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Shawn Jansen: Give fans what they paid to see and fill the sky with footballs

I've always thought my colleague James Burns was a little dull.

This just proves it.

It appears Burns favors a running offense over a passing offense.

We're talking about somebody that would probably start running a four-corner offense in basketball with a two-point lead in the first quarter.

He'd bunt and play for one run in the first inning of a baseball game.

If he had his way, football players would be playing in sweater jerseys and leather helmets.

This is 2007, Burns.

Football fans want to see exciting plays. There's nothing more exciting than a stellar passing attack.

Chicks dig the long ball.

Sure, he'll play the Dos Palos card.

He'll point out how DP has won 15 Valley championships behind its running game.

Well, I have my own theory about that.

If you take a look at the DP record book, you'll see quarterback coach Mike Van Worth and head coach Mike Sparks sitting No. 1 and 2 as the school's all-time passing leaders.

Guess who's calling the plays in DP?

What a better way to protect your passing record than to call a bunch of running plays.

Teams have proven you can win without the old 3 yards and a cloud of dust strategy.

There's nothing wrong with putting the ball in the air.

Just look at the state championship bowls last year.

We saw Jimmy Clausen lead Westlake Village Oaks Christian to the Division III championship with his right arm.

It was Orange Lutheran quarterback Aaron Corp stealing the show in the Division II champioinship game.

We saw some great passing attacks here locally led by Merced's Logan Todd and Golden Valley's Chris Randle.

I doubt anyone will soon forget Todd setting the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game record with his 453 yards passing against Vacaville.

Now that was exciting.

If Burns had his way, you would have saw a short, 14-7 game with both teams pounding the ball between the tackles all afternoon.

You might as well have a running clock.

Where's the imagination in that?

An effective passing attack is very much like a choreographed dance. Everybody has to be in sync from the offensive line, the receivers and the quarterback.

It's all about timing.

The passing game can attack an opposing defense any where on the field.

That's why the say the cornerback is the lonliest position in football. With so much field to defend, he's at the mercy of the opposing receiver.

Sure, you're going to have to run the ball to keep teams honest and to keep them from destroying your quarterback.

But if I'm running a team, we're going to give the fans what they want.

We're going to air it out.

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