Detroit Lions tipped play call vs. Buccaneers
If you have been following along for the past couple of days, you are aware of the fact that the University of Michigan football program is under investigation for illegally stealing play calls from future opponents. But, in the NFL, this is not only something that happens on a regular basis, but it is something that is encouraged. In fact, teams actually have advanced scouts who attend games of future opponents to try and pick up certain calls/tendencies, etc.
The Detroit Lions may have tipped a play call vs. the Buccaneers
“Wait,” Detroit Lions left tackle Taylor Decker said. “That’s a rule?”
Decker added that Lions QB Jared Goff may have tipped a play this last week against the Buccaneers, though the Lions still ended up gaining 20 yards. He said Goff audibled multiple times and Decker heard the defense yell, ‘It’s a screen! It’s a screen!”
“It was a screen, too,” Decker said. “And we got 20 yards.”
“Sure, there are times where they know if we line up in situation in this formation, these are things we do,” Decker said. “And sometimes, we don’t care if they know what we do. It’s just what we do, and we’re going to do it, because they still have to stop it. I’ve played against players where a guy knew every play, and I think that’s a testament to their film study and knowledge of offenses and shifts and formations.”
TL;DR (too long didn't read)
- College vs. NFL Scouting: The recent controversy surrounding the University of Michigan football program's alleged play-call stealing has raised questions about the differences between college and NFL scouting. In the NFL, the practice of advanced scouting and understanding opponents' tendencies is not only common but actively encouraged.
- Taylor Decker's Surprise: Detroit Lions left tackle Taylor Decker expressed his surprise when he learned that stealing plays was illegal in college football.
- Decker Says Detroit Lions Tipped Play Still Worked: Decker said that a tipped play against the Buccaneers still netted 20 yards for the Lions.
Bottom Line: A Game Within The Game
The difference between college and NFL scouting is stark, with advanced scouting and understanding opponents' plays being common and encouraged in the professional league. Taylor Decker's surprise at the illegality of this practice in college football highlights the complexity of football strategy, where knowing and tipping plays can make a significant difference in a highly competitive sport.