Ok this post is about ways to improve the Yellow Jackets offensive schemes.
In addition to all of Paul Johnson's current formations and plays, I think Georgia Tech needs to add a few more formations. With how the offense is run, it's difficult to get the ball to the speedy A-backs. The only way to get the ball in their hands is by pitching it to them. Pitching the ball has proved very dangerous and risky and has cause a ton of fumbles this year, especially in the red zone. Also, our current pass protection is not very good in the base fllexbone formation. That could be because the only pass plays that Paul Johnson calls are 50 yard Hail Mary bombs. Most of the time these passes are not even completed and half the time our quarterback gets sacked or scrambles because he is getting pressured. I think calling more short passes, slant routes, screen passes to wide receivers and running backs, and many other versions of quick throws will dramatically improve our passing game and also our offense as a hole. Pass protection won't be much of an issue and our offense would be so much more diverse. Instead of just contantly running the ball, even when the opposing defense is stopping us, we could have far more options when it comes to moving the ball down the field.
A couple new formations would help with the A-back problems. I think that adding the shotgun formation to Georgia Tech's arsenal would help out a lot. We could steal some plays from Florida's playbook like handing the ball off through the dive play and also the sweep. Different versions of the triple option and option plays can be utilized throught the shotgun formation. It would also help in passing situations with improved pass protection and more playcalling abilities. This would involve the A-backs more in the offense without the constant risk of fumbling the ball on a pitch.
Besides those 2 changes, it wouldn't be difficult for Tech to use the I-formation and the Ace-formation. The flexbone is similar to both of these except the Ace formation doesn't have a fullback. We also recruited a pretty talented blocking fullback in Daniel Drummond last year, so we don't have to just depend on the Flexbone B-back to just run the ball. Naturally fullbacks are blockers, but Paul Johnson uses the B-back in the Flexbone to run the ball a lot.
I think all of these changes and additions will dramatically improve our offense. With added formations, running plays, and passing plays, our offense will become much more versatile.
I also think that these additions will also help in recruiting. Georgia Tech would be much more than just a "Triple Option run oriened" team. Recruits would see it as a diverse offense with many options and positions to play.
Feel free to comment on these ideas and what you think about them.