Don’t scoff at 4-yard gains. Three of them get a first down and keep the chains moving.
But scoring a touchdown at that pace requires long drives, and those are practically obsolete today.
Spread offenses and wide-open passing schemes are geared toward creating big plays – or “explosive” plays, as many coaches call them. Depending on a coach’s standards, “explosive” plays usually are defined as a play that covers a minimum of 17 to 20 yards.
So, while there may be some debate as to what constitutes an explosive play, there is a universal opinion about them: Explosive plays typically are made by explosive players.
Here’s a list of the 10 most explosive players for the 2009 season.