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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Coaches roundtable: Why that offense?

By Scott Powers

Each week all of the coaches in ESPNChicago.com top 20 poll are presented a question. This week’s Coaches Roundtable question: What type of offense do you run and why?

  • Crete-Monee coach Jerry Verde: We have run a variation of the spread here at CMHS for the last five years. It best suits our talents.

  • St. Rita coach Todd Kuska: We run a multi-faceted offense. We are a base pro team that will use some spread -- four wide receiver packages -- at times to give some different looks. We believe in the pro-style offense as it allows us to use all of our weapons (running back, fullback, tight end, wide receiver). The spread package allows us to do just that, spread out the defense and find the weaknesses.

  • Lemont coach Eric Michaelsen: Power running/play action. It fits our personnel and philosophy of moving the chains and keeping the other team's offense off the field.

  • Wheaton North coach Joe Wardynski: We run the pistol offense at Wheaton North High School. This type of offense was selected because it matches the skills of the kids that we currently have. The other reason that our offensive coordinator likes the pistol is that it is slightly different than your traditional spread offense and defenses don't see it quite as often throughout the year.

  • Downers Grove South coach John Belskis: We run primarily a pro-style offense but infuse some spread plays, as well. We chose it because we feel that it allows us enough balance to accommodate the wide range of talent we get from year to year.

  • Lake Zurich coach Bryan Stortz: We have evolved over the years using a hybrid wing-t concept in combination with spread principles. We have utilized formations and motions to gain numbers advantages, misdirection, double teams and reads by the quarterback to build our offense. We have tried to limit the number of skill sets that each position must master in order to execute successfully. We believe that this philosophy provides the best opportunity to run the football effectively and integrate a complimentary passing game. We have felt that the concepts have fit our personnel and can be tailored to each team's specific talents.

  • Antioch coach Brian Glashagel: We are a triple-option team (Georgia Tech, Navy, Air Force, etc.). We feel this gives us the best chance to compete. In the option, we can run the ball against any defense and really put pressure on the defense to cover all three of the phases. We don't have to block everyone on the defense, and we are also out flanking you at the point of attack. Mix in a counter game, short passing and play-action passing game and you have our offense. We do not have a lot of plays, but rather change some formations for even more advantages.

  • Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet: Double wing jet offense. It has allowed us to do many things from pound the ball to throwing it all over. The misdirection element has been vital as well.
    Batavia coach Dennis Piron: We have traditionally run a pro I attack, but this year run more I out of the shotgun. We also mix in one-back misdirection with spread concepts.

  • Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow: We run option football. No one runs it anymore, and we struggle to find offensive linemen every year!

  • Prairie Ridge coach Chris Schremp: Prairie Ridge runs double-wing option similar to what you see Georgia Tech or Navy. The main reason we run the option is week after week it gives our linemen a chance to be successful. In our schemes, our linemen do not have to block a defender on the line on his own -- we can double team or “read” any D-lineman we choose. Another reason we run the option is we always feel we can find a good athlete to execute our option. Sometimes it is extremely hard to find a QB that can drop back and throw the ball, but we feel we can always find a good athlete and coach him up to run our option.

  • Nazareth coach Tim Racki: I have always run a pro-style/spread offense. It is very easy to adapt to whatever personnel you may have in any given year. This is great for various personnel groupings as well. It also allows you to be much more balanced.

  • Carmel coach Andy Bitto: We run triple option. In our league, we do not always have the biggest group of kids, but we traditionally have quick and smart kids. Therefore, we are able to run our offense without blocking two of the opponent’s best players. We have averaged over 30 points a game for the last 12 years and have won about 80 percent of them.