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Longshore starting again against Minnesota

Posted by Eric | September 6, 2006 at 6:55 am | In Quarterback, Spread | No Comments
Coach Jeff Tedford has announced that Nate Longshore will start against Minnesota this Saturday with Joe Ayoob also getting some playing time, despite the “nightmare” opener at Tennessee.Tedford called the opener “about as bad as I could imagine it going” and also stated he “won’t abandon the elements of the spread offense that were incorporated into this season’s game plan by new offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar”, as “there was very little spread stuff that was used”. Let’s hope for some improvement in execution and a win next week.

Bears “smelling roses” - Oakland Tribune

Posted by Eric | August 6, 2006 at 1:01 pm | In Defense, Marshawn, Quarterback, Spread | 1 Comment

The Oakland Tribune has put Marshawn Lynch on the front page of today’s sports section, giving high praise and hype for the team this season. The article describes this season as a “golden opportunity” to get back to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 48 years, the best chance since Chuck Muncie and the 1975 team. The article also goes over a few question marks, including the quarterback situation, hybrid offense, Lynch, pass rush, and shutdown corners. Take a look.

Challenges, potential of infusing spread

Posted by Eric | August 6, 2006 at 12:50 pm | In Spread | No Comments

The San Jose Mercury News has put up an article about how many will be watching Cal’s unveiling of the “Ted-Spread” offense at Tennessee. Coach Jeff Tedford again makes the reminder that the spread is only an “added dimension”, not a major change of philosophy.

However, he says the “No. 1 concern” of this is the shotgun snap: in a spread play, the quarterback stands in the shotgun position, requiring a long snap from the center (offensive line). Sophomore Alex Mack, taking over with the departure of Marvin Philip to the NFL, only has one year of experience with this type of snap. The article has a few quotes from fellow Pac-10 coaches praising Tedford’s previous system, but also expressing some concern over the introduction of this added element.

With these risks come a lot of potential. We’ll have to wait for September 2 to see the “Ted-Spread” action.

Rivals: Tedford/Dunbar working on “magical mix”

Posted by Eric | July 25, 2006 at 8:52 am | In Offense, Spread | No Comments

Rivals.com has put together an article describing the new offense. It also talks about Mike Dunbar’s history, how he was hired as the offensive coordinator, and his thoughts on the quarterback situation.

Dunbar offers a few glimpses into his potential playbook, including shotgun formations with 4+ wide receivers, possibly including tailbacks Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett in addition to star wideout DeSean Jackson. In the end, the plan is to have what he described as a “magical mix” of head coach Jeff Tedford’s pro-set offense and Dunbar’s spread.

Take a look at the article here.

Two spread/QB articles with quotes

Posted by Eric | April 7, 2006 at 1:05 pm | In Quarterback, Spread | No Comments

There’s two new articles out with great quotes from head coach Jeff Tedford and the battling QBs.

Former SF Chronicle writer Glenn Dickey discusses the spread with Tedford and also the QB situation. One important quote:

Glenn Dickey says: Who’s No. 1? “If we had to play a game tomorrow, it would be Nate,” Tedford said, “with the other three pretty much bunched behind him. But that’s not to say that Nate has the No. 1 spot cinched.”

The Oakland Tribune details the QB situation again, with a lot of quotes from Longshore, Levy, Ayoob, and Reed. See this article here.

Cal’s QB receives more media attention

Posted by Eric | March 24, 2006 at 4:13 pm | In Quarterback, Ranks/Predictions, Spread | No Comments

Nate Longshore is gracing the front page of ESPN’s College Football site. It appears as if our QB is one of the big question marks in college football right now.

ESPN.com says: Cal should be one of the nation’s best teams in 2006. The Golden Bears have a stingy defense, two impressive tailbacks and downfield threats at wide receiver. But who starts at quarterback? Coach Jeff Tedford has four candidates to choose from this spring.

Nothing much is new in the corresponding article; it rehashes Longshore’s unfortunate history, this season’s QB battle, and the introduction of Mike Dunbar’s spread to the offense.

However, it does note that “this could be a top-10 team… if things work out at quarterback.” Let’s cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Offense getting “tweaked” to spread

Posted by Eric | March 20, 2006 at 3:32 pm | In Spread | No Comments

New offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar (hired from Northwestern) is wasting no time in updating the Bears’ offense.

The Mercury News is reporting that while Tedford’s offense isn’t getting a total overhaul, it is definitely receiving some “wrinkles” from Dunbar’s spread expertise. View the article here.

Also, AP also has an article detailing this:

Associated Press says: Although the Bears won’t abandon Tedford’s effective running game, they’ll spend the spring installing some aspects of the spread offense in the Bears’ game plan. Tedford, who played in spread offenses while he was a CFL quarterback, hopes to turn Cal into one of the nation’s most versatile offensive teams, able to run a spread-out passing game and Tedford’s more traditional running attack on consecutive downs.

And you thought Lynch was hard to tackle during his sophomore season. Imagine being a defense that doesn’t know whether Lynch will run the ball, catch a pass or line up as a receiver. I’m excited to see the strengths of Tedford’s balanced pass/run attack melded in with some of the spread. This should be a great season…

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