It has been said many times that the NFL has become a passing league in recent years.
Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey is known in personnel circles as one of the better quarterback teachers in the league.
He was asked during last month’s NFL owners meetings to explain why the passing numbers have gone up in recent years.
“The players in the last 20 years have gotten so much bigger and faster and the field has remained the same. Actually, the field has shrunk,” Gailey explained. “So you’ve got bigger, faster players playing on a smaller area, so how are the offenses going to do it. They can’t run up inside because they
are so much stronger. They don’t have enough room to run outside because they’ve run out of room. So the only way to get the ball to people in open spaces is spread it out. And what has happened is we have the advent of the colleges spreading it out and creating guys like (WR) Roscoe Parrish, all the guys that are the little, quick guys that play in the slot and now how do you get those guys involved because they’re pretty special when they have their hands on the ball. Tight ends and fullbacks are harder to find, so you spread it out. I’m talking about (John) Mackey tight ends, not the guys you see today. They are bigger wide receivers.”