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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Three-point stance: Chow changing philosophy

By Ivan Maisel

1. UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow is coaching the “pistol” offense, which on the surface appears to be the biggest change in philosophy in his four decades of coaching. “I never thought myself to be too stubborn that I couldn’t change,” Chow said. “I think we owe it to our guys to put them in position to be successful. That’s what a coach does.” Chow will be a much better coach once quarterback Kevin Prince returns to practice. He’s been out two weeks with a strained oblique muscle.

2. Texas Tech, Colorado, Louisville, Western Kentucky and I’ll bet just about everyone else whose quarterback job is “open” will result in the guy who had the job last season keeping it this season. I get the part about forcing players to compete for jobs. But it’s not quite the same as the job being open. The more experienced player gets the job. By the way, none of the above applies to Michigan’s Tate Forcier.

3. Watch the return of Baylor redshirt sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III from the torn ACL he suffered last season. When the season begins, Griffin may not have the same speed and moves he had as a runner before the injury. But as David Ubben blogged Monday, Griffin has completed 75 percent of his passes in two scrimmages. If Griffin develops into a dangerous passer in coach Art Briles’ spread offense, and continues to recover his running ability, he’ll be a Heisman contender in 2011.