Taking the offense for a spin

By Tom Stosberg

No doubt you’ve not heard the University of Louisville’s new passing offense referred to as the “frisbee offense.”  But that might be an excellent way to describe the scheme, and it’s going to be fun to watch.

You’ve seen the routine at a neighborhood park. Some guy throws the frisbee out a long way. His dog runs like the wind, jumps unbelievably high, snatches it in mid air and pulls it down.

Quarterbacks rarely ever throw to a receiver’s hands any more, or try to hit them on the numbers. Now they throw the football to a given spot, at a pre-determined height, at a preconceived speed. That’s kinda how it works in the new Louisville scheme.  Quarterback drops back, heaves the ball into a designated area, wide receiver runs to that area, pulls it out of the air and runs like hell.

It’s exciting football, requiring timing and leaping ability. One would hope Louisville has the receivers to pull this off. Equally important would be quarterbacks with the arms and accuracy to put the ball in the exact spot.

I’ll bet offensive coordinator Mike Sanford is lickin’ his chops to get this group on the field.

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Tom Stosberg

Tom Stosberg and his wife, Linda, also an active participant on this site, have been U of L fans for nearly 40 years. Tom is self-employed by MarketFit, Inc., an outsource marketing advisory. Tom worked in radio, television and advertising for 35+ years. His web site is located at http://marketfitinc.net.