Texans post mortem reminds that football and futbol have similarities

While on a morning drive today I was listening to the break down of the Texans loss at NE yesterday and a thought came to my mind as the host talked about the lack of a deep threat on offense that they lacked against NE.
Of course this will be examined up and down through the rest of the week and where the future of the Texans will lie.
Now I don’t profess to know the ins and outs of NFL football but there are similar aspects of attack and defense that compare.
The hosts simple comment made me think of soccer and the fact that team’s are always trying to be dangerous in a variety of ways.
As much as the Texans need to have a deep threat in order to “stretch” out the game the same lies in the game of soccer. Having a threat behind defenses creates more space in front of defenses, and it creates additional space and time for midfield players.

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I would imagine in the NFL it is essential to an offensive game plan to have a deep threat and bring possibility to opposing defenses to make it more difficult to scheme.

We learned in Houston in consecutive years that a threat behind defenses in the playoffs was essential and that role and target was Calen Carr who sadly got injured in the MLS Cup Final after a wonderfully timed run behind the LA defense and a finish.
New Dynamo signing Omar Cummings will be asked to provide that threat in the absence of Carr. Still a blend of strikers that make runs behind defenses, check back into midfield to be part of the build up, and can hold play up is vital to unsettle opposing defenders.
Variety, possibility, unpredictability in attack is essential and it must include a threat behind defenses.
See futbol and “American” football might not be so different after all.

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Comments

  1. c.l. says:

    Glenn, agreed. Not too much difference in ‘strategery’, but a huge difference in enjoyment for the fan. Wall Street Journal, back in 2010, picked apart a couple regualr season games, and came up with:

    “According to a Wall Street Journal study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes.

    In other words, if you tally up everything that happens between the time the ball is snapped and the play is whistled dead by the officials, there’s barely enough time to prepare a hard-boiled egg. In fact, the average telecast devotes 56% more time to showing replays.

    So what do the networks do with the other 174 minutes in a typical broadcast? Not surprisingly, commercials take up about an hour. As many as 75 minutes, or about 60% of the total air time, excluding commercials, is spent on shots of players huddling, standing at the line of scrimmage or just generally milling about between snaps. In the four broadcasts The Journal studied, injured players got six more seconds of camera time than celebrating players. While the network announcers showed up on screen for just 30 seconds, shots of the head coaches and referees took up about 7% of the average show.”

    Fellow glenndavissoccer.com followers: Feel free to share that tidbit of knowledge with those who wish to debate you on the redeeming qualities of football over soccer. You MAY be able to access some stats here:

    http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/Comparing-Four-NFL-Games.html

  2. glenndavis says:

    The NFL has the model and the attention with limited home games and popularity.
    The next step for MLS is to build more value in television through ratings. What is the answer?
    Continued improvement and desire to improve product, improve broadcasts on television, find consistent time slots etc.
    I believe local/regional tv has to be prioritized.

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