? Look for Greene to impact. Look for Sanchez to improve his overall efficiency, because Sparano will use the run to set up the passing attack. Play actions, roll outs, attacking the middle of the field, using our offensive speed to our advantage (McKnight, Kerley, Holmes, Hill) with either HB or WR screens etc, etc.
I think we're on the verge of seeing a well balanced offensive style of play calling this season. If you're expecting Sparano to call 70/30 in favor of the run, or even 60/40, I think you're mistaken. He'll use a physical style of rushing in order to not only set up the pass, but to also put Sanchez in best possible position to succeed. Chad Henne wasn't as athletic as Sanchez, could never sell the play action as well as Sanchez can, could never roll out of the pocket/throw on the run as well as Sanchez... I think Sparano/Sanchez will compliment each other moving forward.
I also love the fact that Sparano is teaching our offense how to not only read opposing defenses, but how to also react in certain situations. He's actually becoming an offense coach for our offense. He's teaching Sanchez the importance of reading a defense pre-snap, followed by changing the play at the L.O.S if need be. He's also giving our WR's the freedom to read the back 7's coverage and/or how their lined up (LB's, CB's, Safety's) while allowing our WR's to hot route back to Sanchez, in order to gain an offensive advantage. For example, if our WR's see CB's lined up 8 yards back? We'll change the route, see Sanchez take a 1 step drop, followed by a very quick pass to our WR's with open space. I can't wait to see this offense take the field.
Last edited by NY2FLDWC85; 07-08-2012 at 02:53 PM.