Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sometimes People Make Football Too Complicated

Chris Brown runs Smart Football, one of the best written, most interesting football sites on the web.  Here's a story he told recently that gets to the heart of the overanalysis and preoccupation that occurs in the football world:

Overheard at a coaching clinic:

Coach 1: “We just couldn’t stop you guys from hitting the speed out. We used our Tango technique, then switched to the Dragon Claw alignment, and even whipped out the Lombardi Kung Fu grip and we still couldn’t handle it. What are you guys doing to make that that route so effective for you?”

Coach 2: “Our fast kid runs it.”

The next time you hear a color man or commentator go on and on about a scheme or a strategy, consider this story.  Football is played by athletes, and ultimately it isn't crafty formations and elaborate game plans that win games, it's bigger, stronger and faster athletes.  Chip Kelly would be the first to tell you that it isn't the spread; it's LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner, Carson York and Mark Asper that make the Oregon offense so formidable.

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