Joe Moorhead explains his 'Chipotle' offense, why RPOs work and most time-consuming aspect of installation
Mississippi State’s new coach comes to Starkville with a ton of offensive fanfare after leading one of the nation’s finest offenses at Penn State over the previous two seasons. While Dan Mullen’s MSU offenses featured some dynamic quarterback play and physical offensive lines, Moorhead is expected to enhance what the former Bulldog coach built in Starkville.
During a recent appearance on The Solid Verbal podcast, Moorhead was asked to offer up a food analogy to describe his offensive system. Fortunately for the show, Moorhead already has one for his offense.
“I sometimes refer to our offense as the Chipotle offense. There’s not a ton of ingredients but there’s a ton of mixing and matching going on,” Moorhead said on the show. “You have a few things you can hang your hat on and through different tags and RPO aspects, you can change the presentation and make it look like you are doing more than you actually are.”
The MSU coach also went into further detail regarding his use of RPOs (run-pass-options) and why they are so effective even against good defenses. Here is a segment of the show from The Solid Verbal’s twitter page:
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Moorhead was also asked about the most difficult aspect of the offensive installation?
“Probably the, I wouldn’t say difficult, but most time-consuming aspect is the quarterback knowing where his pre- and post-snap reads are and allowing him the leeway to differentiate that the guy he is reading is playing the run or the pass, whether he should hand it off or actually throw the ball,” Moorhead answered. “I think that’s one that comes with a lot of repetition. Once it’s installed, there’s a lot of repetition that aids that process.”
As for how he’s evolved as a coach, Moorhead was previously the head coach Fordham (where he had a winning record despite inheriting a total rebuild) before joining Penn State, the MSU coach offered up these thoughts.
“It was really beneficial in my time at Penn State to leave the head coach’s chair and get back to being an assistant. It kinda gives you a fresh perspective of the things,” he continued. “The saying I’ve heard is, ‘Assistants make suggestions, head coaches make decisions.’ So I went from decision maker to suggestion maker, know that I’m back in the seat.”