It was revealed on NFL Network’s “Playbook,” via Pro Football Talk, that the New York Jets tipped their hand on a third down and goal from the Pittsburgh Steelets one yard line late in the fourth quarter of the AFC Conference Championship game last Sunday.
How it was tipped for the life of me I still don’t understand why they do it.
On that play Steelers outside linebacker Lamar Woodley jumped up and swatted down a pass at the line of scrimmage. On the show it was revealed that Woodley knew that a pass was coming due to right tackle Wayne Hunter lining up in a two point stance.
I understand the reasoning as it supposedly gives the offensive player the ability to get back and setup in front of the defender faster.
However, that wouldn’t be necessary if offensive lineman weren’t so fat in the first place. Twenty years ago offensive lineman were about 30 pounds lighter and losing weight can help one’s speed. Also, a offensive lineman can just simply work on his reaction to when the football is snapped.
In the end, it just goes to show in the National Football League every minute detail matters if you want to get to the Superbowl.