- Aug 26, 2011
Meathead coaching works when you have dominant talent on the line or at RB. It has to be dominant; if it’s just good, you won’t have enough to play with everyone. Their margin for error is small. “Play good D, keep it close, go on long drives, run it down their throats” sounds good until you get into a shootout.
We got beat by two teams with a sizable talent disparity on the line (and even then our style kept us in the game with Clemson longer than it should have). The Pitt game was a bizarre outlier - that wasn’t replicated, thanks to good adjustments by the coaches.
The Pitt gane wasn’t a bizarre outlier. It was a case of old-school football, otherwise known as “meathead” football, beating what we do.
For us, RPO meant Run Pass Option. For Pitt, it meant Run People Over, and it was brutally effective.