The System Has Crashed: The Dominance of the Texas Tech Offense

Nick VandiverCorrespondent INovember 5, 2008

I've been hearing this term thrown around all the time. It just aggravates to me such a point that I almost need to take some pills and sit down. It just infuriates me how people these days try their absolute hardest to take away from the achievements of other people.

This term seems especially popular in college football, where offenses are so dominant.

Ready for the word?

I hate mentions of offensive "systems."

That's right, "systems." It's really just a calm little word that doesn't say much. You wouldn't think this word could make someone very angry—but that's where you'd be wrong.

People these days, especially analysts, love to say that certain players aren't really as good as their numbers say because they are in an offensive "system." They say that because they are in an offense that is specifically designed for their talents, they aren't really as good as they think.

Let's just get one thing straight here, people: The system doesn't make the players. The players make the system. Oh sure, maybe a speedy receiver might not be as much of a threat in the Nebraska running offense of old. They would hardly ever get the ball.

But because today's offenses are either balanced or pass-oriented, there really isn't any kind of system out there. Every team runs some similar style of plays and formations, with slight variations.

Of course, the biggest example would be the Texas Tech Red Raiders. As most college fans know, they are probably the most lethal offense in the country. The combination of Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree is probably the best in the country, and this is coming from a big Chase Daniel/Jeremy Maclin fan.

I digress. The Red Raider offense has often been called a system simply because they throw more than anyone else. But what does that matter? The New England Patriots pass just as much, but Tom Brady was MVP, wasn't he? No one calls him a system quarterback, do they?

The fact of the matter is that Graham Harrell has become the victim of an age-old discrimination that spread offense quarterbacks don't succeed as much in the NFL because they don't ever get used to the higher caliber defenses.

Here's the truth, naysayers: Graham Harrell is an elite quarterback and has been for three years now. He has the arm to make all the throws, and he has great size and pocket presence for a college quarterback.

Michael Crabtree has also been neglected. It has been said that the only reason he has great numbers is because he has Graham Harrell. Well, let's put Crabtree on any other team.

Let's watch him take a little middle screen 50 yards down the sideline as he burns everyone on the defense.

Michael Crabtree is simply a playmaker. There's no other way to say it. He makes crazy catches at the most clutch moments and does miraculous things after he catches it. He's the complete package.

All in all, I think I've said my piece. The "system" has become a frequently used term, yet these systems wouldn't work with other players. Do you think that Drew Brees would be as great as he is in a running offense?

The players make the offense. Not the other way around.