Over at the Coaches Hot Seat Blog, they’ve taken time out from indulging in flag waving rants about the BCS to put up a pretty good post about the spread option offense.
I completely agree with this:
… If the NFL does begin to have a backlash about drafting college QBs that are running the Spread Offense, then that will definitely have an impact on how both current college QBs view the Spread, and more importantly how up-and-coming recruits view signing with a school that exclusively runs the Spread Offense. Colleges that decide to stick with a “pro-style” offense might just find themselves in a very strong position in the coming years as both the demand for “pro-style” QBs increases in the NFL, and top QB recruits look to play football at colleges that give them an opportunity to be picked high in the NFL draft. The next 3 to 4 years may very well determine which direction the Spread Offense will go in the game of college football, because there are several high profile QBs working within a Spread Offense right now…
And they make a solid point about what a great spread option QB Steve Young would have made.
They also toss out this thought in discussing the type of offense they would run if they were a college offensive coordinator.
… we would also include the Al Davis special in the playbook, the long bomb play with our fastest receivers, which is play that we don’t see much in college football, or even in the pros anymore. It is almost just worth to run the long pass a couple of times each game so that the cornerbacks are aware that the play exists, and are not always biting on the shorter routes. We all remember Jim Plunkett with the Raiders effectively running the “bomb” on many occasions, and it is interesting that so few teams really try to “stretch” the field with the long pass anymore.
That’s one reason why I’d take a slight tradeoff in Stafford’s completion percentage numbers this year. If you’ve got the big gun, you’ve got to take a few shots with it.
But I digress. Take a look at the whole thing, especially about what you need to have on defense to slow the spread down. Like I said, it’s a good read.