Sometimes I wonder if these spread offense guys ever plan for a rainy, windy, muddy day.
We shall find out today. In any endeavor, there should be a Plan A and a Plan B and this is one of those days to go with the Plan B.
Time to get out those old Temple football movies and put some current actors in those roles.
This would be a good time for some smash-mouth, old-time, Temple plays from way back, say, earlier this decade. Bernard Pierce (played by Jahad Thomas) behind Wyatt Benson (played by Kenny Harper) behind Steve Manieri (played by Colin Thompson).
Grind out those 3, 4, 6-yard runs and put a premium on protecting the football and killing as much of the clock as possible to keep the ball out of the hands of the high-octane East Carolina offense.
Another great ex-Temple play that could work today is the short rollout by Chester Stewart (played by P.J. Walker) where he throws no more than a 5-yard pass to Evan Rodriguez (played by Thompson) and he turns it into a big gain. That play helped even a historically inaccurate quarterback like Stewart go 9 for 9 in a 38-7 win at Maryland in 2011 and could help jump-start the confidence of the way-more-talented Walker today.
In a few hours, we will find out if this Temple coaching staff is capable of improvising and adjusting.