I know I’m going to be in the minority with this statement and it has underpinnings of blue-sky thinking but next year’s offense will be better than the 2012 product. The gap will be noticeable. We improve at every position group with the possible exception of QB. Winston vs. Manuel is not complete downgrade either. EJ was a red-shirt senior but his game didn’t have the elements of a red-shirt senior. Last year, he would run hot and cold plus seem to still have a tough time reading the safety or being aggressive enough. In addition, he had a tough time throwing from under center. Winston during spring game had a better showcase of his skills then what EJ offered last year. Plus he should have a significantly better run game then EJ had last year. The running game will benefit from a more seasoned offensive line and the development of Wilder. In addition, if we knew EJ didn’t want to run the read-option you have to think opposing coaches saw it as well.
Next year’s offense I think will be based on a heavy dose of middle zone running to open up the lanes outside for WR screens and deep balls. We all seem to forget both Matius and Jackson were true sophomores last year while Erving was just starting his OL career. Lastly, you cannot underestimate the advantage having more experienced eyes in the coaches’ sky box offers. Jimbo had a tough time making half time adjustment and I feel part of that issue was Coley and company lack of insight into what the opposing team was doing on defense. Lastly, Sunseri says Pruitt sees things that most folks simply don’t see.