Several players have talked about the verbiage in Sparano's system being simpler than in Brian Schottenheimer's offense. How so?
You can get in and out of the huddle faster. I think a big part of what Coach Sparano is wanting to do is increase tempo and run more plays, so maybe by having less words, then it really helps as far as getting out of the huddle. Last year, we might tag eight different routes, thereís six or seven different guys on things in the play call, where it would just get a little wordy at times. Itís just a lot easier getting in and out of the huddle and everybody knowing what to do. ... We have just as many plays if not more, but as far as the amount of words that are said in the huddle, it is significantly less.
Can you give an example of how a call might be simpler for an individual player?
You might have a combo route, where there is one call on one side and another call on the other side. Or we have maybe just a learned route, where it is one of our staples of our offense weíll carry week to week, where we call one word and everybody has to know what theyíre doing.
In Sparano's system, quarterbacks must learn the offense from the inside out, starting with protections. Is that different from last year?
You see it inside out, and thatís the only way to do it. From the front back, and inside out, thatís the best way to do it. Last year there were more concrete rules, as far as maybe a certain protection, thatís what we do; a certain defense, this is the way we want to protect it; a blitz look, this is the way we want to protect it. This year it can be anything at all different times. We can change the line call, we can change a "Mike" point, we can change the route. Itís a lot of freedom from the quarterback's perspective, and it has been really helpful.