Bombs Away Bourdon

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
This is about Analy football coach Dan Bourdon and the spread offense, but let’s start with Keith Simons, the coach at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Simons loves the spread offense. He began running the spread as an offensive coordinator at Wayne State in 1991 and, I’m quite sure, he’ll be running the spread 50 years from now out of the Fairhaven Rest Home.
There are different versions of the spread. Some schools such as West Virginia have run quite a bit out of the formation. Simons isn’t one those coaches. He hates to run the ball. No. Really. It’s true.
I haven’t forgotten something SRJC assistant coach Al Scott said a few years ago about Simons’ love of the forward pass, “He will never run the football. We could have Emmitt Smith and Herschel Walker come out and say they wanted to play for us and he wouldn’t care. He’d ask them what kind of hands they had.”
The point is that Simons’ passion for the spread is off the charts. And it’s also infectious. At one point a few years ago, six former SRJC quarterbacks and two wide receivers who played in Simons’ offense were coaching the spread as offensive coordinators in college or high school. Two other former QBs were offensive position coaches at schools that used the spread.
This brings us to Bourdon, 28, who played quarterback at SRJC under Simons and caught a severe case of spread fever.
This means when Bourdon’s defensive coordinator is talking to him about stunts and blitzes, Bourdon is daydreaming about bubble screens. When a concerned parent is discussing the virtues of “establishing the run,” Bourdon is thinking of ways to create a formation with 10 wide receivers.
I realized this after Analy’s 35-16 victory over Santa Rosa on Saturday. During the game, Tigers sophomore quarterback Jake Zanutto had thrown four interceptions in the first 25 minutes and Analy was tied with a team they should have been beating as a result.
After the game, I asked Bourson if he had considered dialing down his team’s pass-happy offense given his young quarterback’s early struggles. You know, mix in a few more runs. Get his sophomore signal-caller settled down.
Bourdon smiled. It was obvious the thought had never crossed his mind.
“You can’t call too many runs in a row,” he explained.
Of course, Bourdon’s go-for-broke philosophy worked just fine.
Zanutto tossed three touchdown passes in the next nine minutes, Analy took a a 21-point lead and on the Tigers’ sideline, I’m guessing, a young spread disciple gave thanks for the forward pass.