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The Many Options of Paul Johnson

Many fans over the past few weeks have voiced their approval–as well as their displeasure–of Georgia Tech head football head coach Paul Johnson. The fans that voice their displeasure all lead to one thing –  the option offense, the triple option offense, the spread option, or whatever you want to call it.

When you’re sitting at home watching the option offense and how it functions, you never really can tell how much work and dedication goes into it. There is so much done in terms of assignments this, assignments that, this, that, here there. But when something doesn’t go the way of the good guys you sit at home and yell bad words and naughty things at the television as if you know what they could have done differently to help themselves and or score a touchdown.

In reality, you probably don’t even know what you’re talking about.

The dislike and like of the option is about 50-50 depending on what fans you ask about it. Older, more mature fans look at it differently than a young fan would. But the option offense is exactly what people make it out to be. Johnson had success at Navy and probably has success on video games (if he played video games) because the offense he runs closely resembles your average video game offense.

At Georgia Southern, the Eagles won four 1-AA national championships in his two tenures at the school, first as offensive coordinator and then as head coach. But let’s face it, FCS football is a little different than FBS.

The question is whether or not this cut block, run & pitch, non-passing offense is going to work at a major FBS school competing in a tough conference. Some years it seems to have worked, and others it seems to flop. Much of that probably has to do with the opponents on the schedule.

They may not pass the ball a lot, they may not get a big play every down. Heck they may not even score any points. But who knows, this option offense that Mr. Paul Johnson has distilled on this team is a winning offense in the right situation. So just sit back relax, and enjoy the show.

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