Originally Posted by MasterOfPuppets
wouldn't you think a team running a pro style offense , with a good rushing attack ( georgia 2008 ) would have a field day against these evolving smaller defenses ?
The thing is, that college teams running a spread effectively can get into a real shootout and then teams with pro-style offenses built on more balanced run and pass attacks might not be suited to play from behind.
Its really a matter of stopping the spread offense with speed. That is why a spread in the NFL would not be as effective, because the collective team speed of defenses will run stuff down going east-west.
In the NFL, the quicker the ballcarrier can get to the safety, the better he is. That is why the big O linemen like Mack and Wood go early, while smaller and quicker guys like Luigs, Unger, Shipley go later......even if they were great blockers in spread offenses.