September 1, 2009

A&M uses new terminology to simplify offense

In 2008, every time Texas A&M wanted to run a different package or a different formation or a different play, the Aggies had to substitute players in and out and took up valuable time. Confusion set in on many plays and all around A&M just didn't look in sync. The rest Aggie fans know all too well as A&M stumbled to a 4-8 record in head coach Mike Sherman's first season in College Station.

That's why in 2009 the coaching staff has changed a lot of things when it comes to running the football team, starting with the terminology on offense that simplifies things in the huddle.

"The terminology was more so just for everyone else just so we could run a play faster more so than us understanding the play more. We still run the same plays and concepts," said A&M junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson. "We just changed the names of them from an eight-word play to a two-word play. It's just kind of a way to get us to the line faster and run the play."

After the 2008 season, Sherman and his staff were pushing Johnson to play faster at quarterback. Some of that had nothing to do with terminology, however. And Sherman has seen an improvement.

"I saw it improve a lot in the spring and even more so when we got to the preseason. Every so often I have to remind him of it," Sherman said. "Sometimes he'll hang onto a receiver down field and he likes to throw the ball deep obviously. He needs to take his check downs and he may lock onto somebody, but as far as he's playing the game and how he's pushing the offense forward I'm very comfortable with that."

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