Bill Belichick (h/t Chris Brown) has noticed another trend the HUNH hath wrought. College receivers aren’t as NFL-ready as they used to be. That’s because you can have the play fast, or you can have the play detailed. But you can’t have both:
“I’d say there’s a lot of teams and a lot of players we’ve talked to in the last couple of years where … I don’t want to say it’s common, but certainly more common,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. “Run a go, run an in, run an out, you know. Run a bubble screen. Whatever it is. It’s given independently to a number of players. Maybe four, five, six or seven different components of a play. Yeah. I’d say that’s a little different than the traditional call a play, we all have an assignment, we all go out and run the play. I think that’s becoming more and more common in college football.”
It’s become a challenge for NFL teams to get those receivers up to speed as rookies.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Belichick said. “Because they haven’t done it. I’m not saying they can’t do it. It’s just that in some cases, they haven’t done it. You’re teaching a player a concept. We call a play within that play, 11 people know what to do. In a lot of cases, that’s not what they’re doing now (in college).
“Conceptually, though, it’s a definite difference between hearing one thing and running a play and hearing another thing and running a play and just hearing your assignment and not getting the concept of the play. It’s just different. When you’re trying to run plays as fast as you can run them without a huddle (in college), as soon as the play is over, run to the line and run the next play, it’s obviously faster to just give the guy an assignment rather than run the whole play and try and communicate the whole play and get everybody to do it. Teams that are running those types of offenses in college have obviously developed a system that facilitates a faster tempo. And that’s part of it. It’s something we are having to, I don’t want to say adapt to, but it’s different than some of the traditional play calling we’re familiar with.”
At some point, wouldn’t you figure this becomes factored into how five-star receivers get recruited by colleges still running pro-style offenses?