From Chris Brown’s “The Future of the NFL: More Up-tempo No-huddle” post today:
It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that huddling is an archaism destined for the dustbin. I say it’s a slight exaggeration because there is a value to huddling, primarily when you have a great leader at quarterback as a huddle is an opportunity for him to show his leadership skills. But otherwise, it’s inherently inferior to going no-huddle. It’s slower, which is a problem both in games but also in practice where your offense gets fewer reps, and, maybe most importantly, the safety net of a huddle leads coaches to transform plays that can be communicated in just one or two words into multi-syllabic monstrosities.
The NFL has been slow to adapt, but he thinks that may not continue.
But things may be changing, led by an influx of college quarterbacks comfortable in the movements of the no-huddle. As Tom Brady shows every week, there’s an art to manipulating the defense in the no-huddle. As Tom Brady shows every week, there’s an art to manipulating the defense in the no-huddle. And there’s an incredible value to this, as NFL defenses become more and more complex…
… I’m somewhat more confident about seeing more no-huddle in the NFL both because there was more of it last season, but also because of those young quarterbacks…
A couple of things to consider here: first, if the NFL is in fact trending in that direction, will that blur the value to the pros between college quarterbacks coming out of pro-style systems like Georgia’s and those coming out of spread attacks? And second, if that’s the case, is it possible that was on the mind of Bobo when he pushed Georgia’s offense in more of a no-huddle direction last season?
Don’t laugh. Georgia takes pride in preparing quarterbacks for the next level (remember the bragging about how Detroit’s coaches loved Stafford’s readiness coming out of college?). It’s something to sell on the recruiting trail. And I don’t think it’s a sales point they want to lose. Has Bobo seen enough from Brady and Manning and the systems their teams run to have drawn a conclusion similar to Brown’s?
I may be reading too much into this – hell, I probably am. But I will be curious to hear what scouts have to say about Aaron Murray and Murray’s coaching as he gets closer to the NFL draft one day soon.