Sonny Dykes wants Cal’s “Bear Raid” offense to be faster still in 2015.
The Bears ran off 87.2 plays per game in Dykes’ debut two seasons ago – nearly matching the pace of his 2012 Louisiana Tech team, which led the nation in scoring.
The Bears backed off a bit last year, averaging 81.3 snaps to rank fourth in the Pac-12 in that category. But they made that work for 38.2 points per game – second-best in the conference.
“It wasn’t close to where we wanted,” Dykes said of last season’s tempo. “We’d obviously like to get faster and more efficient. At times in camp we’ve been close to what we want to see.”
The slower pace a year ago was by design, Dykes said. The Bears added layers to their offense, and the coaching staff wanted quarterback Jared Goff to feel comfortable and function efficiently.
“We felt like at times we rushed him a little bit the first year,” Dykes said. “We were incredibly simple (the first year), then year two we become a little bit more diverse. That slowed us down a little bit, and required Jared to think a little bit more. Now you hope you can be more diverse and still be faster.
“The good thing now is I think he’s probably more comfortable the faster we go.”