Army Offseason Thoughts

Army finished another season 3-9. The only good thing about it is that I was able to sell my Army/Navy tickets on eBay and did not have to suffer through it in person. Other than that, it was another highly embarrassing season. I don't know about you folks, but I am tired of getting ribbed by the USC alumni on my street and at the workplace.

Coach Stan Brock was given a directive by the Athletic Director, Kevin Anderson, to bring back an "option oriented" offense. This apparently was one of the recommendations from the football committee that the Superintendent formed last year. Brock countered that they would go on a retreat after the recruiting season and form an offense that best suited the talent of the current players.

DON'T BELIEVE IT FOR A SECOND. The new offense will be the spread option (more to come on this in the next newsletter), which is an option that is much more pass oriented than the wishbone. Offensive Coordinator, Tim Walsh, ran this at Portland State and the prep school ran it last year. The only reason that Army did not run the offense this year is that they felt Walsh got there too late to implement a new offense and Army did not have the players on the roster to run it.

For those of you who remember Todd Berry, he was the young offensive innovator that was to bring a very similar type offense to West Point. The biggest factor that lead to Berry's demise was his inability to recruit to the system. However, he actually got the athletes to agree to come to West Point, but he could not get Admissions to allow them in and the Dean to allow the ones that got in - to stay when their grades were not up to par. My big question is – what is going to be different this time?

Brock and staff have shown that they can instill the West Point discipline on the field. Army has returned to committing less than 3 penalties a game and they tackle very well. It also seems as though Brock/Walsh can recruit as evidence by the adjacent article. I would suspect that Admissions and the Dean will have to do their part also.

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