I was at the Air Force game on November 1st, where Army lost 16-7. While the defense played superbly, what disapointed me was the complete lack of imagination in the play calling. All we saw was option and drop back passing. I saw only one sweep, no counters, and no play action. The option must be the focus of the offense, but it must be augmented with other plays that keep the defense honest, such as the three mentioned above. Otherwise, they'll just stack the line and shut us down the way Air Force did.
Particularly disturbing was the insertion of Carson Williams and the spread "offense" into the game with 4:30 left, Army down by 6, and having all of its timeouts. The offense may have not been working SO FAR that day, but the Carson Williams spread has NEVER worked, which is why we scrapped it in the first place. In that situation, I would run the flexbone, trying to get the ball on the perimeter and taking shots down the field with play action. That had a better chance of winning than the sloppy garbage we saw at the end of the game.