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I think there is an element that it does require more thinking (in a vague sense) when players are given multiple options for carrying out an assignment
but I think the tougher thing is that with system, whether it’s football or thermodynamics, the more moving parts creates more instability. I kind of look at it as a novice’s description of the concept of "entropy" where the more you add inputs into a system, the chance of disorder increases accordingly.
Take the Ross interception for example: Clemson’s coaching staff could have simply specified that Ross was to always run a quick out route (let’s call it Route A) for that play. This would make sense because the outside receiver to Ross’s side is clearing out the underneath space for Ross to run into by pushing the outside corner downfield. However, the coaches decided they wanted to add another option for Ross to account for any instance where a nickel/safety/linebacker tries to wall off Ross from running outside because they identify the route combination Clemson is employing. Thus, the coaches determined they would give Ross two options: A (quick out route) and B (slant). While this adds an answer to the defense’s attempt at taking away the out route, it also causes more complexity because you’ve added another input, thus more disorder (a disorder we unfortunately were witness to Saturday night).
So yeah, I’d say the main downside of the plurality of assignments you find in modern offenses like the RPO, and even modern defenses, is that you open the door for disorder. It’s why Cover 1 Man base defenses are so popular with most small high schools that don’t have a robust coaching staff or a major talent pool: you don’t have to learn zone/match principles as a defender in coverage, you just learn man technique and try your best to cover your guy without getting the refs involved. However, I’d argue that the risk of disorder creeping in is well worth the headache when you consider how many answers modern offenses have for defensive scheming.
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And not only was Allen the primary read on the play
but wheel routes take longer to develop, which is why it wasn’t the initial read. It’s a shame because it was wide open and Shipley’s speed probably would have housed it, but against Georgia’s DL it made more sense to get the ball out quicker on early downs.
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Another explanation I had for Ross's poor route was that it was a sight adjust
I left it out of the article because it was pure speculation on my part: not only was it not mentioned in Dabo’s official explanation of what went wrong, but I also didn’t see any communication pre-snap that it was a sight adjust and you’d typically get some signal from the WR (tug of glove, touching helmet, etc.) if it was. But, like you, I also was surprised at how Ross sat down on the route after his break instead of continuing to run underneath. The way I initially understood his decision to "sit" on the route was that he was replacing the space that was vacated by the blitzing LB, so in my mind I left open the possibility that Ross was sight adjusting his route off of the blitz.
Ultimately, the explanation from Dabo is more than fans can usually expect from any head coach and, like I said in the article, I see no reason to not take his word. But I’ll always wonder if Ross thought he needed to sight adjust there…