Taking the offense for a spin
By Tom Stosberg
No doubt youâ€™ve not heard the University of Louisvilleâ€™s new passing offense referred to as the â€œfrisbee offense.â€Â But that might be an excellent way to describe the scheme, and itâ€™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 receiverâ€™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. Thatâ€™s kinda how it works in the new Louisville scheme.Â 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.
Itâ€™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.
Iâ€™ll bet offensive coordinator Mike Sanford is lickinâ€™ his chops to get this group on the field.