Thursday, April 27, 2006

Football - Nix Calling the Plays

Looks like Patrick Nix will call all the plays this fall. How do you feel about that? Obviously for any Jacket fan there is some element of hope this instills that the offensive might generate more points per game than the past few seasons. But is the play-calling more a function of personnel or offensive strategy?

What about how this fits with Coach Gailey's future? I give Coach credit. He could have handed over the play-calling last season and taken some heat off himself, but he felt Nix wasn't ready. He wasn't going to expose Nix before he was ready and I respect him for that, especially considering the pressure he was under in his contract extension season. Now Coach Gailey has a new 5-year deal, job security and NOW he's handing over the playcalling duties. In some ways it shows his character and it makes me really believe that he's going to do what's best for the team and not try to take short-cuts.

Coach has shown a willingness to change, with new assistants and some new offensive wrinkles that are sparking hope among fans. Jacket faithful already are feeling better about recruiting for the upcoming class, even though there is a long way to go.

However, don't forget - Coach Gailey may not be calling the plays, but he is certainly calling the shots. He's still the team's general.

What do you think about Nix taking over the offense?