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November 22, 2013, 09:40 AM
The Wildcat. Every team jumped on the bandwagon and it appears they've jumped off just as fast.

The Veer.
The Fun and Gun.
The jump pass.
The drop kick.
H Backs.
Fullbacks (not a passing fad, but a casualty of said fads).

Is this a topic worth discussing?
November 22, 2013  10:16 AM ET

I dunno, so much "goes around then comes back". Do these really pass, or just rest/reycle later? And UF got some good utility out of the wildcat last week. Also, jump pass is just a play while others are strategies.

Drop kick is definitely past -- but it's cousin, the rugby-style punt, is making some progress.

November 22, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

but it's cousin, the rugby-style punt, is making some progress.

And its ****-nephew, the blocked punt is very exciting and should be here for the long haul!

November 22, 2013  10:19 AM ET

**** = bas tard

November 22, 2013  10:23 AM ET

Wasn't one of the Yogisms "deja vu all over again"?

I swear every week while watching CFB I'm having flashbacks. I am seeing the single wing formation in HD instead of grainy black and white!

Or, I'm real drunk...but I don't have a hangover the next day.

November 22, 2013  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I dunno, so much "goes around then comes back". Do these really pass, or just rest/reycle later? And UF got some good utility out of the wildcat last week. Also, jump pass is just a play while others are strategies.Drop kick is definitely past -- but it's cousin, the rugby-style punt, is making some progress.

"Drop kick me Jesus through the goal posts of life."

November 22, 2013  10:29 AM ET

A recent fad seems to be the football version of the pick-and-roll. It's breathed new life into the wheel route.

Pick plays used to be illegal, so receivers would run routes straight at the ref hoping the ref picks the defender. Not seeing that as often now.

November 22, 2013  10:36 AM ET

As soon as DCs figure out how to break an attack, its time to come up with another attack. I've been wondering lately if the reason we see legacy offenses come back around is the know-how to defend it has long since retired. Football is becoming a game of rock-paper-scissors.

November 22, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Football is becoming a game of rock-paper-scissors.

Hasn't it always been that way to some degree? Like most competitions, you find a way to get ahead of the other guy, then he counters and finds a way to get ahead of you.

November 22, 2013  09:20 PM ET

"Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment - that which they cannot anticipate." --- Sun Tzu

November 22, 2013  09:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Wasn't one of the Yogisms "deja vu all over again"?I swear every week while watching CFB I'm having flashbacks. I am seeing the single wing formation in HD instead of grainy black and white! Or, I'm real drunk...but I don't have a hangover the next day.

Kinda like trends in education, dear colleague. Nothing new under the sun; simply repackage the old theorems and pass them off as innovative and original.

November 22, 2013  09:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Hasn't it always been that way to some degree? Like most competitions, you find a way to get ahead of the other guy, then he counters and finds a way to get ahead of you.

AKA, a chess game played in cleats. How many move/plays ahead one can extrapolate can mean the difference between a three-and-out series versus a 10-play drive that results in a TD.

November 22, 2013  09:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Kinda like trends in education, dear colleague. Nothing new under the sun; simply repackage the old theorems and pass them off as innovative and original.

Very good analogy.

November 22, 2013  09:35 PM ET

Quality Quad.

Anybody for W.W. Hayes' old "Button-shoe" offense? How about Wes Fesler's "Razzle-Dazzle" single-wing? The Spread HUNH will eventually become moribund, too. C'est la guerre.

November 22, 2013  09:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Very good analogy.

And a Quad Block! B1G speed at work on this end. ;)

 
November 22, 2013  11:50 PM ET

hj

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