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Cosell on the Declining Value of Running Backs

From Greg Cosell at NFL Films:

This is really a discussion about the evolution of offensive thinking through the years. An NFL once defined by the running game is now undeniably a passing league. The shift took place over time, and the reasons are too many to enumerate here, though I would submit rules changes dating back to 1978 as the catalyst. That was the year in which both pass-coverage and pass-blocking rules were liberalized to benefit and enhance the passing game.

jazz20's favorite analyst breaks down the change in focus of NFL offenses from run-centric to the pass-heavy schemes that rule the league now. It's a great read that feels like it covers a lot of ground in a relatively brief article. He gives numerous reasons for the prominence of quarterbacks in the modern game, and also goes into some topics that feel like they hit very close to home:

The pass cannot primarily be a reactive tactic, used in long-yardage situations against defenses specifically designed to stop it, both from a pressure and coverage standpoint. It’s too hard to sustain offense that way. You must be proactive throwing the ball, without regard to down and distance. You can do that out of base personnel (1 RB and 2 TE or 2 RB and 1 TE) or you can do it out of multiple-receiver sets and shotgun spread formations. That’s not as important as the simple fact of attacking aggressively with the pass.

Given Cosell's previous dismissal of the Air Cameron system, it certainly feels like he had a certain, Mid-Atlantic Offensive Coordinator in mind as he typed this passage. Cosell's article and Cameron's history certainly don't give much additional hope for future attempts at the Super Bowl.

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