So even if Patterson hasn't actually coached against Rogers, he should certainly have a wealth of old game tapes to study in West Virginia's archives. Jimmye Laycock, in his 34th year as the head coach at William & Mary, brought Rogers in to revive what was a dismal offense last season, so the assumption is that Rogers will employ the same type of schemes he's used at all those other stops.
Truth be told, however, Patterson isn't poring over old tapes of Rogers' offenses. In fact, while he no doubt concedes that Rogers will improve the Tribe offense, he doesn't see him changing it that much.
"This is just my opinion, but with Coach Laycock I think they're going to do what they do and what they've done for a long time,'' Patterson said. "They've been very successful and I find it very hard to believe that he's going to just all of a sudden come out and do something completely different from what they've been doing.''
So Patterson hasn't spent the past month going back and watching old McNabb highlights from his Syracuse days?
"I'm not saying that I haven't,'' Patterson said with a grin.
What Patterson has spent the past month - and longer - doing is rebuilding West Virginia's defense. His main objective, at least from a schematic standpoint, was to create a more multiple defense that can adapt to whatever teams throw at it.
If he's been successful, it shouldn't matter how Rogers and the Tribe - or anyone else - decides to attack.
"When you have a system, it doesn't matter what [the other team throws out there],'' Patterson said. "The way we've built our system, there's nothing that's going to catch us off guard. At least theoretically.''
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