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Innovation! Misdirection! Part 2.



Misdirection At 360 Degrees

The great late Miami legendary head coach Don Shula (this writer believes) invented the hook and ladder. Was this a signal of how much misdirection an NFL play could utilize, this writer guesses so but believe there is so much more misdirection then just the hook and ladder.

Why not on as many plays as possible, toss and turn and kick and drop kick!  Rugby players hardly turn over the ball by having the ball tossed forward and when they do, ho-hum!

A Kicking QB: The Blooper Punt

It was 45-10 Chicago Bears over the Washington Football Team (WFT) at Soldier field on September 30th, 1985.  Four months later, the Bears would  beat the New England Patriots by the same score to win their first and only Super Bowl.

That season—very exciting–the Super Bowl shuffle, Sweetness, Chicago replaced WFT and the 49ers as the nation’s sweetheart and team to beat in the NFC.

But the true excitement for football fans like this writer was with Buddy Ryan’s incredibly innovated 46 defense.

The same defense that current WFT head coach Ron Rivera was a member of back in the 80s.

A highlight or rather low light of Joe Theismann playing career came on that September day in 1985 when facing Ditka’s Bears.  An immortalized Gibbs quote to Joe Theismann on the sidelines, “Have you ever punted?” as Theismann’s punt traveled a yard for one of the most infamous punts ever in WFT history, at least.

Off the side of J.T.’s foot when he filled in for injured punter Jeff Hayes, the moment a true WFT blooper for any age to laugh at.

How Boring Is Today’s Game

Nowadays, even the bloopers in the NFL are starting to seem like repeats and have gotten boring.  Who is yawning, this writer!

We have had the Mark Sanchez’s  butt fumble and Jim Marshall’s running the wrong way and the Thanksgiving day beauty of Leon Lett running the wrong way. Was it a Donovan McNabb as a Redskins quarterback who once did a quick kick, this writer remembers that one.

Ball Control, Small Control

Ball control-do not turnover the ball-march down the field in 10 plays about, or, a bomb—yawn, yawn, yawn.

See many a year ago, Gibbs innovated with the two tight end set and the counter trey. San Francisco 49ers great Bill Walsh did the same with the West Coast offense—short passing attack.

Where Has The Innovation Gone

For years, the game was out of control fun with coaches taking seasons to catch up to innovations.  This century, how many innovations have there been—RPOs with QBs getting hurt, not many. Now, everyone is an expert on 2-deep and Cinderella and her fairy godmother.

 A Glimpse of the Future in Seattle, By Accident:

It all starts on special teams.

At that game in Seattle, the WFT down most of the game and lifeless took the lead, 14-13.  The Seahawks home crowd had its life sucked out of it.  This writer at that game hollered when on that kickoff Antonio Brown recovered the pigskin…WFT lost, 35-14.  That kick, a form of Thor-B!

Meet Thor-B

Meet Thor-B, short for Thorpe-ball named after Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox descendant) the discriminated against by the NFL all-world running back, kicker, punter greatest of them all!

Always having the run-pass-kick option on every offensive play is allowed in the NFL.  Let’s use it, the rulebook that is!

What Direction The WFT Should Take

Considering this writer has never made more than $25 an hour, hire me!

Using the rulebook, more importantly as a fan.

The Thor-B Innovation

This is my vision.  Run-Pass-Kick option on every play, the NFL rulebook allows for it!

The qb, rb, wr, te, t-eligible, and center would all be trained at run, kick and pass. 2 years of training after practice, sort of like the horse versus the locomotive!

This vision expanded: Three Jim Thorpe types in the backfield playing qb-hb-fb.   The more options an offense can have, the more things a defense has to game plan against the better that offense is.

Back to some of the players this writer mentioned above, how about Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott and Dwayne Haskins in the backfield and qb position all at once, meet Thor-B.

Figuring out ways to extend plays with multiple handoffs, laterals, kicks, rucks (a Rugby way of advancing the football before going to the ground), and the center position is reborn.

The Cal Bears kick return unit all were rugby players on the field the day of  ‘The Play.’  Just watch that video to see how a group could be marching down the field with laterals.  But that is too rugby style—Thor-B involves the offense.  Yes, as mentioned before, it all starts with special teams!

The Future of Thor-B

Eventually, the NFL best plays are re-written: all the plays on offense—rushing and passing–where 6-8 players are giving Herculean efforts as opposed to 1 or 2.  The Immaculate Reception cannot be beaten but Thor-B would give it a run for its money!

Gosh, every rugby player dreams of the forward pass because they know it cannot be beat.

The bomb meets the option: meet Thor-B.  Yes, the Drop Kick lives again.

Much more difficult to drop kick with an NFL sized football as compared to the bigger and lighter rugby ball, does British football player Harry Kane want to drop kick in the NFL?




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