Passing interest

A few coaches really know the run-and-shoot offense.

Even fewer really, really know the intricacies of UH’s run-and-shoot offense.

One of those gurus is Dan Morrison, a guiding light to run-and-shoot quarterbacks. Morrison helped transform Dan Robinson from a pinata into a bowl-winning passer, and mentored record-setting quarterbacks Nick Rolovich, Tim Chang and Colt Brennan.

Morrison, who is Hamilton’s QB coach, is in town. His presence has two-fold value. Morrison has provided tips for Bryant Moniz, a former UH quarterback who recently signed a two-year contract with Hamilton. Morrison also has met informally with UH coaches to discuss football concepts. Morrison’s shared knowledge is useful as the Warriors return to the run-and-shoot as a base offense this season.

COMMENTS

  1. Da Punchbowl Kid March 10, 2018 8:39 am

    Firstestestest!


  2. Da Punchbowl Kid March 10, 2018 8:43 am

    I’m really looking forward to the return of the RnS to Manoa! It’s great that we such a wealth of folks familiar with it to help get us up to speed. Mahalo Coach Morrison!


  3. Da Punchbowl Kid March 10, 2018 8:49 am

    “we have such a wealth” I meant to say above.

    Notabot, need coffee.


  4. Mitchhawaii March 10, 2018 9:04 am

    Is it game time yet? Offseason is always the hardest!


  5. H-Man March 10, 2018 9:22 am

    Frankly, I believe it will take a couple of years for the current coaching staff to successfully implement the RnS. Besides Dan Morrison, UH had Mouse Davis, an early guru of the RnS in the 1970s. See RnS 101: http://www.xsosfootball.com/run-n-shoot-offense-101/


  6. WWF March 10, 2018 9:42 am

    Dan Morrison should be offered an Assistant Coaching position for Quarterbacks at UH.


  7. WWF March 10, 2018 9:44 am

    If Dan won’t leave Hamilton, then offer Vince Passas.


  8. burro sabio March 10, 2018 9:44 am

    Mouse didn’t come until 2004, although JJ has always spoke with him.


  9. Da Punchbowl Kid March 10, 2018 10:40 am

    I think it’s true that the RnS will take time to fully implement, but if there are enough coaches and players familiar with it, we may see success relatively early. Let’s not forget that in JJ’s first year, how well they did with it.


  10. Rodney March 10, 2018 12:08 pm

    Sorry but It ain’t gonna work Rolo
    You need Ron Lee, JJ or Mouse on
    staff … It’s like sitting in a class…
    Do you wanna have the teacher
    instruct the class ……
    by a Professer and not a grad asst..
    But heh… good luck to you anyway


  11. winning March 10, 2018 12:51 pm

    For the 4th time, who will be calling the plays? I don’t think anybody on the staff is capable. Just because Coach was our QB awhile back don’t mean Jack ____! Ehh! we gotta score 40 pts or more to win some games. Our D is starting off new, it will take a year at least to get up to speed. Wake up!


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    Tom,
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  13. DoubleB March 10, 2018 1:48 pm

    10, 11 … Whoa, easy, not a single down played yet and you guys all Sour.


  14. cappie the dog March 10, 2018 2:49 pm

    If LSU lights up DiMiero, and it’s still early(lead-off home-run), I think Coach Trapasso should consider starting Logan Pouelsen in the finale. Actually, I have no idea what kind of stuff Uskali has. Is he a finesse guy like DiMiero? OC-16 doesn’t televise on Sundays. What is the deal with that? Is it because they can’t find sponsorship because of low ratings?


  15. Captain Ron March 10, 2018 2:59 pm

    I’m with you, DoubleB, lets give them a chance. And #11, the forth time you’ve asked and nobody answered – and I suspect if they did you’d dis them anyway. You just dismissed the entire staff as unable so why do you care who? And #10, really??? I don’t have any idea how this next season is going to turn out, but I have positive expectations and will continue to until the results (and not someone’s opinion) shows otherwise. I’m backing Rolo and the team!

    Go Warriors! Defend Pride Rock!!
    Live Aloha and play Warrior!


  16. Da Punchbowl Kid March 10, 2018 3:30 pm

    Thanks DoubleB and Captain Ron. Some posters don’t know good times from bad! Our jobs as fans is to support, not tear down.

    Still a fan and not a bot or a troll!

    GO WARRIORS!!!


  17. suckkabooya March 10, 2018 4:08 pm

    It is true that it will take some time for the quarterbacks and receivers to develop trust especially on the choice routes. Maybe those types of plays wont be used as much in the inception of this version of the Run and Shoot. It will be simplified for sure and maybe a bit more deliberate until there is some comfort level shown. The objective is to get your playmakers in space just as any offenses is. The Run and Shoot uses quick passing instead of the customary running plays to set that up so it will definitely be a welcomed sight for us the fans. It may be clunky at first but with a little creativity the objective ( getting playmakers in space) can be met. Maybe a possible hybrid offense may emerge . I believe Coach Rolo can do it.


  18. Mauka Warrior March 10, 2018 4:38 pm

    #11 didn’t Rolo call plays as OC for Mac? Didn’t Moniz throw for 10,169 yds, and 75 TDs against 30 INTs in 3 seasons?

    We should be competitive. And that’s all most of us expect.


  19. Aaron March 10, 2018 5:10 pm

    funny how the naysayers pretend that Rolo wasn’t coaching the 2010 offense or don’t give him any credit for it. it’s like saying that Bill Walsh and Bill Walsh only could ever successfully coach a West Coast Offense and that no one under his coaching tree could ever do it. Rolo played for June Jones and Ron Lee and coached with Ron Lee and Mouse Davis.


  20. islandman March 10, 2018 5:12 pm

    11. Rolovich will be calling the plays, he said.


  21. Paniolo March 10, 2018 5:19 pm

    Dan Morrison – Wasn’t he a teacher at Punahou school? His name brought back fond memories Dan being the quarterback coach under Run and Shoot head Warrior football coach June Jones who had Hawaii great quarterback Colt Brennan.

    Just about every Warrior football fan are thrilled that the Run and shoot will return to our Warrior football team this season. I do hope Dan will hold meetings with current head football coach Nick Rolovich and his new staff and give a few tips on the Run and Shoot offense.

    As Spring practice opens in a couple of weeks, I really do hope, Coach Rolo will have shreaded his 2017 Offensive scheme which resembles his tenure with the Nevada Wolfpacks.


  22. burro sabio March 10, 2018 6:23 pm

    Some people make it sound like Rolo is a total idiot and nothing worked in 2017, so Diociemy must have gained a thousand yards by pure luck. A good coach will keep what works and change what didn’t so a lot of the changes should be in the passing game, just a common sense approach.


  23. z March 10, 2018 7:42 pm

    Seems more like Rolo changed to R&S to suit his staff. I liked last years offense. I did not like the penalties. I think if the defense was better we would have won more games. We didn’t do well on 3rd down defense and even worse on 4th down. Our special teams did some good things but gave up way too many bad plays. Even when June was here the R&S struggled early on and we needed the defense to keep us in games. We will need a good defense period. With Navy and Army early on we will be tested. I think how well they do will be determined by the players. Not in the spring or in the fall but what they do between that. I hope that Rolo doesn’t give up on the run. There has to be a balance.


  24. H-Man March 10, 2018 8:19 pm

    Naysayer? No. I am hopeful, not optimistic about the offense. Just too many questions. No experienced quarterback. Do we have the wide outs? New tackles. All unproven at the D1 level. But who knows. Defense. Okay, I am optimistic about the defense. Staff recruited well to fill the gaps for the D, especially for the DL. Linebackers remain solid. Question at corner.


  25. islandman March 10, 2018 9:52 pm

    21. Offense averaged only 18.9 pts per MW game in 2017. UH defense allowed 33.5 pts per MW game. In 2016, we allowed 31 pts per MW game.


  26. Steve March 10, 2018 9:59 pm

    The Run & shoot is just another way to play offense..it’s based on tactical deception in movement. It takes skilled guys in key positions. If you have that every play has possibilities. It’s the old adage ..physical superiority cancels all theory…if you got the guys, it works. If not? You struggle. Roll seems to have had a good recruiting season. If the pieces fit, Hawaii stands to do pretty well. If not they will struggle—-there’s nothing too hard to figure here. Based on what I have read about the guys they have, I’m betting they will do ok this year. One thing for sure: if they don’t start putting some butts in those seats at the stadium, Hawaii’s football program isn’t going to be around much longer!


  27. Rodney March 10, 2018 10:52 pm

    Oh boy the run and shoot is zen like
    it’s a philosophy…Rolo doesn’t get it.
    I’m totally behind Batoon


  28. Rodney March 10, 2018 11:09 pm

    Ohhhh boy Rolo you are clueless
    Run and shoot is a philosophy
    It’s water…. Shapless …organic
    It’s zen like…..


  29. Rodney March 10, 2018 11:18 pm

    Your play calling should be like water,
    Making its way through cracks.
    Do not be assertive,but adjust to the object and you will find a way around or through it.
    Empty your mind, Be form less, shapeless
    Like Water!!!!!


  30. Whats up March 11, 2018 4:12 am

    #1. Hawaii needs a QB coach like Colt, Chang, Morrison, Moniz or Rolo himself. We all witnessed Dru Brown QB play decline, It’s no wonder Dru left for Oklahoma State to get better QB coaching.

    #2. Rolo is in his 3rd year as Hawaii Head Coach and returning back to RnS was a long time coming for Hawaii Football. Rolo had to recruit for the RnS system, mix in some RPO… that shovel pass was deadly in the RnS… I glad to see it back. Bring back those black on black uniforms from the Hawaii Warriors days. Go Warriors.


  31. suckkabooya March 11, 2018 5:09 am

    Rondey
    I understand, you are quite despondent. Your sarcasm shall be duly noted. However you wish to cope with these frustrations are up to you. You are no less (or more) a fan of UH football than any of us here. Anything can happen. You may be right. Who knows? But I think this is the task we all whished he (Rolovich) would fulfill when he was hired. To rebirth the glory days of the Run and Shoot in whatever hybridized variation. To be rescued from the “Chow Ball” offensive philosophy wasn’t so “free flowing”. I’m sure Coach Jones, Mouse, and Ron Lee will lend some guidance should he ask. Let’s take the training wheels off and see what happens.


  32. w March 11, 2018 5:24 am

    Congratulations, Mr. Tsai!


  33. wafan March 11, 2018 5:28 am

    Hey, what happened.

    Anyhow, a five-time winner, no less. Yahoo, Mr. Tsai!!!


  34. Hank March 11, 2018 6:54 am

    Congratulations Stephen!


  35. PONO March 11, 2018 7:41 am

    Dan Morrison is one of the nicest guys that you’ll meet. Soft spoken and so even tempered. I thought he would stay in Texas to be close to his grandkids but I guess he got the coaching bug and is headed up north. Best of luck to him.


  36. Boolakanaka March 11, 2018 8:17 am

    ST!! Kudos on recognition well deserved– holumua!!


  37. Inyoface March 11, 2018 8:34 am

    Would be intereting to see a tight end type line up as running back in some plays. I mean they already know how to block and can go out for a pass too.


  38. Da Punchbowl Kid March 11, 2018 9:21 am

    Who’s the Man?!

    This guy! http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/03/11/sports/tsai-named-hawaii-sportswriter-of-the-year/


  39. A-House March 11, 2018 9:46 am

    A-House family also add our CONGRATS to our good neighbor for being recognized, for the 5th time, as Hawaii “sports writer of the year”!!!!!!!


  40. A-House March 11, 2018 9:46 am

    but, but, but, I am a robot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  41. Da Punchbowl Kid March 11, 2018 10:08 am

    Let the facts speak for themselves:

    In his first full season as offensive coordinator in 2010, former Warrior quarterback Nick Rolovich helped UH become one of the most prolific offenses in the country.

    Rolovich, who took over play-calling duties in 2009 while serving as quarterbacks coach, directed an offense which led the NCAA in passing at 394.3 yards per game and ranked in the Top 10 in scoring total offense (500.6) and scoring (39.6).

    In addition, Rolovich mentored quarterback Bryant Moniz, who led the country in passing, total offense, and touchdowns. Last season, UH became just the second team in NCAA history to feature a 5,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher, and two 1,000-yard receivers.

    During his tenure, Rolovich tutored first-year quarterbacks Greg Alexander (2008) and Moniz (2009) and groomed them into proficient Division I starters. Alexander regained the starting spot for the final six games of the season and during that stretch, finished the season with a 142.6 quarterback rating, completion percentage of 63 percent, and 14-to-5 touchdown to interception ratio. In 2009, Moniz took over the reins after Alexander’s season-ending injury and threw for nearly 2,400 yards and 14 touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 128.4.

    Let’s not forget about the RB in 2010:

    In his first full season as offensive coordinator in 2010, former Warrior quarterback Nick Rolovich helped UH become one of the most prolific offenses in the country.

    Rolovich, who took over play-calling duties in 2009 while serving as quarterbacks coach, directed an offense which led the NCAA in passing at 394.3 yards per game and ranked in the Top 10 in scoring total offense (500.6) and scoring (39.6).

    In addition, Rolovich mentored quarterback Bryant Moniz, who led the country in passing, total offense, and touchdowns. Last season, UH became just the second team in NCAA history to feature a 5,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher, and two 1,000-yard receivers.

    During his tenure, Rolovich tutored first-year quarterbacks Greg Alexander (2008) and Moniz (2009) and groomed them into proficient Division I starters. Alexander regained the starting spot for the final six games of the season and during that stretch, finished the season with a 142.6 quarterback rating, completion percentage of 63 percent, and 14-to-5 touchdown to interception ratio. In 2009, Moniz took over the reins after Alexander’s season-ending injury and threw for nearly 2,400 yards and 14 touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 128.4.

    Then there were the Receivers from 2010:

    Greg Salas (1,889 yards) and Kealoha Pilares (1,306 yards). Both eclipsed four digits in 2010.

    Green, Pilares, and Salas went on to play in the NFL. Their offensive co-ordinator was the current Hawai’i head coach.


  42. Da Punchbowl Kid March 11, 2018 10:11 am

    Sorry – This was supposed to be the info on Alex Green:

    During his senior year, Green was featured much more in the Warrior offense. Green rushed for 1,199 yards and 18 touchdowns, both of which place second in Hawaii’s single-season rushing leaderboards. During the game against New Mexico State, Green broke the school record for rushing in a game with 327 yards on 19 carries (an average of 17 yards per carry).[5] He was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) player of the week and Capital One Impact Performer of the week.


  43. winning March 11, 2018 11:56 am

    I don’t know but we were 3-9 last year with a 1000+ yd rusher (but granted, lousy D and year before 7-7 with a good D coordinator tho). Also, JJ took a 0-12 team and went 9-5 with a bowl win over Dennis Erickson’s Oregon State team! JJ didn’t have a hard time with the R & S! (we did have a very intelligent, good arm and big Dan Robinson. Matter of fact, Von Appen did recruit excellent players but couldn’t coach. Anyway we’ll see but it doesn’t look good.


  44. Stephen Tsai March 11, 2018 1:30 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=45580


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