The New York Times wrote a nice article in their paper about Graham Harrell. Take some time and read it (its a quick read).
I am disgusted that the ESPN and FoxSports "expert analysts" still call the Texas Tech offense a "system" offense. Some of the ESPN "elite" reporters are starting to come around on the issue. The 'few' of them are noticing the checkdowns, the QB defensive reads, the lineman pickups, the runningbacks adjustments, and the recievers defensive back reads. All without sideline coaching help.
Mike Leach has installed a True Offensive Passing Juggernaught, that is all orchestrated by the Quarterback's reads from Graham Harrell. He is Tech's Leader, just like Kliff Kingbury, B.J. Simmons, Sonny Cumbie & Cody Hodges were in the past. (all excellent QB's!)
Do you see our offense getting set, and then making a 5 second pause to look back at the sidelines to recieve offensive coordinator's adjustments? No! Because that style of offense is the actual "system" offense. After the "system" offense play is called, the coaches are telling the QB what to do when they see the defensive setup against it. Have you ever noticed those huge bilboards held up for the QB to look at, so that the "system" offensive QB can make the adjustments according to the coaches specifications, and not 'his own' defensive reads?
Graham Harrell makes reads, and Intelligent ones at that! He will adjust the offense 'on-the-fly' like no other QB in college football!
Mike Leach gives any Texas Tech QB confidence. Example: When our Tech QB's start throwing a lot of interceptions during a game, he leaves them in. He makes sure that the team knows that they live or die with the QB that Leach has chosen to use throughout the season. This is exactly what a QB needs from his Head Coach, Great Leadership and Trust!
Tommy Tubberville is the exact opposite. Example: Chris Todd (QB) and Tony Franklin (Offensive Coordinator) were recruited and hired to turn around Auburn's dismal offense. After only 1.5 months of actual game time, Chris Todd was moved to backup QB and Tony Franklin was Fired. Tubberville NEVER showed full support for the new offense, or his coordinator from the get-go. His team now reflects Tubberville's poor leadership... (and possibly, Tubberville might lose his job at the end of the year). If you remember, Chris Todd was a Texas Tech recruit who chose to find a way-to-play at another college. He eventually had the chance to go to Auburn or Troy. To my dismay, Tommy 'Traitorville' turned his back on a great QB, and an excellent Texas Tech old' recruit!
To make my statement perfectly clear.....
Texas Tech's Offense is a True Offensive Juggernaught, where the QB is making the defensive reads, as well as the players!
Missouri, Oklahoma State, and many, Many more (where the QB looks back to the sidelines for adjustments, and confirmation of the play that was called in the first place) is a "system offense"!