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“There are no longer NFL or college plays anymore, only football plays.”

I used to write about how pro-style meant something different from the spread offense that rapidly took over the college game and that college head coaches who wanted to market their ability to get quarterbacks ready for the NFL had a useful pitch in running pro-style offenses.

The thing is, it appears the spread has swallowed up the pro ranks, too.

In 2013, I sat down with Reid in a plain room in a college building in St. Joseph, Missouri, where the Chiefs held their training camp. He told me that the college game is five years ahead of the pro game and that in five years, the spread offenses that had thoroughly dominated the college game would finally dominate the NFL. Five years later, it happened. The Eagles beat the Patriots in what Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley told me looked like a Big 12 game. I tell this story often for two reasons: Because it’s amazing how prescient Reid was, and because it explains Reid perfectly. He not only sees the future, but he helps shape it. Reid spent those five years borrowing liberally from other levels of football and has now perfected the form. In 2017, spread plays he ran against the Patriots were stolen by the Patriots and a slew of other teams. Reid famously stole a play last season from North Dakota State. The result? “College” plays are rarely discussed anymore. The levels of football have merged, a process Reid helped…

No, not every NFL coach is running what Reid is, but they’re no longer dismissing it out of hand like they used to, either.  Hey, don’t take my word for it.  Take this guy’s:

In 2018, Belichick said Reid has “over the course of time, been able to modify some of the traditional West Coast principles from Coach [Paul] Brown to Coach [Bill] Walsh to Coach Holmgren and so forth to fit his personnel and to fit new scheme ideas that he’s incorporated. So, West Coast offense is still built around speed, space, and balance—catch and run plays, yards after catch, balance between the running game and the passing game, and getting the ball to skill players so they can make yards with it.”

You don’t need to be a college quarterback in an I-formation offense to be attractive on the next level anymore.  If you’re still wondering why Kirby Smart went out and hired Todd Monken, there’s another reason for you.  The old pro-style sales pitch doesn’t work on the recruiting trail like it used to.

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Over and out

Half the SEC is on this list.

If you’re a Georgia fan, the good news is that there aren’t any new names to wave goodbye to.

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Cashing out

Holy crap, talk about your meteoric rise

It would be inaccurate to say Brady is now in an unprecedented situation. Other young hotshot assistants in college and in the NFL also rocketed to stardom in rapid fashion. For instance, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley became the youngest head coach in the FBS when he took over for Bob Stoops at age 33. Also in 2017, Sean McVay became the youngest head coach in the modern era of NFL football, accepting the position with the Los Angeles Rams just 11 days shy of his 31st birthday.

But Brady is suddenly one of the hottest names in coaching despite his lack of virtually any on-field coaching experience. Before joining the LSU staff, he spent two years as an offensive analyst with the Saints, two years as a graduate assistant under Joe Moorhead at Penn State and two years coaching linebackers at his alma mater, William & Mary. That’s it.

Apparently, that’s enough.

Joe Brady agreed to become the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers less than 24 hours after helping LSU win the national title.

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the 30-year-old Brady, after one year as LSU’s passing coordinator, will return to the NFL and become the league’s youngest active offensive coordinator.

No doubt he’s in line for a substantial raise.  That, plus not having to kiss some teenager’s ass on the recruiting trail?  He’d be crazy not to grab that.  Too bad if you’re an LSU fan, though.

What a country, eh?

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Today, in Dawgrading

Love the admission of self-sabotage combined with a shred of guilty delusion here from Matt Rhule:

Sure, fella, sure.  If only the NFL hadn’t come calling…

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He gone, a continuing series

Bye, big man.  You’ll be missed.

Go chase those dreams.

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UPDATE:  More departures.

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UPDATE #2:  Seth jumped the gun.

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They’ll follow you anywhere.

Neutral site games — they’re not just for college football anymore!

The NFL has also talked internally about playing games in other cities in the U.S. which do not have pro teams, with some buzz about playing a game at Notre Dame or Alabama, as well as Hawaii and cities in Canada. It is viewed as a unique and profound way to grow the game globally and extend the reach of sales, merchandising and broadcast rights around the globe, with there only so much more room for growth within America.

Well, if I’m an NFL player with a choice of a game in Hawaii or Tuscaloosa, I know where I’d prefer to go.

Honestly, I can’t really imagine ‘Bama fans are going to be as taken with the Dolphins coming to town as they are with Nick’s team.  Can you?

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Goin’ natty

I’m not sure I agree entirely with this premise as phrased, but there’s no denying it’s thought provoking.

On the business side, college football has become a national enterprise, with comprehensive, multibillion-dollar media deals increasing exposure and a collaborative postseason system designed to crown a true national champion.

At its foundation, however, college football is still very much a regional sport across the United States. And because regions tend to go about their football differently, as they do with things like food, lifestyle and dialect, there is a simple explanation for why teams from the South have won national championships in 13 out of the last 14 years.

College teams from different parts of the country ostensibly compete for the same top players, but players tend to stay close to home. Those pipelines in the South, spanning from the Carolinas west to Texas, are pumping out rocket fuel.

“It just means more” is not just a slogan in the Southeastern Conference. It helps explain the current state of college football.

I think there’s a lot more tension going on between the two than is reflected merely in recruiting.  But, I do think it’s fair to say that despite the money interests aligned on the national side, it has yet to overcome the sport’s regional appeal.  Old habits die hard, and all that.

The question is, assuming the likes of ESPN need a little help to remake the sport’s approach, what could help them with the reshaping?  Here are a couple of thoughts that popped up in response to Russo’s piece.

From a purely commercial perspective, the NFL is the most successful sports franchise in this country’s history.  If the commercial perspective is all that matters to the folks running college sports, then emulating the NFL to grow college football beyond its current financial standing isn’t bad advice.  For the rest of us, it sucks, of course, but since when did that matter?

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