Over at Fansided.com there’s a good post on the change in the Cougars’ offense.
Biggest Question: How will the offense adjust to Tom Herman’s system in the spring?
With guys like John O’Korn and Case Keenum in the program over the past few years, the Houston Cougars have spent lots of time running much more of an air raid offense, regardless of who has been the head coach. But the arrival of Tom Herman, an Urban Meyer protege, and the return of Greg Ward, Jr., a guy who is much more of a dual-threat quarterback, shows all the pieces in place for a dramatic change in the offense.
The question is, how long will it take for those changes to be fully implemented?
With the exception of his first year at Ohio State, the Meyer spread has always taken about a year to flourish. But with the perfect quarterback to run it at Houston, Herman’s biggest challenge has to be getting all of the guys to successfully buy into the system this spring. That could be much harder than it looks, though, as the air raid and the spread are complex to learn.
It’s like going from Mandarin to learning English, so Herman will need this spring to get things properly installed.
Houston has run the Air Raid / spread offense since Art Briles took over as head coach in 2003. This offense continued with the Kevin Sumlin regime but was scrapped a bit under Tony Levine. Levine’s offense was impotent by comparison to the Briles+Sumlin days. Hopefully Coach Herman and OC Major Applewhite can bring back the high octane offense of the Kolb+Keenum eras and combine it with a punishing offense like Herman had at Ohio State.