Mike Leach discusses the timeline for implementing his offense at Mississippi State
The football team is going to look a lot different this spring in Starkville.
Expect the ball to be thrown around early and often as each and every Bulldog quarterback will have the opportunity to impress Mike Leach, who has been known to get the most out of his signal-callers, whether they were elite high school recruits or walk-on players that no one had ever heard of before playing in the coach’s offense.
We may already know what we are getting when it comes to Leach’s offense, now the question is how quickly can he implement it?
“I’ll be able to give you a pretty good, a better answer after about a week of spring,” Leach said when asked that very question on Friday. “We’ve always been able to install it fast. I don’t think it will be perfect within a week but I think it’ll be fairly sharp within two weeks. But, you know, it’s not going to be perfect.
“I mean, that’s why, that’s why we’re in this – you’re always grinding away. But as far as seeing our offense, and we’ve been doing it for a long time, but you know a lot of NFL teams have adopted it. If you look at the Patriots, the Saints, the Packers, you know, and in generally speaking, the last – most of the Super Bowls for the last 8-10 years have had some Air Raid concepts in it.
“We originally grew up from the Wishbone. And you know, offensively two objectives that we’re trying to achieve, is we want to attack as much space as possible and we want to put it in all the skill positions, hands. We thought very simply, the more people the defense has to keep track of over a bigger area, the better our chances are. I don’t know if you guys come up with a good play to do that maybe we’ll cut one of the ones we got and we’ll add yours, because we do that, we do that, we do that from time to time.”
Yes, you read that correctly, Leach is willing to solicit advice from the team’s beat reporters. The Leach era in Starkville is going to be fun.