About 50 years ago the wishbone looked unstoppable. But eventually, coaches figured out how to stop it, and now it’s largely an interesting memory. But, for a while, it was incredible to watch. Until defenses solved it.
Flash forward to the spread. Or tempo. Or whatever you want to call it. It has been successful enough that even mighty Alabama had to adjust. It became a giant killer.
Now look at how bad LSU looked trying to stop MSU with a ‘standard’ defense using mainly man to man on the back side. Compare that to a moderately talented Arkansas defense getting pressure with 3 and dropping 8. They have been magnificently coached up and played with discipline.
Other teams will be studying the film to see what Arkansas did. And some of those teams will be 3 deep in 4 and 5 star players. The liabilities of the spread/tempo offense might be exposed and exploited.
I wonder if teams might have to eventually move back to more of a pro type offense with the QB going back to being under center to take snaps? Some aspects might be here to stay, but it will interesting to see what happens in the future.