Amen to that. I've grown weary of the "genius" title or even the "offensive genius" title being thrown around in reference to RR. His version of the spread option offense was innovative in 2005 but did not evolve to meet the defensive responses to it. It reminds me of high school, where often the QB is the best athlete on the team and his passing ablility is secondary to his athleticism. Others in the coaching ranks have taken what he created and modified it to great success, this I do not dispute. However his system as created at Tulane, refined at Clemson & WV & attempted at Michigan has, IMO, lost its advantage.
I know others here will trot out Oregon, Auburn, Florida & others to defend the merits of the spread offense, however as I've posted before. None of those systems come even close to RR's in terms of QB running attempts. They all modified the spread to counter the defensive adjustments to the straight read/option spread. Lumping all of those offenses together and coloring them with the same brush is equivolent to saying any team that uses short passes in their scheme is a "west coast team" when thats just not accurate.