That’s where you add pass-options, particularly vertical pass options, to your two-back runs. With the additions of OC Chip Lindsey and former Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham, War Eagle now has the main components needed to do this successfully.
Gus Malzahn was an early innovator of the smashmouth spread and you can read my man Alex Kirby’s breakdown of his two-time SEC winning offense in this very solid book:
It was elsewhere though that people figured out that running two-back runs with a sturdy H-back led to amazing opportunities with pass options. Art Briles is probably the most important and innovative figure in that development. I know he’s a scumbag but it is what it is, the man had a profound impact on the game’s strategies.
Chad Morris was further ahead of Malzahn in this regard as well and both Morris and Lindsey are Malzahn disciples who have pushed forward the development of this offense.
I figured after the title game that Alabama would be poised to reload and fire off another SEC title winning season next year but glancing at their depth chart and some of the developments around them in the SEC West I’m no longer as confident. I think this division is in for a wild ride next fall.