In Era of Explosive Offenses, What Does the Future Hold for NFL Defenses?

September 28, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's an inescapable law of football physics: defense always wins.
Since the dawn of football history, defenses have always had the advantage over offenses. Even when new players, new coaches or new rules have breathed life into the offensive game, it's only been a matter of time before the suffocating blanket of defense has snuffed it back out.
In today's game, though, offense is blowing up like never before. The combination of rules changes, the prevalence of the shotgun formation and the switch to endless multiple sets have defenses dropping back in soft zones and hoping they hang on.
Have today's wildly multiple formations, unprecedented pass-to-run ratios and read-option shenanigans finally broken the cycle?
Can defenses ever regain the permanent edge they seem to have lost?
The Karmic Cycle of Football
On the surface, it seems like the offense has the upper hand. They start with the ball, after all, and only they know how they plan t...

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