Perhaps Army fans would show a bit more patience with
Six weeks after Air Force's coach resigned, Army's head coach Bobby Ross decided to retire after producing a similar record (9-25) as DeBerry over the same three years. Army decided to hire Stan Brock, who had served for three years as offensive line coach on Ross's staff. However, unlike the success story being played out in
And it should come as no surprise that Army fans are livid.
As if having to deal with the enormous success of Navy's football team over the past five seasons wasn't enough to enrage the Army faithful, now they have the Air Force program to look to as well and wonder, "Why can't we do that?"
According to Anderson, who was hired in December, 2004, his vision to overhaul the program includes more than just comparing it to the Falcons.
"I don't think it's that simple. Air Force is one example but we also have to look at the
One thing that does seem simple though to fans is that Air Force, Navy, and even Wake Forest all currently do something Army doesn't do – and that's run some form of spread or option offense.
The last time the Black Knights ran an option offense was in 1999 under Bob Sutton. After that season, Army fired Sutton and brought in Todd Berry, who was incredibly successful running a pro-style offense at Division I-AA.
After being fired by Brock, the younger Ross admitted in an interview with GoMids.com that Army looked into running the option.
"We studied the heck out of it, and we ran it to a degree. We just didn't want to completely major in it. We concluded that we would want to keep it as a package in our offense," said Ross. "Our quarterbacks were a little bit different athletes; it was a little bit difficult making yards when they had the ball."
"We practiced it a great deal; kept it in the game plan and called it a couple of times. It never made it into our complete system. We weren't closed minded about anything. Yeah, there were a lot of people for it, but we wanted to run a balanced attack (run and pass)," concluded Ross.
And while the Ross regime concluded the option wasn't the remedy for Army's offensive woes, fans were once again hopeful that Army's latest gridiron hire would finally see the light.
And then, in his initial press conference as head coach, Stan Brock said the following.
"There will be some new and innovative things, but we're not going away from the base offenses and defenses that we've been running…I'm very comfortable with it."
Less than a month after taking the job, Brock hired Tim Walsh away from
So after six years and a record of 17-74, Army was going to continue to run a pro-style offense under Brock.
The results of that decision, leading up to the
But during the ESPN telecast of Army's tenth game, a 41-6 loss to
A few days later during his weekly press conference and later reported by the Times Herald- Record, Brock confirmed the plan to review the offense in the off-season, and that the plan would likely include introducing some form of the option.
"There are a lot of things with the option that we like," said Brock. "What we are trying to do is take the knowledge that we have here and go out and get some other knowledge. It will be a part [of the offense]. But you have to recruit people to do it."
And while some
"We had thirty days, putting together a coaching staff, going into spring ball. Instead of having everybody – all the coaches and all the players learn a new system we decided to have Coach Walsh run the system that was already in place," said Anderson.
"In football you recruit to your system so the people who we have recruited to play here this year were recruited to play in Coach Ross' system. It would have been very difficult with the athletes that we have to convert them to – for an example – to be option players. And so Stan made a decision it was easier – [to] see what we could do to utilize it this year, and then have the off-season to look and establish a system that will best benefit Army football," continued Anderson.
It turns out talking about running the option comes very naturally to
"If we look at them and saw those programs that are running some kind of variation of option offenses that can isolate people one on one with folks, [it] gives you a chance that you're not getting into situations where you're always in third and eight or third and nine – you know we could gain four or five yards so you're looking at third and short rather than 3rd and long," said Anderson.
It sounds like
"Any athletic director that's worth [something] or is concerned about doing a good job is going to look at what you need to do to get the job done," said Anderson.
He then confirmed he's not the only administrator getting his hands dirty when it comes to fixing the football program.
"I can tell you that at the end of the year, the Superintendent, the head football coach and myself will sit down and we're gonna talk and scrutinize this past season and then the staff is gonna go off and we're going to devise – offensively and defensively - schemes that will best suit our talent level and put us in the best position to win," said Anderson.
When asked if he would be part of the retreat that ESPN mentioned and Brock confirmed,
But what does Stan Brock think about
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