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With the rise of spread concepts, as exemplified by teams like the Redskins, the Seahawks, and the 49ers, I think the NFL is in the midst of a massive transformation. Recent trends in college football are beginning to influence the way the game is played at the professional level. Dual threat quarterbacks are becoming the norm, and the zone read is becoming a normal commodity in a team's arsenal. Chip Kelly's recent contract with the Eagles seems to be the final stage in this transformation.
So what do you guys think? How do you think this recent shift will impact the game as a whole? Do you think this trend will stick?
I feel like certain teams will revert back to the option like the teams you've mentioned have, but with the way the passing game has evolved in recent years, I don't think they will ditch it.
Yeah, I definitely agree that the NFL will never ditch the downfield passing game. By the way, I enjoy some La Dispute on occasion.
I mean teams like New Orleans and Green Bay will always be successful if they have a respectable defense so I don't think the whole league will revert to the option. IMO, the option is a hell of a lot easier to stop than a back shoulder fade, but it'll be the coaches and GM's decision what to pursue.
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This post was edited by MaizeandBlue21 14 months ago
I think it will only help Urban get some recruits.
Running an "option" type offense certainly doesn't mean the team can't throw the ball downfield. The 49ers and Seahawks proved that.
Yeah, I think the option actually makes the downfield passing game more lethal. For example, at times, Rich Rod's offense got wideouts wide open. Same thing with Chip Kelly at Oregon. When the option run game is going, it can really open things up downfield.
Agree...if the safety "bites" on the run or just doesn't get into his drop the WR is by him during the run action. I'm not a big fan of a QB running a lot though, but having one that CAN run is the key.
The key is to be flexible and have the ability to run a wide array of formations and plays to create mismatches. San Fran actually did a lot of that in the SB
I think Devin Gardner gonna make a lot of money if he stays healthy and progresses
I'm not sure about a massive transformation. The common denominator between all three teams was that they all had a rookie quarterback that played in a spread type offense in college right?
Although the three teams you mentioned did have success with running variations of the spread, my understanding is that these teams needed to simplify the playbook for their talented rookie qb's. Would Mike Shanahan have run different offense if he didn't have RGIII? Of course. Same with Wilson and Kaepernick's coaches.
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. -- Mark Twain
Hey, maybe Tebow isn't done yet.....
Yup. If he can develop as a passer, I see a lot of similarities between him and Kaepernick.
You will see some teams adapt to it, but then defenses will catch on. The NFL is always an evolving battle between defense and offense trying to get the upper hand, and this is a swing with offense on the upside. As more teams use it, more defenses will get used to stopping it and then offense will have to evolve again.
"Isn't it amazing what somebody will do when he can't bunt." - Vin Scully
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