Originally Posted by SkinsHokieFan
Have NFL teams figured out Rodgers/Brady/Brees/the Mannings?
Yes, they have figured out ways to defend these QB's.
Are they still good QB's? Certainly. But teams have figured out a gameplan in order to get the best of them. Rodgers, Brady and Peyton are no longer quite as effective as they once were. Still great QB's, but not producing the large numbers they once were. Brees is not going to put up the numbers he did last season. Why? Teams eventually adjust how to defend him.
The problem with a collegiate style offense is that they usually call for the QB to do some sort of running. And given the salary cap and how important reps are in practice to a QB, it's a real risk to have your QB running around a lot because noticing that mobile QB's get injured more often is like noticing that NBA players tend to be tall.
It's a giant risk for a team because good QB's don't come cheap and it's difficult to have two quality QB's on one team without getting hurt in the cap. Then they usually want to have the starter get all of the reps in practice. With that, that's why teams in the NFL tend to eschew collegiate offenses with the QB running around, the 'punishment' for your QB getting injured is too great, particularly for a 20 yard run.
Even the QB's that run more of a bootleg style and don't run a lot are more prone to injury as well.
I think once defenses let RG3 try and beat them with his legs and key more in on Morris' running and defending the WR screens it will force a big adjustment on RG3's part.
That's the difference between the Skins offense and what the Patriots ran, which is really a version of the Run-n-Shoot, except it uses pass receiving TE's and more importantly, has Brady operate more from the shotgun. Brady didn't rely on bootlegs and option reads to move the ball and outside of an unlucky play against Kansas City (and Brady is bigger in size than RG3), he never got hurt.