With all the media action going around Meyers recruiting of supposedly 'suspect' high school characters (see Aaron Hernandez, Riley Cooper) these days there is still something to be said for his willingness to bring such supposedly rash, undisciplined players and going undefeated or winning a national championship game.
His style is obvious, he wants athletes. Not the normal kind we see at Alabama that use behemoths at every position. He wants players that in an instant can move from either side of the ball and contribute, he wants quarterbacks that can create an extra 2 seconds with their legs outside of the pocket to get receivers open. He wants lineman that can play 38 minutes in a game all day and not be pushed over (compared with the Alabama offensive line that often uses different linemen at each position. A common practice but is Urban onto something?). Any of Urban Meyers potentially NCAA 'frowned upon' recruiting tactics or ways aside I am taking a look at how he could change the game as we know it.
For years now the NFL has been the catalyst behind College Football in America. Let's face it, young man grows up dreaming of hoisting the Super Bowl and getting a big paycheque to buy his mother a fridge with. This prompted Universities and colleges to see the profit in football to attract others to their schools, as a stepping stone to the big leagues. As kids dream of the big leagues they realise the level of competition compared to the NFL and college is much different, so college football stepped up and hired ex-NFL coaches and players to help recruit more kids to earn their universities/colleges more money by telling them they have a better chance of making it to the NFL by coming to Alabama or Notre Dame. Now this is where college football starts to take the reins, as the main form of 'farm league' for the NFL and virtually no say or cares for their students after their graduation(or early departure) colleges could now get more experience coaches and players coming in to teach kids how to be even better then the pro's.
Well the rest kind of is history. NFL coaches and players come from the American college ranks because they've demanded them to be more competitive or risk not making rosters or big pay cheques at the next level. This brings us to Meyer, the coach who doesn't want to go to the NFL (for a pay cut) as he's considered to be a mastermind of offense and a great face for recruiting. The NFL demands of itself to be the most competitive league in the world and thus demands its farm system to be the best in the world, so naturally they have to keep the best around.
Unfortunate for all those athletic quarterbacks trying to make it in the NFL these days. There is no offensive scheme to utilize these players to their utmost. They're not as durable as running backs but are forced to take the hits sometimes. Urban Meyer is known for creating option for his athletic quarterbacks and indeed seeks out the best athlete's out there accordingly.
Now it gets confusing. By keeping Meyer in the College ranks with massive pay cheques (and his own personal wishes, shame aboot those wishes eh, free will and all that nonsense) the college ranks becomes LESS competitive despite posing better opposition for the next 5 years with him there. My theory being by placing him behind RG3 or Cam Newton (his former recruit), Urban can revolutionize how an athletic quarterback sees the field. He's the only coordinator our there that I've seen who takes the rules and exploits them as much as possible before the defense breaks or makes a mistake. We've seen wildcat formations, the beginning of an athletic attack, hardly finished, imagine football before you could make a pass forward. If Meyer were to leave for a situation like this and to develop the system for these quarterbacks then College footballs ranks blow wide open with diversification of offenses and by consequence, defenses as well.
What could the new offense look like? Who knows? Not a soul, not even Urban Meyer.
We can guess, perhaps. My opinion? You'd have to scrap the rules for ineligible receivers to develop it for me, probably widen the field. However to do so within the rules? Play fakes, superior athletes, a backup who can do what the starter does. Blocking schemes that develop as the play goes on with blockers moving potentially five yards along the line of scrimmage in either direction. Primarily running plays to force effective down-field fakes. Routes that have multiple fakes and take 3 seconds to run, 2 seconds roughly for a quarterback to release it (as opposed to a half second read route this option tires out defenses faster)
But that's me, I am no offensive co-ordinator or mastermind. Im just a football fan who thinks the future of the game for athletic quarterbacks in the world is being cheated a little bit by having them buy into the set NFL scheme which cause them to create plays at their whim, relies on them sometimes to make that extra two seconds outside of the pocket so their receivers can get open but don't require a receiver to do more than run across the field at any depth and just use common sense.
And not to be too biased there are other coaches who have shown talent when using athletic quarterbacks but I have yet to see a good form of it that uses them efficiently and can effectively eliminate a heavy hit in major running lanes or create passing plays from gassed defenders.