With Maryland acquiring a new head coach and new offensive coordinator, fans have been wondering exactly what Maryland's offense will look like this season. Gone is James Franklin, the hyperkinetic former offensive coordinator, and his West Coast Offense.
So what will take its place?
New offensive coordinator Gary Crowton was as candid as he could be when I sat down with him. He was limited in what he could say because Maryland does not want to give away too much about its offense prior to the season opener. But, in his comments and in those of coaches who know him (Oregon's Chip Kelly and Brown's Phil Estes) you can get a rough outline of his preferences.
Crowton is a guy who has enjoyed spreading out the field and running an up-tempo pace (but don't expect Maryland to run plays as quickly as Oregon). But he's adaptable. He's got the makings of a solid running game with the Terps, and I wouldn't be surprised if Maryland ends up with close to a 50-50 ratio of runs to passes -- which is about the proportion that Crowton's favorite all-time team (BYU in 2001) ended up with.
LSU fans may be interested in his comments that the offense he ran with the Tigers wasn't exactly his.
Trivia: In the NFL, he's probably best known for popularizing the "Tunnel Screen." So what exactly is the Tunnel Screen?
"We call it 'tunnel' because it's the receiver coming right back in behind the line. Sometimes I'm with the kids and we're watching the NFL on TV, and I'm like, 'Hey, that was my play.' Terry Bradshaw and the Steelers ran it, but I just brought it back."