Spurrier says NFL must adopt college-style offense

Monday, August 3, 2009 at 11:00pm
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Steve Spurrier

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.


 

4 Comments on this post:

By: house_of_pain on 8/4/09 at 6:21

Yeah, Steve, NFL teams need advice from you.
You were so successful in Washington.

By: Dore4Life on 8/4/09 at 9:43

That is precisely the reason why I receive far more enjoyment out of watching college football than NFL. However, as much as I agree with Spurrier's theory, the NFL doesn't change. The only successful dual threats QB's in the NFL have been Steve Young, John Elway, Brett Favre, etc. However, in the NFL, they are merely utilized as single threats. Therefore, Vince Young, Tim Tebow, etc. MUST fit their dual threat abilities into the NFL system in order to have any long term success.

See Michael Vick as the prime example. How many passing yards did he have at Virginia Tech compared to two full seasons the NFL? Okay, now how many rushing yards did he have at Virginia Tech compared to two full seasons in the NFL? He isn't a QB that fits the NFL system. That's why he should play CB when he returns unless he goes somewhere like Minnesota and is only required to attempt 10-15 total passes in any given game.

However, Spurrier does make an excellent point. The best college QB's will likely not be drafted by the NFL anymore if all the top programs turn to spread philosophies and recruit dual threat QB's to run them efficiently. Ergo, in such a situation the NFL will need to either: A) gamble on the top college QB's or B) draft the lesser talent that fits the NFL system. That brings me to my next point: THE NFL NEEDS TO INSTITUTE AN MLB-QUALITY MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM FOR THEMSELVES! And while their at it, they need to call their sisters from the NBA and suggest they DO THE SAME THING!

By: Dore4Life on 8/4/09 at 9:44

That is precisely the reason why I receive far more enjoyment out of watching college football than NFL. However, as much as I agree with Spurrier's theory, the NFL doesn't change. The only successful dual threats QB's in the NFL have been Steve Young, John Elway, Brett Favre, etc. However, in the NFL, they are merely utilized as single threats. Therefore, Vince Young, Tim Tebow, etc. MUST fit their dual threat abilities into the NFL system in order to have any long term success.

See Michael Vick as the prime example. How many passing yards did he have at Virginia Tech compared to two full seasons the NFL? Okay, now how many rushing yards did he have at Virginia Tech compared to two full seasons in the NFL? He isn't a QB that fits the NFL system. That's why he should play CB/KR/PR when he returns unless he goes somewhere like Minnesota and is only required to attempt 10-15 total passes in any given game.

However, Spurrier does make an excellent point. The best college QB's will likely not be drafted by the NFL anymore if all the top programs turn to spread philosophies and recruit dual threat QB's to run them efficiently. Ergo, in such a situation the NFL will need to either: A) gamble on the top college QB's or B) draft the lesser talent that fits the NFL system. That brings me to my next point: THE NFL NEEDS TO INSTITUTE AN MLB-QUALITY MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM FOR THEMSELVES! And while their at it, they need to call their sisters from the NBA and suggest they DO THE SAME THING!

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