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The Ringer is missing an opportunity to do a real deep dive about the use of the spread offense in the NFL as opposed to in college. NFL coaches and GM’s are always going to be risk averse when it comes to the quarterback position precisely because so much money has to be invested into them. The conventional wisdom says that a spread offense puts a quarterback at greater risk of injury. Yes, Cam Newton seems pretty durable, but he’s also 6'6" and about 250 pounds — other than Ben Roethlisberger, he’s probably the biggest QB in the NFL. It would be interesting to see how many spread offenses top colleges would run if they had pay players in more than scholarships.

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