Thursday, October 24, 2013

Gir's Weekly Coiumn: Volume 64

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Gir's Weekly Coiumn: Volume 64

By Gir Todafunk
Special to The Daily Magi
October 16, 2055

Happy Friday, everyone! My name is Gir Todafunk, back with another weekly column for the Daily Magi and the Magi Football Blog. I am happy to announce that we have a couple of new faces that will be joining the Magi next year. Free safety Aila Hatsuse is the brother of Karla Hatsuse, one of the most influential third-year students at Mitakihara Secondary School. A cross-dresser and a sociable chatterbox, Aile will look to earn some playing time at free safety for us next year.

Also coming out of the woodwork and into the limelight is Millbrook, Alabama's Sam "Booty Call" Turner-Brown. He is the great-great-great grandson of legendary singer Tina Turner, is fluent in six languages (English, French, German, Italian, Romansh, Ebonics) and has the type of legs that Tina Turner was famous for. His high school team, the Millbrook Warriors, are off to an unbeaten run in their division in Alabama and I think he is going to be tabbed as the starter if we don't get Dean Amakusa.

I want to talk a little bit about the pistol offense. The pistol offense is an American football formation and strategy partially developed by Chris Ault in 2005 while he was head coach at the University of Nevada. It is a hybrid of the traditional shotgun and single back offenses. In the pistol offense, also commonly referred to as the "pistol formation", the quarterback lines up four yards behind the center, which is much closer than the seven-yard setback in a traditional shotgun formation. The running back then lines up three yards directly behind the quarterback, which is in contrast to the shotgun, where they are beside each other. It is argued that the position of the quarterback in the pistol formation strikes an advantageous compromise: the quarterback is close enough to the line of scrimmage to be able to read the defense, as with run situation sets such as the I Formation, but far enough back to give him extra time and a better vision of the field for passing plays, as in the shotgun. The pistol formation is thus very versatile, particularly if the quarterback himself is a threat to run the ball, which makes it difficult for the defense to correctly anticipate the play. This flexibility is enhanced by the Read Option, where the quarterback reacts to the response of the defensive players to the snap, and makes a rapid decision whether to hand off the ball to the running back, keep it and complete a pass to a downfield receiver, or keep it and run himself.

The pistol formation can be used in a variety of ways, because the quarterback is closer to the line of scrimmage than a traditional shotgun formation. This allows him to see more easily over the line and make downfield reads. He will also get the ball snapped to him faster, which can alter timing patterns greatly for a preparing defense. The pistol offense can effectively use draw plays, counters, and options using three-wide receiver formations or multiple tight ends combined with a fullback for pass protection. In a pistol formation, handoffs occur 2-3 yards closer to the line of scrimmage than in the shotgun. In the traditional shotgun, run plays are most effectively run to the side opposite the running back, without a cutback to the other side. In the pistol, they can be effectively executed to either side of the QB, opening up more options for the offense. This can make for a more effective running game, but may limit pass efficiency due to quicker recognition of play action by linebackers and defensive backs. This formation works well with dual threat quarterbacks who can both throw and run and is also used when quarterback's mobility has been limited by injury.

I will talk about the history of the pistol offense next week. I'm Gir, Mr. Wonderful, signing off. You are not alone.


  1. Replies
    1. Deal with a 2-1 lead in the series, bitch :p

    2. Oh don't you worry, I am. And you should deal with Millbrook just being a little old high school in my dynasty. Especially after that piss-poor result in OT. So long as the Cherokees don't make this a rivalry in your dynasty, even if you purport that you're not intervening, what's fact is fact in mine's. Own it.