Originally Posted by Doomsday101
Football runs in phases what is the big thing today is not that big tomorrow. Big WR in the NFL is not a recent thing there were times when the vast majority of WR where big. Then we saw the dolpins have success with Duper and Clayton so many teams started looking at the small quick WR. I feel the same about the argument of the pocket passer vs the running QB. When a team has success with the likes of a Marino or a Fouts other teams look at that and want to find the same and same goes for the more mobil QB but this is not something new it has always flipped flopped from 1 to the other
What the most desirable attributes are in a player is to a great extent cyclical.... but the big, fast, aggressive receiver really is an innovation. The Smurfs in Miami really didn't look much smaller than Lance Alworth, in my memory, anyway. What was notable was that Shula played the two of them together, and they were so good.
It wasn't so very long ago that Mike Irvin was being hailed as the new prototype because of his size and aggressive approach to the game. He ended up earning that regard. He did open things up to a new type of wideout. A fearless hybrid go-to/ possession receiver, almost blurring the line with a receiving tight end, a la TO, and Tony Gonzalez..
Now the new crop of big tough receiver is coming equipped with REAL speed, without losing much in agility or quickness. They might not have the timed speeds of the classic burners, but on the field the Larry Fitzgeralds and Mike Williams are game speed fast. Not to mention Roy Williams.
That's what we haven't seen in the game before. We've had everything from Hayes to Rice to Keyshawn, but now we are getting a glimpse of the future, which is....
The complete package.