Lazor: ‘It’s not going to be easy’
Virginia has been at or near the bottom of the I-A offensive unit rankings each of the past four seasons. Cracking the top 100 among the 119 teams in I-A would be an improvement.
Good luck, right?
“I knew what the numbers were offensively. I don’t remember them, honestly. I didn’t memorize them. I did, when I spoke to Coach London on the phone, I had them in front of me. I knew, but then I came here, and I kind of know what they were, but I don’t have them memorized, because it’s not that important,” Lazor told reporters Wednesday at UVa. football media day. “What’s important is what we do every day. You said incrementally. I know Coach mentioned that when he talked about what would be a success this year. If we had come into a place where it was a top-10 offense in the country, I don’t think our offensive staff would work any differently.”
Lazor and London see eye-to-eye on what they want to do to move the chains and put points on the scoreboard. It will be a dramatically different approach than had been advocated by former UVa. offensive coordinators Mike Groh and Gregg Brandon.
“It’s very important that we’re able to run the ball and establish a physical presence out on the field,” London said. “If you can run the ball, you can also set up the play-action passes that come off those complementary run plays. So it’s going to be important for us to run the ball, push people back, create holes. I think we’ve got good running backs. If we can just do that, control the line of scrimmage, I think we’ll be a much better team, because it will take pressure off the quarterback, so the quarterback can do what he needs to do, and set up the play-action passes.
“I think it goes hand-in-hand,” London said. “We’re not just a spread offense that throws the ball or a spread offense that runs the ball. We’re an I pro team that wants to run, but also give the quarterback a chance to throw the ball, and throw it deep.”
Easier said than done on that, of course. Lazor knows the score.
“I know it’s not going to be easy. I was told that when I came. I didn’t expect it to be. But it’s never been easy anywhere I’ve been,” Lazor said.
Story/Audio by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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