The spread is not used in the NFL because those coaches are terrified of any and all risk, and see a QB as too valuable a commodity to be "hit too much."
What's YOUR ideal offense?
1. Speed. NFL linebackers and other defensive personnel are much faster and less prone to whiffing on a fake than their college counterparts. A lot of stuff that works in college doesn't work in the pros, and it goes back a long way. Ever see option plays in the NFL? Maybe once in a while, but this staple of the college game never made it in the pros because the defenses were too good and sniffing it out and didn't miss the tackles. The spread option suffers from the same problems.
2. Personnel. NFL rosters are limited to 53, whereas college rosters go over 100. Not only that, free agency means a large percentage of that 53 needs to be replaced every year from a limited pool of experienced players. It's too difficult to get the right personnel in for a system that needs drastically different personnel, given those circumstances.
In college, #2 isn't a factor, and #1 is only one when facing elite defenses. Even then, it's conceivable that a spread-option team overcomes these problems with other strengths. But what about when EVERY defense is an elite defense? This is why it doesn't fly in the NFL.
suits me just fine. They run with power, they can throw the deep ball and they can run wide as well. With Wilson at QB, Wisconsin may be as close to perfect as they can get.
You have to have a QB that is mobile, but can throw with accuracy and a quick yet powerful running game. And you top it off with fast WRs that can create separation. What's not to like. The only thing wrong are the unis. They should be wearing maize and blue with winged helmets.
In my dream world I'd love an old Bo offense where you grind people under your cleats and punish them and enjoy doing it and passing is for wussies. But that won't really work nowadays.
For effectiveness over a long period of time, I'd go with the multiple offense style LSU runs. They can do it all, and well. Miles gets called crazy, but doesn't get enough coaching credit (or enough disdain for the shady stuff).
So maybe some middle ground? I haven't seen enough of them to be sure, but I loved what I was seeing from Stanford last year. NFL QB, could grind people into the turf, but creative and mixing it up.
Michigan-wise the most unstoppable Michigan offense I've ever seen is the 4 wides run by Brady in '99. The only way to stop it was snap it over Brady's head, or pull him out of the game.
But as I've said, I'd still rather see the Bears '85 defense with the Sterl Curtain and the Purple People Eaters led by Butkus. You know...the '97 defense.
The 2003 or for that matter the 2006 offense with someone with the mobility of the Devin Gardner as opposed to a John Navarre or Chad Henne. Those sacks versus USC in the Rose Bowls were the only things that made me question what we ran.
I liked that offense.
... Needs to get back on the sidelines.
Here's one for you: take some of the Air-Raid stuff and mix in a little (I'm sorry for this, in advance) of what OSU did in '06 with the 4 wide, singleback (Wells, Pittman) look, and you've got a potent offense that stretches the field horizontally, vertically, and adds that slashing bruising Running back up the gut. -type stuff.
I guess, in summation, that's largely what Oklahoma's done for the last decade, so, uh, that!
I'd take pro-style offense with a strong line and quick back. Lots of trick plays though.
have been pulling off some fun things with their vertical passing game out of the spread option set.
I agree too that Texas Tech was a lot of fun to watch.
NFLesque offenses (proset/I-formation) are not much fun to watch in my eyes, and part of the reason I favor college football over NFL in the first place.
Statuesque quarterbacks, QB waggles (dude, you're Tony Pike, 6-6 and 233 lbs, you'll be cut down before you ever make it to the outside hash!), the droning, predictable run-run-pass-punt playcalling progressions, and sissy-sliding quarterback. Man, it just doesn't appeal to me.
I prefer offenses in football where the quarterback shows real cajones, is good at scrambling, runs the football, dives for first downs and touchdowns, and throws a wicked block or two to blindside LBs on a double reverse.
That's fun to watch.
If you ever watch a college game played by Washington's Warren Moon, Nebraska's Turner Gill, Oregon's Dennis Dixon or Michigan's Rick Leach, you'll understand what I mean.
I agree with an above poster: Oregon, Rich Rod's or something similar to Auburn last year. Combine that with a "Michigan Defense" and you will have an unstoppable machine that will be in the hunt for a national championship every year. I wish we could have at least seen what RR could have done with elite talent and a decent DC.
Spread n Shred slanted more towards the run and blindingly fast no huddle. I use a variation of Oregon's offense on NCAA 12, and can usually put up a ton of points against my opponents. In real life I think it works pretty well too though...