I have taken upon myself to watch a little film on Jerry Kill's offensive football at Minnesota, circa around 2012. I will discuss with Joe on if I have the bandwidth to conduct a more extensive film interview during the bye week (I am traveling to Arkansas and Saudi Arabia over the next week.)
Some initial thoughts:
1) Kill had very limited offensive personnel with the Gophers. His best offensive players appeared to be Texas recruits.
2) Kill's quarterbacks were big and physical. His "better" passer was only completing around 50% of his passes. Hence, they were leveraged heavily in the run game. Most of the passing attack worked shorter routes in the middle of the field. That may be a byproduct of personnel.
3) In order to enhance the value of the quarterback run, Kill's quarterbacks attacked their fakes on read options. Following the hand off, they would attack the line of scrimmage looking ahead rather than at the back. They would also physically engage potential tacklers and force them to account for the QB. That also meant his QB took some extra bumps, but it opened things up for the tailback. Honestly, watching Kill's teams, it would seem that Quincy Patterson would be a more talented version of his QBs.
4) Kill used the quarterback under center and a TB/FB combo much more than we currently see from the offensive staff. It doesn't necessarily translate into huge production, except it made their naked bootlegs more effective. Minnesota was a very strong bootleg team, with the quarterback being as much a threat to run as pass. The bootleg was effective because Minnesota made a concerted effort to run the ball down hill.
5) I could see Kill advising more pistol and I back looks for King. Perhaps giving him more time to read the blocking would enhance his effectiveness. While he looked terrific versus Furman, he got into the line so fast on several runs that he missed some nice holes.