Re: NFL: Too violent or Rukes changing the game too much?
I can't remember who made the point earlier in the week, but here is a summary.
In the 70's and 80's, it was rare to see a WR run routes over the middle, through the LB-patrolled area. WR's who caught passes over the middle were known as extremely tough guys, like Cris Carter. Offensive coaches had to modify their schemes to avoid certain defensive players, because they knew their player would get blown up if he was in the wrong area. If you played the Raiders, you didn't run routes that would allow Jack Tatum to destroy you.
Now, in 2010, coaches are devising gameplans where DeSean Jackson (175 lbs) are running crossing patterns. QBs continually leave their WRs hung out to dry by throwing the ball high over the middle. I think the whole mindset has changed to the point where some offensive coordinators don't care (or aren't knowledgeable enough) to avoid getting their players killed.
Does anyone think it's a good idea to have DeSean Jackson run a crossing route through the Steeler LBs? If we were back in the 70's or 80's, I don't think many coaches would gamplan that.
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