Baylor coach Matt Rhule coached a hard-nosed pro-style offensive system at Temple. However, don’t count on the Bears to move too far in that direction.
“At Temple, we had great fullbacks, tailbacks, an NFL quarterback and we were pro-style,” Rhule said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “At Baylor we walked into a different situation. We did our timing last week and we had non-scholarship players that ran in the 4.3s. It’s the fastest group of kids I’ve ever been around.”
Rhule has been adamant in statements that he plans to utilize the talent on campus rather than try and force the players to perform in an ill-fitting system. Rhule’s play-caller, Jeff Nixon, has experience working under Chip Kelly. Co-offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas was a quarterbacks coach who helped develop Matt Ryan.
“I never looked at it as my offense,” Rhule said. “I’m hopefully a smart enough guy to utilize the players we have, utilize the talent we have.
“I’m not stubborn enough to say I’m going to play with four tight ends on the field when I have all that speed.”
Baylor has athletes left from the previous administration, which formed some of the most fearsome offenses in college football. The Bears have produced a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver every season since 2011. Rising junior running back Terence Williams led the team with 1,048 yards rushing in 2016.
“I just hope we’re a team that utilizes the players we have and tries to be a smart, disciplined team,” Rhule said. “I like having power. I think power wins championships, but you can’t force it if you don’t have it.”