… sounds like something Bobo ran his last few seasons in Athens.
Coaches are human, and like all humans they get intrigued by what’s next, the evolution of technology, of thought, or in this case their sport. And after a decade of college teams embracing the spread and spread-option, coaches are thinking about what they can do with more runners in the backfield and tight ends on the line — commonly known as a “pro set.”
One of the draws of this approach, according to Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, is that it renders problematic a trend in recruiting specialized defensive players tailored to stopping the spread such as nickelbacks, pass-rushers and those who slide from defensive back to linebacker.
“If you start to utilize more two-tight end sets, that could be problematic for defenses,” he said.
But the pro sets seen on Saturdays will include a proven college ingredient: faster pace.
Genius, I tells ‘ya.