- Feb 5, 2008
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And it's worth noting that when you throw all underneath powder-puff routes, you'r INT's disappear. Today's offense is finely tuned to the rule changes, specifically to avoid run defense of the DL and LB, so all these short routes are really 50/50 shots at chunk yardage run plays with WR's who can focus on Yards After Catch (YAC) because the rules mean those 7 -12 yard routes are going to be untouched by defenders when they receive the ball. Then they're behind the LB's and into the secondary on what now becomes a chunk yardage run play. It's fundamenally game-changing, and no wonder every offense in the NFL takes advantage of this pot of gold of new rules.I had to double check my recollection. Actually, Dan’s TD to INT ratio was slightly better than Staubach’s. It’s actually only Joe who’s was better which is impressive in that Dan threw the ball deeper than Joe on average. Again, these guys play today and it’s regularly 35:5 type stuff.
IMHO, these rules changes have as big of an impact on the NFL as the 3 point line has on the NBA. It's literally, game changing. You can't really compare centers from before the 3 point line to centers today ... it's simply not the same game. Ditto for QB's from the earlier era to today's neutered defenses and QB safety and WR's running free untouched.