Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 12, 2012

Football: The changes from past to present


Nehlen even said it would “be fun to try and defense that thing,” adding:

“The thing that puzzles me when I watch it is, if they are going to count people — when there are so many in the box they run and when there are so many in the box they pass — then you have to make it a situation where the quarterback doesn’t know how many are going to be in the box.

“You have to move people or make those down linemen stand up, or put two guys in one gap, then move one over there. See, the biggest advantage a spread team has is the clock. They line up and the coach looks from the box, sees the defense, then sends it to the guy on sideline and he signals it to the QB.

“If the guy up in the press box doesn’t know how many defenders are in the box, then he has to wait a little longer. That makes the guy on the sideline get nervous, and he’s wondering what’s going on up there in the box. And the quarterback, he’s really nervous because there’s no play coming in and the clock is ticking down to 12, 11 ... all of a sudden the big advantage for the offense becomes an advantage for the defense.”


Bob Hertzel is a columnist for The Times West Virginian in Fairmont, W.Va. Contact him at

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