"We packaged it differently, that's all," Dawson said. "You're probably not going to be able to see it just looking at it, but the internal organization of the offense has changed. We grouped things together and simplified it. There's not as much now. It was about cutting things out as much as making it make sense all the time."
A large part of that can be directed back to the new players, but Dawson said he and Holgorsen would have done the same review no matter who was graduating or returning. The offense doesn't have a lot of plays or parts, but it's easy to add or adjust here and there and add layers that don't always need to exist.
"When you're dealing with a system without too many moving parts, you can get to thinking you can do more than you actually can," Dawson said.
Plays, formations and player groupings aren't going to change - and they haven't changed for a long time, anyway - but Dawson said the outcome saw WVU removing complexities and adding clarity. There are fewer options now and better terminology.
"It's just the inner workings of communication on the offensive line, just little tweaks on the offensive line," Dawson said. "A lot of the communication as far as sideline to the quarterback, quarterback to the line, quarterback to the receivers, just things where we got together and made it make sense and made it work in such a way that it'll roll a lot better during the course of the fall."
If it's a simpler offense for the players, the same must be said of the coaching staff and the new offensive assistants. Holgorsen lost three assistants in the offseason that he'd worked with for many years and at different schools.
"Terminology is huge," Dawson said. "We changed some terminology to make it make sense. And when you add new coaches, it has to make sense. Our offense didn't always make sense in the past, but when you grow up in it, it makes sense because it's always what you did."
Jake Spavital, Bill Bedenbaugh and Robert Gillespie knew the offense before they got to WVU, but they're no longer a part of it after leaving this offseason for new schools. They were replaced by Lonnie Galloway, Ron Crook and JaJuan Seider, who helped Dawson and Holgorsen address things by simply arriving and getting to know the offense.
"To have people come in look at it, it didn't make a whole lot of sense," Dawson said. "It got to the point where protections and everything and the way we call it, a guy can look at it and say, 'Yeah, I understand why you call that 'six,' because it's six-man protection.' Before, we might have called it 'nine' or something and a guy would be like, 'Why would you call it that?' "
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at m...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.