Originally Posted by SkinsHokieFan
Great article written by Chris Brown of smartfootball.com
Part of the discussion we have had over the past few weeks is about running an "NFL offense" My argument has been that the pistol elements which the Redskins/Seahawks/49ers/Panthers are now running, in part to the talent at the QB spot, will be the future, and the attack that Andrew Luck is running, which he is asked to force the ball down field and is committing many turnovers
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Yet even NFL coaches call it a college style of offense, not a pro style offense...
“They’re way ahead of everybody else in terms of their commitment to a really college style of offense,” Carroll said of the Redskins.
Some call it a gimmick, some call it college style and some call it high school... I see the same plays run on Friday nights everywhere. My 11 year old son's football team ran the pistol all season long.
Where I think the offense will ultimately fail in the NFL in the fact that it is primarily based off of misdirection. Even the plays discussed in the article you posted were designed misdirection plays. Why do misdirection plays work? Undisciplined defenses. I feel that with the amount of time the NFL coaches can devote to film study and practices in the offseason it will get figured out. Maintain your gaps, don't follow the flow of the offensive line, follow the ball, read your high hats and low hats. These are all part of being a disciplined defense. And right now, teams running the pistol and read option plays are simply taking advantage of what has become lazy NFL defenses. I'd bet that this season will wake up a lot of D Coordinators and make them realize that you can't just sit back and find the QB sitting in the pocket, or just scheme your defense to follow the flow of the play to the ball anymore, because you never know where the ball will be.