Copycat League

As everyone who’s ever watched an NFL broadcast for more than five minutes has been told by an informative color commentary analyst, the NFL is a copycat league.

The best defense in the league is a 3-4? Multiple new teams will be running the same defense the next year. The spread offense? The Wildcat? Covering your mouth with your play laminate? All of these things begin to pop up around the league the second one team makes them successful.

Here’s a look at some of the tricks a few teams have used that you can expect to become widespread next season.

Ex-con free agents…

Obviously the rise of Michael Vick to levels he never reached before he was incarcerated has increased the optimism that free agent and current convict Plaxico Burress can be successful next year. Expect teams to take it a step further. Up to, and including, framing key players for felonies, letting them sit a year or two in prison, and then reaping the benefits of their new found humility and “take nothing for granted” attitude.

White running backs…

Peyton Hillis’ remarkable season combined with Toby Gehrart’s increased role in Minnesota is sure to result in a resurgence in white running backs. White receivers will continue to play in the slot and draw comparisons to Wes Welker, even Brandon Stokely who was playing before Wes Welker.

Interim Coaches…

Now that interim coaches Jason Garret and Leslie Frazier are a combined 3-0 after taking over for their fired predecessors, it’s safe to say next season there will be a barrage of firings just to install the coveted interim coach. When that coach starts to struggle, fire him as clearly he’s become too permanent and install a newer, more interimy coach with more to prove.

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About Andrew Sleighter

I'm a comedian from Seattle, recently transplanted to Los Angeles. I like watching sports.
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