If he could do one thing to improve the quality of quarterback play for the next generation of NFL fans, Joe Theismann would stop the widespread use of spread offenses in college football.
In Theismann’s estimation, they’re preventing today’s best and brightest quarterbacks from developing the all-around game needed to succeed at the sport’s highest level. The spread, which is all the rage in the Big 12 and throughout Texas’ high school ranks, revolves around shotgun snaps and quick throws to receivers in space.
But it is light on football fundamentals. At least the ones valued most by NFL general managers.