Missouri’s Gary Pinkel has a feeling that defenses are starting to catch up to spread attacks.
“It’s not based on empirical evidence, but I just sense so many people run versions of the spread offense – even I-formation teams – that people are getting better at defending it because they see it all the time,” Pinkel said Monday.
And Mack Brown provides more support for the it’s-the-Jimmies-and-Joes camp.
Texas coach Mack Brown has made the recruitment of anti-spread defenders an emphasis.
He said all players in the secondary, safeties included, must be able to be shut down receivers in man coverage. Linebackers have to be fast and able to cover running backs or receivers coming out of five-receiver sets. The linemen all must be effective pass rushers so the need for blitzing is reduced.
Hell, forget about the spread. Shut down safeties, linebackers that can cover receivers and pass rushing defensive tackles – what kind of offense couldn’t you defend with those kinds of players?