Steve Spurrier thinks it’s only a matter of time before one or more NFL teams adopt a college-style approach to offense. In fact, he thinks it’s past time.
The South Carolina coach said recently during the Southeastern Conference’s football media days that the Tennessee Titans missed an opportunity to be trendsetters and to take advantage of the physical gifts of 2006 first-round draft pick Vince Young.
Spurrier said the proliferation of dual-threat quarterbacks (e.g. Florida’s Tim Tebow, Oklahoma State’s Zac Robinson, Illinois’ Juice Williams or Baylor’s Robert Griffin) at the college level ultimately will force an NFL team to adjust its thinking.
“I think (Tebow) will be an excellent pro quarterback if the pro team says, ‘Here’s what we're going to run, we're going to run what you've been doing,’” Spurrier said. “I'm still sort of waiting to see a team go a lot to that. They haven't done it yet.
“I thought maybe the Tennessee Titans might do it when they got Vince Young. You know, maybe that's not what's best for NFL. I don't know,” he added.
Spurrier spent two years as a head coach in the NFL before he went to South Carolina. His 2002 Washington Redskins were 7-9 and the next year his team was 5-11. Both years his teams were among the bottom half of the NFC in points scored.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher has given no indication that he and his staff have any plays to utilize Young in that manner.