“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen…” — Henry David Thoreau
Joe McKnight talked about the difference of running a Schottenheimer versus Sparano type of offense.
“It just had so much stuff in the offense,” McKnight said about Schottenheimer’s system. “If the defense comes out and they line up one way we had to change the way we run our routes the other way, but when Sparano came we just run the routes. No changes, just go out and play football.
“Everybody had a sigh of relief when we didn’t have the same amount of plays we had last year, we had a lot of plays and a lot of things that go with the plays and right now it’s just the play is here, you just go out and run the play and you win your matchup.”
In Schottenheimer’s mind, having hundreds of well-designed plays for any situation bears a higher likelihood of success — but it completely leaves out the factor of having players who all are on the same page and know the play as well as the OC. An OC who sleeps most nights in his office after diagramming the plays himself for hours.
Sparano on the other hand, believes it’s better for everyone to know a smaller set of plays and be able to execute them really well – which I completely agree with. For folks who love hard-nosed football, this has to warm the deepest parts of their hearts. If the Jets offense is going to get beat, it’s not going to be by themselves because the QB & WR weren’t clear on the route. It’s not going to be because the RB doesn’t know where the hole should be. It’s going to be because the other team overpowered them, or were in the perfect defense for that play.
The other edge of this sword is that we might be a quarter of the way through the season and complaining that the offense is utterly predictable. That the offense is getting owned by defenses because they can see what’s coming a mile away.
Time will tell …