Why Can't NFL Coaches Be Creative with Plays?

Dave SmithCorrespondent IJune 4, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 26:  Coach Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings watches from the sidelines as his team plays the Arizona Cardinals November 26, 2006 at the Hubert H. Humprey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Every time you turn on the TV and watch the NFL, you never see anything creative that makes your eyes glisten in excitement. You see every coach in the league run the same plays every year.

First, they run the ball left, right, and down the middle in a predictable fashion. Then you always see them throw on the third down. It's a cycle.

You never see any trick plays or anything creative. If NFL teams would run something new instead of the same old plays, the defense would never know what to expect, and it's an easy TD!

So, would it really hurt for an NFL coach to at least come up with one trick play in a game, instead of having the same conservative, plain, ordinary, predictable offenses that all NFL teams run? Is it really hard for an NFL coach that makes a million or more a year to come up with something different! 

Let's take the Vikings, for example, because I know all about their team and I watch them every week. They are going into the season with Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson, Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, Chester Taylor, etc. They have so many tools to work with and can use them in many ways.

They could have Peterson and Harvin both serve as RBs on the field at the same time. They could have Harvin go out for a swing pass and a fake hand-off to Peterson, or they could do the opposite. They could have Harvin take the snap and have him and Peterson go in a speed option.

Alternatively, why can't they come up with different formations that'll leave the defense guessing where they're going to go?

So, if you're an NFL coach doing your best trying to win games, then at least make an effort to try to win them!