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Doug Flutie says NFL becoming more like CFL
- Updated: June 24, 2014
A man who has played both in the CFL and NFL, is starting to see the NFL becoming like Canada. Former quarterback Doug Flutie who played eight seasons in the CFL before returning to the NFL, says the excitement in the NFL is turning into the same excitement that the CFL has had.
Flutie wrote an article for TheMMQB.com’s “Canada Week”, in which he breaks down how the NFL’s turn of exciting offense, is turning into what he played in with the CFL.
“The game in Canada was more exciting, more explosive, more wide open. It was what the NFL is now becoming. We were going no huddle, over the ball, from the time I got up there. No-back sets, six wide receivers, throwing the ball all over the field. There is a 20-second clock between plays rather than 40. It just creates a pace that the NFL is now realizing to be more exciting-and actually more effective. The NFL is turning into a no-huddle, up-tempo, fast-paced, throw-the-football type of game now. The CFL has been that for the past 30 years.”
Freedom at the quarterback position was one of the major reasons why Flutie loved the CFL, as he stated that he felt NFL coaches wanted total control of the offense during his playing days. Flutie did however, credit Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as two quarterbacks who have freedom in the NFL.
So now that there is much more freedom among the NFL offenses, how does Flutie feel he would’ve played in today’s game? Much better, even more of a franchise guy in his own words.
“I’m pretty sure the trajectory of my career would have been different today, I would have been in a position to be more successful in the NFL running some of these current styles of offenses, and I think an NFL team would have been more open to turning me into a franchise guy if things went well.It has turned into a little bit different mentality now with the success of guys like (Drew) Brees and Russell Wilson, and the success of the spread offenses in the NFL.”
It’s a telling tale of how the NFL is changing on the field, but now if there would stop being so many other rule changes and policing of the players, the NFL would truly be as exciting as can be.
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