In the past few seasons, we’ve seen spread offenses evolving at a quicker pace using no-huddle quick tempo, run-pass options, and nontraditional personnel groupings (for a spread offense) to befuddle defenses and tip the scales in their favor. Defensive coordinators have been challenged to keep up with these attacks and adapt their own philosophies to the changing times.
Even with this advantage, some offenses are doing their best to push the envelope even further to remain on the bleeding edge of efficiency. Many teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles, Ohio State Buckeyes, Baylor Bears and the Cal Bears are leading this charge.
This season, we will explore these variations, the challenges they present, and what defenses can do to swing momentum back in their court (next post).