It’s always better when you have an identity on offense, when you know “who you are” and what you are trying to accomplish.
For Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, that isn’t something he worries about.
In the off-season, Schiano hired former Pitt offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti to run the Scarlet Knights’ offense. It’s worked out well because Schiano knows exactly “who we are.”
On Sunday, Schiano talked about the new scheme. He explained, “Well, I think it fits our personnel but most importantly it fits our personality. We are going to take chances and we are going to have big plays in the pass game but at the heart of the matter is you have to be able to run the football and that's who we are.”
“That's the region we live in. It's a tough-guy area. It's a working man's area, and if you play football that way, I think the kids grow up that way around here. So the kids you recruit come in and expect that. I think it fits who we are. And when you look at our personnel, I think we have good players on offense that can run it, they can catch it, they can throw it.”
“We are getting better up front, and that's what we should be able to do in this region of the country. I believe it plays to your whole football team. You know, your defense becomes better because of it. It allows to you really emphasize the kicking game, which we do, and that's our formula.”
Talking specifically about Cignetti, Schiano said, “The X & O part is hugely important and finding a guy that's on the same philosophical wavelength, but the reality is, you live together for six months. I mean, basically you see a lot more of them than do you anyone else. So you'd better have people that you really think are good people and that care; care about the players; care about the staff. Frank is one of those guys. He's deeply, deeply passionate about the offense that he runs. That's something that I love about him. It's fun. It's been a fun spring and a fun camp so far, because I think both sides of the ball are really excelling and competing, and that's good. It rises the level of everything.”
Rutgers opens the season against North Carolina Central on Thursday night, September 1st.
Cignetti will be dialing 26 power.