Greg Davis installing a no-huddle aspect to the Iowa offense
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Wednesday April 11, 2012
Posted by: Pete Roussel on April 11, 2012
Iowa offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Greg Davis told us before spring ball started that he didn't arrive in Iowa City to install the Texas offense.
Davis, however, is incorporating the no-huddle aspect into the offense.
The Hawkeyes will play their spring game on Saturday, but interestingly, head coach Kirk Ferentz has left three practice opportunities after Saturday's scrimmage.
Today, Davis said, "When you talk to defensive coaches, they usually tell you the same things. If you are a total no-huddle team, they'll fall right in line with you. They'll substitute, go to nickel. But when you're in & out of it, when you're huddling then all of a sudden you're 2 plays of no huddle...one of those maybe a fast tempo, that really creates some communication problems with them."
"So we would like to be at a point when we start next year where we can play a lot of the game in no huddle, but how much we use will depend on the opponent."
"We want to be able to jump in it whenever we choose to."
The good news: "I think there's been more things verified that I thought I knew about the program than just new things. Iowa has a reputation of being extremely physical, well-coached, smart football team. That has been verified. The guys like the game. They understand the game. So it's been more along those lines than something I didn't expect."
Iowa opens the 2012 season against Northern Illinois in Chicago. The next four games are all in Iowa City against Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Central Michigan, and Minnesota.
With former New England Patriots tight ends coach Brian Ferentz now on the Hawkeyes' staff, it will be interesting to see if parts of the Patriots' offensive scheme is incorporated into the Iowa offense.
I'm calling it now: direct snap to the off-set back on a 2-point play to take the lead against Northern Iowa in week 3.
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