I taped the Oklahoma and Baylor game and then went to an offensive football seminar...It took place at the Cobb Energy Center and was billed as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes...I was mesmerized, and it occurred to me that every Offensive Coordinator in the country should bring his team to see the Rockettes...In fact, I remember an old grainy film, in which Knute Rockne was teaching his men the nuances of the Notre Dame 'Box' offense...It was a choreographed offensive set, based on rhythm and timing, and when you talk about choreography, rhythm, timing, precision and trust, that is the Rockettes...

That's what Stanford put on Oregon last night...Fundamentally sound offensive precision, combined with a locomotive-like intensity that overwhelmed the Ducks, not with talent, mind you, but with consistent precision... Every one of those Stanford pile-drivers was on the same page...

Oregon's demise brought us a step closer to the National Championship dream matchup, I hoped for yesterday, Alabama vs. Florida State...We always say 'Close your eyes and think about a team. What do you see..?' If a distinct image of how they line up, move, pursue or hit, actually any element of the game, is not distinctive and memorably identifiable, then they are probably not as good as they could be...When I conjure Alabama, I see Offense...From huddling up, breaking the huddle, lining up and the rhythmic calibration of their cadence, allowing each man to fire simultaneously is the recurring image I get of the Crimson Tide...They are precisely, Rockette-like...! That's coaching...That's what Rockne was teaching in the '20's...Remember, a concept doesn't have to be innovative or unique, every theory works. That is, if every guy on the offensive unit subscribes to the premise and is on the same page... That's choreography, that's eleven men moving in concert as one...That's coaching..!

Go see the Rockettes, it's football in tutu's and you'll learn more about your team..!

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