Wednesday, April 1, 2009

NFL Scouts Really Dislike the Spread Offense.

Great article from regarding NFL coach frustration in evaluating college players that played under a spread offense scheme.

"The NFL guys I talk to on a daily basis are getting frustrated," Mayock said. "And I'm like, 'It's too bad, guys, because that spread offense is not going away.' "

- Mike Maycock, NFL Network Draft Analyst.

In my view, the NFL has got to change anyway. For the most part, NFL football on Sundays is either outstanding, because 2 of the top 5 teams in the league are playing each other, or it's just godawful. There's nothing in between.

The running game in the NFL is ridiculously boring. Run, run, pass, punt.
No amount of quarterback sissy-slides or Peyton Manning tightend-pointing audibles is going to change my mind.

In college football, we can observe matchups between spread offense teams versus power I, or pro set type offensive teams. Faster teams can shred the bigger and stronger teams. Some Saturdays the muscle teams are simply too much for the spread option finesse teams. There's balance.

In the NFL, you have Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis. Both running pro-set, vanilla offenses. Quarterbacks with rocket propelled grenade launchers for arms shooting footballs downfield to flamboyant, megalomaniacal wideouts.

The NFL's own offering needs variety. And I, for one, am pleased that the college football ranks are coughing up smaller, faster, stronger and more aggressive athletes and playing styles. I'm pleased that college coaches are forcing inventiveness and greater creativity upon the NFL's cobweb-covered playbooks.

There was a time when the NFL running back threw a crap load of touchdown passes and punted just as often.

It was the 1930s and 1940s

Times change.

And the NFL will too.

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