In the most prolific passing era the NFL has ever known, NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling openly wonders if the percentages have been pushed so far to the pass that some offense goes the other way to take advantage of defenses designed to stop the pass. Could the power run game return as the offense du jour in the NFL again?
NFL.com points to Tennessee, Dallas and Los Angeles as teams taking such an approach. Here’s an excerpt that includes a quote from Titans GM Jon Robinson.
If smaller, quicker defenses are built to stop the pass, why not turn back the clock to the power football of the 1970s and ’80s?
“Teams are starting to build to play in sub-defense now a lot, so they are going to more defensive backs,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson explained to The MMQB after last month’s draft. “Well, to counteract that, we can play a bigger game, and maybe move some of those smaller guys off the ball, if you will.”
Surprisingly, Buffalo was not mentioned as a team subscribing to this approach despite leading the league in rushing and yards per carry average last season. With Karlos Williams and Jonathan Williams on the roster, true power football is a viable option for the Bills as well.
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