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What all this boils down to is that Iowa's offense has no identity. To be fair to Greg Davis, this...

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What all this boils down to is that Iowa's offense has no identity. To be fair to Greg Davis, this problem didn't start with his hiring...it started one year ago as Iowa found itself down by 3 scores to Pitt. Iowa went no-huddle and had one of the biggest and best comebacks in its history. Iowa won the game, but it was the start of major problems for the Iowa offense. Kirk Ferentz became intrigued by the no-huddle and liked it so much that he decided to use it again the next week against Louisiana Monroe. It was successful enough that he trotted it out against Penn State...and it was disastrous. So, the no-huddle was canned for the season. When Greg Davis was hired, he told us how Kirk Ferentz wanted to use some more no-huddle. Brian Ferentz teased on Twitter about the tempo of the offense and we saw quite a bit of it during the open practices. And now, in the first two games, we've seen Iowa employ the no-huddle at times. Here's the big problem though. Iowa's coaches have no idea how to run a no-huddle offense.

From Fight for Iowa's post-ISU offensive breakdown. I've had this post half-complete for two days, just trying to tie it together, and then I read him and realized he did it better than I could. The Penn State tie-in is key here. If you don't recall, that was the last time Iowa ran this "no-huddle" into abject failure: 3 points, poor completion percentage, no yardage. And, just like this week, it was run exclusively out of 311 personnel, and it had no running plays. It was a completely different offense, wholly unrelated to what was being done in the "standard" scheme. That's the height of stupidity. Iowa's "no-huddle offense" shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the entire concept and its advantages, and it has for more than a year now. The complete lack of change in philosophy or application under Davis only proves that it's not a coordinator issue.
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