Thursday, February 21, 2013
Erickson's changes to Utah's offense
By Brent Sobleski
Dennis Erickson was hired to reinvigorate a stagnant Utah offense. Erickson will serve as co-offensive coordinator alongside Brian Johnson, and he plans to make changes to how the Utes' offense operates.
Two things have been established with the hire. First and foremost, Erickson will take over play calling duties from Johnson.
"Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Erickson would have the final say when it came to calling the shots with the offense, but Erickson went out of his way Wednesday to emphasize that coaching the Utes’ offense would be a group effort," Lya Wodraska of the Salt Lake Tribune wrote.
Second, Erickson's plans start with changing the speed of the team's offense.
"Erickson noted the top offenses all averaged about 75 to 80 plays a game and said he envisions the Utes using a lot of no-huddle schemes to get close to that average," Wodraska added.
The exact style of offense has yet to be determined, but it will be a variation of the spread. And Erickson will use the talents of his quarterback Travis Wilson throwing and running the football.
"He can run," Erickson told Wodraska. "But you don’t have to be the greatest runner in the world to be effective."
Although, Wilson will have to earn Erickson's respect before he becomes the focal point of the offense: