Texas A&M Football Begins to Adapt Offensively
I mentioned with some frequency (read: way too much) over the past few weeks the dire need for the offensive brain trust for Texas A&M football to adapt the offense to the skill set of Max Johnson. All too often, it seemed like the Aggie coaches were calling an offense that had been designed around the skill set of Conner Weigman. Max therefore seemed lost more often than not, missing some easy and wide open reads both down the field and underneath the defense. It was a constant refrain of mine in previews and reaction columns that we needed to see a heavier dose of play action, to limit Johnson’s attempts, and to emphasize the run game over the pass game.
In yesterday’s game, Texas A&M football fans saw an offense that looked much more like the one described above than it had previously. Even though the rushing attack wasn’t in top form throughout the afternoon (more on that later), the Aggies still stuck to a heavy dose of run to try and relieve some of the issues that Johnson had been facing. By and large, it helped, as Max ended the day with an 8.3 YPA on 30 attempts—solid numbers. There were far fewer glaringly missed reads down the field; more often, Max was pulling the trigger on those throws rather than hesitating, and even when they weren’t completed, they were on target.
The offense still isn’t great. There are still several things that need to change. But this is the kind of starting towards change that you want to see as a Texas A&M football fan.