Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
Originally Posted by finomenal
Well the NFL has always been lacking in innovation. They take concepts that begin at the high school and collegiate levels and copy 'em... thus why the NFL refers to itself as a "copycat league". There's typically been very little innovation at the NFL level since the league was formed.
Innovation in football has always been found at the high school and college levels. This is where concepts are born. From the single-wing to the wishbone, to the 3-4 defense, to the Run-&-Shoot, to the spread offenses we see today... it all began in high school or at the college level.
It's the concepts, or certain elements of the spread that has found its way into the NFL. Not all of the concepts are kept, some are simply scrapped. There are numerous variations of the spread.
Mike Leach's "Air Raid" version of the spread is the one he learned from Hal Mumme at Kentucky during the Tim Couch days. Leach has made his own tweaks to it (wider splits with the oline, etc.) It is much more short pass oriented. Mumme's version used a lot of mesh concepts to rub linebackers.
June Jones version of the spread goes back to John Jenkins' Run-&-Shoot at the University of Houston in the early 1990's (David Klingler era, etc.) June Jones has made his own tweaks to that system, mainly operating out of the shotgun rather than under center like the R&S used to. The QB used a 3 step drop that turned into a half rollout.... set up directly behind the offensive tackle.
It's a lot more difficult to run quick screens and bubble screens to the WR's from under center, which is why they all operate out of the shotgun nowdays. These versions of the spread aren't "spread to run" systems, they're spread to pass. The numerous bubble and smoke screens run nowdays in these systems are nothing more than running plays to these coaches. A bubble screen is essentially a toss sweep out of the backfield. Same concept.
Art Briles spread at Baylor is another version of this. Except he used extremely wide splits with the WR's, which is designed to stretch a defense horizontally in order to convert zone coverage into man coverage.
Urban Meyer's version of the spread is more "veer" oriented... or "spread to run". It's much more power based in it's concept. He uses more traditional staples of power running plays (pulling guards, kick outs by the TE or H-back, etc.) It's not a typical 4 WR version of the spread that operates mainly off the 4-verticals concept.
Gus Malzahn's version of the spread is essentially the same as Meyer's. It's a "spread to run" that uses a lot of power based concepts and heavier personnel packages (having a TE as opposed to another WR on the field).
Rich Rod's version of the spread is a little bit of both of these. It's more like June Jones and Mike Leach's version of the spread in terms of personnel (4 WR's), but is much more like Urban and Malzahn's in terms of what his bread and butter (spread to run). He uses mostly zone read.
Steve Spurrier's offense is a spin-off of Mouse Davis' Run-&-Shoot. Spurrier took Davis' offense and made it more balanced. Mouse Davis is considered the founding father of the Run-&-Shoot, and all the concepts of these Air Raid offenses can all be traced back to him.
Now you have hybrids of the WCO and the spread that has resulted in "the West Coast Spread Offense", which is basically what Mike Sherman runs. It incorporates specific timing routes based off the QB's drop (West Coast) combined with the QB operating mainly out of the shotgun and utilizing the 4-verticals concept (spread) that began with the Run-&-Shoot. The tweaks are found where instead of 4 receivers, you're splitting an athletic mismatch at TE out wide. Basically, it's simply a change in personnel from a 10-personnel package to an 11-personnel package.