September 13, 2011

NFL Coaches And Their Boring Play Calls

     Remember when Cam Newton was in the Jon Gruden QB camp, being belittled because most of the plays he called at Auburn were two-digit numbers?
     I was reminded of that not when Cam was putting up big numbers against Arizona, but the day after, on Monday Night Football.  The commentators were describing the Dolphins' new "left lane" offense, which revolved around more passing and a faster, or even nonexistent, huddle.

     Look around the league, and you'll see tons of examples of fast-paced offense.  A few years ago, Miami began running a lot of plays in the "Wildcat" formation, which put a running back under center in place of a quarterback.  Now somewhere around half of teams use a variation of it.  The Atlanta Falcons experimented with a no-huddle offense this past Sunday.  How about when the positioning of the referees changed, and Peyton Manning got mad because his team was calling plays and lining up faster than the refs could get in their spots?

     NFL coaches always seem to emphasize speed and efficiency, yet they're stuck on the traditional methods of play-calling.  When is one of them going to figure out that they can find exactly what they're looking for in the college game?  Why couldn't "36" replace the standard nine-word play call?  As Newton said, "Simple equals fast."  And when you call a play quickly, the defense is forced to come up with a play just as quickly, they get tired, and they can't make the substitutions they want to.  None of that changes from college to the pros.  That's why NFL coaches always flirt with the idea.  Maybe someday you'll see Jim Harbaugh holding up cards with ESPN personalities' faces and random words on them, just like he's seen from Oregon.  It'll probably work, too.

1 comment:

  1. Very good point you make there my friend. Keep up the good work bro.