By Paul Sykes
The obvious was confirmed today by Steve Kragthorpe:Â Jeff Brohm is no longer the offensive coordinator or on the coaching staff at the University of Louisville. Kragthorpe has assumed for himself the role of offensive coordinator.
The third-year Louisville football coach has said several times recently that he will be the one to point the finger at when questions arise about the program. The first one is what changes will he make in the offensive play calling and schematics.
Way too early to predict that but I’ll do a little speculation. Unlike coach, I’ll not take any credit or criticism for how it turns out:
- Find a quarterback that fits his offensive strategy. He’ll have five to choose from. One would conjecture that the Cards will take advantage of a strong running game and the quarterback might be called on to run an option style offense. This would seem to suit Adam Froman and Justin Burke’s skills. The other guys, we’ll just have to wait and see on.
- Improve communications between the wide receivers and the quarterback. With a healthy Trent Guy, Scott Long and Doug Beaumont, the Cards are not lacking in go-toÂ wide outs. Which QB will achieve the most success with these talented receivers? Can a quality tight end surface to make those clutch short yardage gains? Kragthorpe’s offenses at Tulsa were very dependent on the tight end. With him calling the plays now, that position will be instrumental in picking up yardage. Yardage is good.
- Find a back that can “catch and go”.Â A quick running back with good receiver skills can be a serious offensive threat. Not only does it give the offense another option, it also gives the opposing defense another thing to worry about. Victor Anderson is the obvious choice here but do Darius Ashley or Bilal Powell have those skills as well? Predictability was one of the downfalls of the Cardinal attack this last season. A good throw-to back would make us less obvious.
Spring and fall ball will give Kragthorpe plenty of time to test his new job and skills.Â Let’s hope he deserves a promotion at the end of the season.