Full disclosure? I am concerned. No, it's not because Drew Mehringer is only 28 years old. By all accounts he is one of the most promising young minds in the sport. No, I'm not even concerned because he hasn't coached in a conference as prestigious as the Big Ten. His resume, which is littered with some the most efficient offenses in college football, speaks for itself. What concerns me is that I don't know if I am ready to embrace the spread offense just yet. Don't get me wrong , it sounds super exciting. An emphasis on being multi-faceted? A style that is predicated upon scoring early and often? Who wouldn't love that? It's just that I am a little resistant to change. It's not my fault. Years upon years of a repetitive, pro-style offense will do that to a man.
You know how their are still devout Catholics that believe that premarital sex is sinful? Every other single person is out there enjoying life and fucking anything that walks, but those religious nuts still believe, for reasons unknown, that sexual gratification before taking yourself off the market forever is wrong. When it comes to college football, I am those Catholics. Every other school is out there slanging the ball all around the yard and putting up numbers reminiscent of their basketball team, and I am just sitting convinced that running the football up the middle 65 times a game is the key to success. Chris Ash is running an Obama-esque campaign. It's time for change, and I think I am going to need some some time to get used to having a black presi....I mean, a spread offense.
Seriously though, I am a little worried, and it's not because I have any issue with the completely new direction the program is headed in. I am worried because said program finally seems to be making all the right decisions. A young, hungry Head Coach that prides himself on having an attacking defense, and an upstart coordinator that turned Houston, a school not known for it's football, into an offensive juggernaut. I couldn't be more excited for next season to start, and the Rutgers fan in me knows that's when I am at my most vulnerable. I truly believe that Rutgers just drastically changed the future trajectory of their football program in the most positive of ways, and this feeling of optimism isn't just foreign, it' downright frightening.