Troy’s offense and the art of stealing signals

There’s nothing heroic about getting yourself into such a hole against a patsy team that you almost can’t get out of it. Teams like LSU should drop 40 points on a team like Troy, but the end result should be like the Tigers’ 41-13 win over App State or the 41-3 win over North Texas. It should be 30 points dropped on the patsy in the first 20 minutes, not the last.

But enough of that. Thinking people will see this for what it’s worth – I’ll leave it to The Advocate (the Baton Rouge daily, not the national gay newspaper) and Scott Rabalais to pretend this was anything but embarrassing.

Now, those of you “lucky” enough to have seen the game on TigerVision no doubt noticed what Troy was doing that got them out to the 31-3 lead and let them throw down four 50-plus-yard drives in their first eight possessions. Their offense – at least against the Tigers – was built around wholesale adjustments on offense to the scheme LSU’s defense lined up in, and it worked really well for more than half of the game. Adjustments at the line are nothing new (Georgia works it very well), but what Troy did was on a completely different level.

Troy’s quarterback checked the sideline before each play, and sometimes the play proceeded as called. But more often than not, the entire offense – linemen included – would step completely off the line to get what must have been an entirely new play call coming in from the sideline.

Cap’n Ken
11/18/8

hattip – Kingfish at Jackson Jambalaya