Myth Busters: Debunking 3 of the Most Overhyped Theories in the NFL

May 18, 2012No Comments

The NFL does a great job of building up a buzz around all 32 NFL teams. In fact the NFL does an even better job of building up so called truths around the game that the average fan takes as gospel. Ironically, some of these things couldn’t be further from the truth. Today we shed light on those lies.

  • Halftime adjustments are critical.
    • Halftime adjustments are important. Just not nearly as important as the TV analysts want you to think. What really happens at halftime during an NFL game? Well for starters NFL halftime is only 12 minutes (save the Super Bowl) so that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to change up the offensive or defensive scheme.

      What people fail to realize is the majority of adjustments in the NFL are incremental and take place after each series when the players head to the sidelines look at pictures of the formations being thrown at them and talk to their coaches. So the next time you hear an analyst spouting off about halftime adjustments remember it’s more likely that players and coaches are emptying their bladders than filling up chalkboards with strategies.
  • Playing a first place schedule is tough.
    • Is it really? Since the league added the Houston Texans in 2002 and expanded to 32 teams the majority of most teams schedules are quite similar. Don’t think so? Check out this fun fact: Every team in each division plays the same schedule save for two games. Here’s the breakdown: 6 division games, 4 games against a division in conference, 4 games against a division out of conference, and 2 games against teams in conference who finished with the same record the previous year.

      So in essence the first place schedule comes down to two games that are played against first place teams from two other divisions in conference who finished with a 1st place record the previous year. The reality is no one knows who has a hard schedule until the season unfolds. Teams that were great last year could drop off and teams that were bottom feeders can rise up. It’s called parity and in a league so rife with parity the idea of a 1st place schedule being heralded is almost comical.
  • Good teams playing angry after a loss.

      Let me blitz or else...

    • I hear this cliched adage all the time. Some announcer talks about a good team who lost a game and how they will wreak havoc on next weeks opponent due to the anger suffered over the previous week’s loss. Really? Seriously, unless the descendants of Bruce Banner are strapping up the next week being angry doesn’t do a whole lot for being more productive.

      But you know what does work? Focus. I guess it doesn’t sound manly to think that 300 lb men in the wake of a loss would likely spend more time watching film and working on their techniques rather than throwing around massive amounts of weight and making grunting sounds like the feral creatures we make them out to be. I admit playing angry sounds good but it doesn’t hold water when you examine that peak athletic performance comes from focus, precision, and execution and not Gamma Radiation.

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