Mallory expecting changes in Navy offense


For the second straight week, Indiana defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and his staff are playing a big of a guessing game in preparation.

They know, at least, that Navy’s offense will contain mostly triple option, but they are expecting it to take a bit of a different form this time around. Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo has told reporters that he intends on diversifying the offense this year to make the Midshipmen a little less predictable, incorporating pistol and shotgun formations and spread sets that will give Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds more opportunity to throw the ball and to simply spread out the slotbacks to make it less obvious when they’ll be running the option.

And the first time the Hoosiers see the new sets in action, it will be the opener. The Midshipmen had an off week last week and haven’t played yet this season, and there’s no available video from spring either.

“They canceled their spring game,” Mallory said. “The first thing we were waiting for in the spring was a TV copy of their spring game. We found out they canceled it, so everything we’ve done is off of last year’s breakdowns. We broke down all of their games from a year ago. You’re getting a lot of reports that they’re trying to spread you out, still run their option game but do it out of some different looks. So what you’re trying to do there is research some other schools in the country that run similar type offenses to see how they try to get to their concepts, to run concepts out of a spread attack. … It’s two weeks in a row. You’ve got Indiana State where you had a new staff and we’d studied four different offenses. Now, without having a chance to see what they’ve done preseason wise, you’ve gotta be able to make some adjustments. They’ve had a lot of success with what they’ve done, I can’t imagine they’ll go too far from what’s made them successful in years past.”

The Hoosiers have been working on dealing with the basic option  concepts for two years now, though, and Mallory said they feel much better about their players understanding of the system now than they did a year ago.

“We started running it two springs ago,” Mallory said. “We’ve talked to other people and we’ve researched a lot of things, and we think we’ll have more wrinkles we did a year ago. We play a team two years in a row, I think our kids have a little bit better feel for it. The hard thing to do is to demonstrate, to be able to get that speed, to be able to get the timing of the option game. It’s  hard to simulate that in the scout team. I think our kids understand a little bit better, at least the kids that played, how low and hard the offensive line comes off the ball and just how well of a job those slots do when they cut. Things like that, I think they’ve got a little bit better feel for.”

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6 comments:

  • t #1


    Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 9:18 PM EDT

    Sounds like the Syracuse vs. Indiana basketball scenario talking about a zone defense….This is not the Alabama, Michigan, OSU football team It’s Navy….Just win the football game and stop all the over analysis of reasons to lose the game rather than winning it.

  • Hoosier Clarion #2


    Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 10:10 PM EDT

    1 of the things i enjoy most about college FB is the background research needed to get to know an opponent and the transition needed to neutralize their core philosophies. In other words a 180 degrees from t’s outlook.

  • Hoosier Booz #3


    Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 1:21 PM EDT

    I’m with you Clarion. I prefer a team with a strategy, opposed to a team coached up to “just beat this team that you are supposed to beat.”

    ***Reminder*** We lost to Navy last year. It might be worth a look at some tape T. LOL!

  • Husky (formerly Mariner, undergoing a seasonal change) Tom #4


    Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 3:26 PM EDT

    You always need a strategy against option-running teams in college. Whether it’s Navy, Army, Georgia Tech, Nebraska with Scott Frost…these teams will pester the bejesus out of weak and strong opponents alike. You can’t approach them with a pure “muscle it out” approach, unless you are a program full of NFL players like Alabama or Oregon.

  • Lard of the Season #5


    Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 3:02 PM EDT

    Husky Tom, having completed his latest seasonal change.

  • Lord of the Fruits #6


    Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 10:35 PM EDT

    I think this will be my new name from here on out. Hail to the FRUITS!

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