Thursday, October 24, 2013

Gir's Weekly Column: Volume 65

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Gir's Weekly Column: Volume 65
By Gir Todafunk
Special to The Daily Magi
October 22, 2055

Hello once again, readers! I am Gir Todafunk, back with another Weekly Column for the Daily Magi and the Magi Football Blog. I want to let you know of a few new signings we picked up. Guard Steve Davis is a 6'3", 361-lb beast from Langley Park, MD. Coach Kaname offered Steve a scholarship, and he ended up biting on the offer. He is expected to earn a lot of time on the line. 

We got another quarterback; his name is Justin Powers, a 6'2", 199-lb gunslinger from LaGrange, GA. He could have signed with Northwestern, Notre Dame, Miami or South Carolina, but he ended up with us, so he's currently on the depth chart as the backup. Finally, we got an import, halfback Tony Miller, a 5'11", 212-lb power back from Kitchener who we snagged from the Western Ontario Mustangs. He was headed to Western after a visit to Colorado soured early when we told him on the possibility of getting some playing time for Canada's Team. It was a natural decision. All in all, however, this hasn't been a good year for our recruiting concerns, as a number of players ended up getting away to other schools. Hopefully next year, the situation will be different.

I want to talk a little bit more about the pistol offense. Michael Taylor of Mill Valley created and developed the Pistol Offense (called the "Shotgun I" at that time) in 1999 while playing softball. Michael's teammate was a college football coach at Division III Ohio Northern University named Tom Kaczkowski, and during a conversation, he mentioned that his team needed to go into a new direction because his running back was quick, but his quarterback was tall and slow.

Michael Taylor developed a new concept which he called the "Shotgun I". Armed with this new idea Michael, spent weeks developing new formations and schemes as a way of maintaining a downhill running game, while allowing his quarterback to be comfortable in the pass game. The plays worked, the backfield set was exclusively two back and included a full complement of runs to both the I back and the offset back (aligned next to the quarterback). University of Nevada head coach Chris Ault popularized the single back alignment (and renamed it the "Pistol") in 2005. While the pistol offense has been experimented with by dozens of college football teams such as LSU, Syracuse, Indiana, and Missouri, Ault's Nevada Wolf Pack is most strongly associated with the formation.

Using the Pistol Offense, during the 2009 season, Nevada led the nation in rushing at 345 yards a game and were second in total offense at 506 yards. The Wolf Pack also became the first team in college football history with three 1,000-yard rushers in the same season: quarterback Colin Kaepernick and running backs Luke Lippincott and Vai Taua.

Football Championship Subdivision team James Madison University used "The Pistol" to help beat #13 ranked Virginia Tech on September 11, 2010. The pistol has also made the transition to the NFL, mainly being used by the Carolina Panthers with Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins, as well as the aforementioned Kaepnernick with the San Francisco 49ers, who in the NFL Playoffs versus the Green Bay Packers set the all-time single game rushing record for a quarterback with 181 yards. Along with the wildcat, the pistol has added more of a college "playmaker" aspect to the professional game. On December 5, 2010, the Pittsburgh Steelers utilized the Pistol offense so quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could play with a bad foot.

We may have a few more new faces coming to our team, and if they do come aboard, I'll feature them on the next weekly column. Stay tuned! I am Gir, Mr. Wonderful, signing off. You are not alone.

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