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Report: Nix to interview at Auburn

For all the Patrick Nix haters out there, your wish could soon be granted. According to a blog at the Birmingham News, UM's offensive coordinator is supposed to interview for the vacant coaching job at Auburn.

The Tigers reportedly interviewed Georgia assistant head coach Rodney Garner over the weekend and will be looking at another former player in Nix, who was the quarterback at Auburn from 1992 to 1995. If Nix actually gets the offer, I'd be shocked if he didn't take it.

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Canesrule, Urban Meyer wasn't that smart in that game, he should of called a timeout with 1:34 left in the half. They would of gotten the ball back and probably would've put more points on the board.

Come on Walter! Marve has the tools to be the next Tebow??? Give me a break, the only thing he does is run, and he might make a big play by throwing a screen pass?

Harris is the guy, everyone sees that. He made some mistakes this year too, but he is far better of a passer than Marve. We need someone to get the ball into the hands of those talented recievers, and Harris is that guy. Let Marve transfer.

Posted by: canesrule 9 'ships | December 09, 2008 at 09:39 AM

SEC is a cupcake conference this year. UF coasted. U played ONE ranked team. All other teams U played has 3 losses or worse. 6 teams in the SEC are .500 or worse. UGA got rolled over by GT (409 rushing yards) which shows they are not a bad team. UGA should not be ranked nor should Ole Miss. Everyone is delusional because of what the SEC did LAST season. They absolutely sucked this year while two teams in the SEC rolled. 2 out of 12, great job!

I am proud of my young Canes. U will typing nothign to take that away. They are the only team to keep UF under 30 points. We had 8 or 9 TRUE freshman score TDs. We went 7-5 with freshamn QBs. UF went 9-4 with a Heisman winner at QB. Not much better losing the bowl game to maintain UF's losing bowl record of all-time. Great, UF is in the NC. Playing in there 3rd in a billion years. THE U played in 10 National Championships since 1983. U are still hanging from our ball sacks.

THE U went 4-4 in the best conference in the nation. The ACC is the first conference EVER to have 10 teams out of 12 going to bowls, EVER! The ACC posted an all-time best 37-11 record against non-conference foes this season, a .771 winning percentage. Including this year's total, the ACC has had 34 teams go to bowl games over the last four years. NO OTHER CONFERENCE (not even the mighty SEC) has had more during that time span.

Enjoy it while it lasts. After Tebow is gone it's OVER!!! We're just getting started!

GO CANES!!!

GO ACC!!!

i heard a rumor that Marve wants a transfer to UF?? anyone else hear that? if so, let him GO AWAY! Harris is better!

u gonna stick cannon in if Harrius sprains a pinky against oklahoma next year?

Marve transfers to UF or LSU. Jacory transfers to Oregon and takes much of the WR posse with him. Leaving Miami next year with a QB rotation of Cannon Smith, Tyler Cook, young Highsmith, and no WRs. Just shut the damn program already.

It's a done deal guys! My sources have just recieved confirmation that Nix is OFFICIALLY the new head coach at Auburn!

I bet Marve had a meltdown...got punished by RS...got mad, and took down his facebook...and that's it..

On Nix...who could we afford? We are paying RS bottom dollar...

Hey Nation,
I agree w/ TLuv and the others about Chud not comming back. I know this sounds crazy and it's not gonna happen but I wanted to hear what people thought if the OC job did (or does open up.)and a certain head coach lost his job @ Notre Dame. Now Charlie Weiss is not a good Head Coach as we all know and he is not calling the plays @ Notre Dame but the Man does know offense and he does have the Super Bowl rings to show for it. It's just a thought. I know it's not going to happen but with the talent Miami has, would he have been a good choice? let me know what ya think? Put your ND differences aside and think about it. Peace.

UF wouldn't be a bad move for Marve. I don't think he'll transfer though.

nix will probably go to Auburn as the OC...thank god.

But who is going to call the draw plays on first and second down if he leaves????

what about the spread offense on third and one with no back.

or the one yard pass on third and 15

Marve is not going to transfer, yet. I heard LSU, USF, and MIchigan are possible suitors. Would suck if he leaves though. Competition breeds champions.

If he leaves he's not even guaranteed the starting job and he'll be a Junior with two years left to play. Not an ideal situation. He started all but one game as a redshirt freshman.

Can't wait to see the studs RS will be landing this year. I'm sure we'll be in for a surprise or two.

IF NIX LEAVES MIAMI SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT NEVADA OC Chris Klenakis. NEVADA RUNS THE PISTOL OFFENSE WHICH IS NOW BEING COPIED BY MANY SCHOOLS, U'LL SEE FLORIDA AND TEXAS RUN A FEW PLAYS OUT OF THIS FORMATION. COACH K WOULD BE IN OUR PRICE RANGE AND ADD A NEW AND FORMIDABLE OFFENSE.. HERE'S A BREAKDOWN ON THE PISTOL OFFENSE..


Strategy of the Pass Game

Neveda Head coach Chris Ault developed the Pistol offense in 2004 as a way to level the playing field by getting one-on-one matchups with receivers on the perimeter and having his undersized offensive linemen block people in space. While the foundation of the run game is being able to mix the inside zone (slice) play and the outside zone (stretch) out of different formations, the backbone of the Pistol pass offense is running the play action off both of those plays.

The equalizer in the Pistol scheme is the alignment of the quarterback and the tailback. With the tailback being directly behind the QB, it provides instant deception to the defense – particularly for the linebackers who are trained to key the tailback. In fact, the popularity of the zone read play has changed LB’s reads to keying the offensive tackle to the side of the back. But in the Pistol, often times those LB’s can’t see the back because their sight is distracted by the motion of the quarterback. “It’s a lot easier to run play action out of the Pistol because of where the back is,” says offensive coordinator Chris Klenakis.

“Nowadays because of the zone read, when you’re in a traditional Shotgun alignment you will always have a backside end who is taught to never close on that tackle’s down block. So it makes running naked plays at him very difficult. With the Pistol, you don’t get that problem. Especially if you’re giving a good dose of inside and outside zone schemes.”

While over eighty percent of the success of the Wolf Pack pass game relies on setting up the run, Klenakis is not afraid to pull the trigger on early downs. “There’s nothing wrong with calling a first down play action pass game scheme, especially when you’ve been running the ball effectively,” says Klenakis. “I like the play action stuff best on second and medium because it’s a give or take down.”

The majority of Nevada’s offensive formations are run out of 11 personnel – one tight end, one running back and three wide receivers. However, the great disguise is how many different formations Nevada could come out in utilizing the same personnel. Klenakis has over thirty different formations in his playbook using 11 personnel, which obviously makes it difficult for defenses to match up with them.

The Play Action

Nevada’s most productive play since installing the Pistol has been the slice play which is the inside zone play to the tight end side that American Football Monthly profiled last issue. So it makes sense that the Wolf Pack’s number one play action scheme is the Zone Pass Boot.

The Zone Pass Boot is a naked play action scheme, meaning the QB – after making the run-action fake – gets out on the opposite perimeter with no lead blocker. The offensive line’s main responsibility is to ‘sell’ the inside zone. Klenakis preaches low hat/low pad level in order to deceive the second level defensive players who often read helmet leverage on the snap. While the line zone blocks away from the direction of the play, the wingback ‘slices’ across the formation to block the backside C gap, just like he would on the inside zone run play. “Except this time the wing will take somewhat of a different path, aiming for the outside hip of that backside end. Sometimes we’ll have him log the end, so the QB can get around or we’ll release him to the flat right away,” says Klenakis. “It’s a great goal line play. It depends how aggressive that player is. If he’s up the field often, we’ll get the wing to the flat right away. If he slow plays it, we’ll log him.”

After the QB opens, just as he would on the slice run play giving the ball fake to the tailback who is downhill immediately, he carries the fake for two more steps past the handoff, pivots and works around the opposite end with the ball on his hip. “He should anticipate that backside end being in his face immediately, particularly if the wingback releases to the flat. It is a two-man route with those two backside receivers. Our most common route if we’re getting some form of cover three is running number one on a takeoff to get the corner out of the area. We would then have the slot break on a 14-yard out against the flat defender, usually a LB and a mismatch (See Diagram 1). Another option is running number one on a curl at 14 yards and number two on a wheel route. Either way the QB looks high to low on his delivery.

In order to provide a spark to the pass game, Klenakis does draw from a three step package in the Pistol. When he does, it’s usually the Y Option route. It’s a four man route with the focus predominantly on the release of the tight end. Keeping the 11 personnel intact, Klenakis’s favorite formation to run this is out of the tight/trips set. The offensive line slide protects with the tailback filling for the releasing tight end. To the trips side, the Z receiver will run a clear out route, with the slot receiver on a 14-yard out route and the tight end on an option route – one that can break outside or inside. The single receiver away from the play can run either a hitch, fade, or slant depending on the pre-determined call.

NEVADA WAS RANKED 11TH IN THE NATION ON OFFENSE IN 07..

http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2007&div=4&rpt=IA_teamtotoff&site=org

IN 08 NEVADA O RANKED 13TH
http://www.wageronfootball.com/bostats/ncaa-offensive-rankings.html

Offenses like the Pistol sometimes get teams away from running the ball. We need to be able to run the ball effectively to compete on a national level.

I'm not sure our personnel does a good job of absorbing complicated playbooks. No fact here, just a feeling.

We've got to spend money on a coordinator...it's disappointing if we don't.

Give me someone with a plan as OC, any plan is better than no plan , no clue. Ex.ga tech, texas t. Fla. some identity some focus. No focus you get what the U has had semi confusion and predictible plays. And please no excuses, " I only have 50% of my offense in play". that sucks. Like my players are dumb so I have only 50% of my offense in affect. Lame.

NEVADA IS SECOND IN THE NATION IN RUN YARDS PER GAME WITH 291YDS.. & 219 YDS PASSING

YO HM,
Stop with the Nevada garbage! That ish works in the WAC where there is no speed on D and against lessor defenses. Remember what happened when we played that same Nevada offense in the bowl 2 years ago? Thought so!

Posted by: Y_Lee,

YA NEVADA ALMOST BEAT US... DIDN'T THEY SAY THAT URBAN MEYER'S UTAH OFFENSE WOULDN'T WORK IN THE SEC...

LOOK I'M NOT SAYING THIS IS THE WAY TO GO FOR THE CANES, BUT I AM SAYING THAT THE PISTOL OFFENSE IS HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE AND HAS HAD SUCCESS. I PREFER THE PISTOL O OVER THE SPREAD OFFENSE THAT NIX IS ATTEMPTING TO RUN.

FURTHERMORE, IN MY OPINION NIX SHOULD GET ONE MORE YEAR TO PROVE HIMSELF, HE APPARENTLY HAS A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH BOTH QB'S AND I DON'T WANT ANOTHER COCKER SITUATION.... BUT IF NIX LEAVES THE PISTOL OFFENSE WILL GIVE MIAMI A NEW FRESH AND PRODUCTIVE OFFENSIVE IDENTITY.

HM,
Nevada didn't almost beat us as the game was really close until they made a run at they end. Their offense only produced 20 points against us in that game. The difference between Urban Meyers O at Utah and Nevada's is that Urban proved it could work against big conference teams by beating them. What BCS conference teams has Nevada beaten with that O? I agree that Nix needs more time but if he doesn't get it, i don't think the Pistol is the answer.

Y_Lee,
Utah def had more success than Nevada, but also better athletes. As a student of the game i can't but help think how dynamic the pistol can be with real athletes running that O.

You can run any play out of the Pistol, its not like its a gimmick O... Take the shotgun cut the distance between the Center and Qb in half and put the RB behind the QB. You can run and pass just like a singleback formation but It give the O more options.

HM,
I can't co-sign that. Nevada and Utah recuited (and still recruit) from the same base of players so their athletic abilities are probably very close to the same. I know you know your football, but I just don't see how the Pistol makes much of a difference as opposed to running a single back or a pro style offense.

By the way,
I need to come by the lab and see what's poppin!

WHATS U KNOW BOUT THE LAB?

LMAO!
I know that Breathe + Phe = fire!

FO SHO... WHO U IS?

AT THE LAB


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiqqc6DZSgg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OQF6QfuKhc
FREESTYLE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rAYJcrbRnM

Wow how did the Gators get so lucky?

1) Nix to Auburn? AWESOME! That guy is probably just a slightly better coach than Randy Shannon

2) Randy Shannon at Miami. Even Better! Can you keep him for more than 4 years? Just keep him there forever! The Gators going to the NC game is helping Miami more than we ever know. BAWAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHA

I am
a)the best football player you ever played with
b)your favorite lawyer
c)your brother's college roomate
d)all of the above

Choose wisely! LMAO.

LMAO - Y_LEE... GOT IT.... CORRECTION SECOND BEST PLAYER I EVER PLAYED WITH... BUT YOU STILL DAM GOOD... BUT DEF MY FAVORITE LAWYER..

Auburn may actually save me some money. I have offered to pay for the buyout of Nix's contract myself!
We need an OC who can take advantage of our team speed and lack of size. A little imagination every now and then would be nice instead of 1 & 2 yard screens that take too long to set up and go nowhere. We will need someone who can develop our QB(s?) into comfortable leaders who can get the job done anytime.

For all of you Nix haters, let's come to realization that the problem with the offense isn't him. It's the head coaching philosophy that keeps this team (offense) underachieving. Other top tier programs constantly lose assistant coaches and still stay on top. Why can't the U?

Chud was effective because he lived under Butch's philosophy, and let's not get it twisted, Cleveland was a serious fluke last year. Chud can be effective, only of Randy lets him, and so can Nix.

For all of you Nix haters, let's come to realization that the problem with the offense isn't him. It's the head coaching philosophy that keeps this team (offense) underachieving. Other top tier programs constantly lose assistant coaches and still stay on top. Why can't the U?

Chud was effective because he lived under Butch's philosophy, and let's not get it twisted, Cleveland was a serious fluke last year. Chud can be effective, only of Randy lets him, and so can Nix.

Canefan80:

What does Randy Shannon do to hinder Nix? Honestly, I've never even heard Shannon express an offensive philosophy. I can see his imprint on our defense, i.e. the fact that we stopped blitzing after the UCF game, but not the offense.

Patrick nix needs to go and bring a diffrent cordinator to Miami"Tulsa,boise or even chud from cleveland Brown" would be a good fit.
look ,we have 24 five stars,31 four stars in the team.
If USF,Tulsa,Boise,and the entire ACC have that team,they might have a perfect season.

manny.
can you please tell nix to get the h....ll out of miami and go as far as possible?

thank you

Just read on cbssportsline.com that Florida OC is taking the HC job at Miss. St.

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