The more I hear about Tony Franklin's version of the spread offense, the more I like it.

This offense is very simple. It looks at a defense and says, "We don't need a complicated playbook. We don't need to trick you or confuse you. We don't have to do those things, because we are going to make you run. Hard. We will give you no time to breathe, and then we are going to make you run again. When you have become accustomed to the speed at which we play and you learn to get into your proper defensive stances and positions for the next play, we are going to make you stand, crouch and wait. We will make you not run, yet not rest, for you will be so tense, waiting, knowing that we will snap the ball in the next nanosecond. We will make you stay in that position for what will feel like a very long time. And then we will make you run.

"Eventually, you, even if you really are a good defense, will realize two things. You will realize that you can't keep up. And, you will realize that you don't want to keep up. Because what you want is to be able to breath for ten consecutive seconds without having to run. You want that more than you want to make that takle, to cover that route, to get that football. Eventually, you will realize this. And when you do, we will crush you. We will hit you again and again. You will trade the pain of running for the pain of perfectly executed blocks, blocks that you are now powerless to resist. We will stop going over you and around you. We will go straight through you.

"We are going to do this to you. And no amount planning or scheming will stop us."

This is a simple offense. And though it is different from anything we have ever seen on the Plains, this is football, as it was meant to be played.

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