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.
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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