It basically goes like this, the bigger NFL linebackers only appear slower because of the relative speed of everyone else on the field, much like the guy who finishes last at the olympics looks slow... compared to everyone else. But he's still a world class olympic athlete, and is still bloody fast. The size of the field and the size of the players leads to an unfair view of what we see as slower.
I agree that the size of the field affect how the speed of players looks, but I think it?s the other way around. Players look faster on a smaller field. Actual speeds are fairly easy to compare these days because of all the draft numbers out there on the net. There are NFL combine numbers and Pro Day numbers and if you look hard enough you can find SS numbers to so it?s quite easy to prove with hard evidence that CFL players tend to be faster.
I can agree with the fact that there are a lot of really good players in the CFL, who, skill wise, can match up with any player in a similar position in the NFL. However, they are unable to play in the NFL because they are considered too small. Hence they play in the CFL. But, changing this around to say smaller backs are more suited to the CFL is facetious reasoning.
That?s not a reason I?ve seen anybody state. Backs are better for the CFL game because they are quicker and faster and generally better open field runners who can take advantage of the greater amount of open field in the CFL game. It just so happens (by laws of physics) that these super fast and quick players tend to be smaller and coincidentally that makes then deficient in terms of the power needed to play the NFL game.
If you give me Kenton Keith, with all the skills, speed and manouverability he possesses and add 2 inches and 25 pound onto him, he wouldn't be suddenly not suited to the CFL anymore, he would actually become more dominant as his size is a plus, not a negative in his skills. Or consider Reggie Hunt (my rider tendencies aren't showing through in this discussion). Take all his skill and speed and add 2 inches and 20 pounds to him, all of a sudden if he blitzes he commands a double team, and if he gets an open crack on a slot back, the hit hurts that much more.
You?re missing the point. Yes, if KK was 2 inches taller and 25 lbs heavier and just as quick and fast he would be even better at the CFL game, but there isn?t a single back in the NFL who is that size who has KK?s speed and quickness. I?m not sure there is a single back in the NFL with KK?s speed and quickness period, no matter what the size, but KK is too small and fragile for the NFL game IMO.
So I say thumbs up to the player in the CFL. It is great that we get to see a lot of world class football players up here who couldn't cut it sometimes because of their size and nothing else. A lot of these players are more skilled than many of their NFL counterparts but again, their size holds them back from playing in the NFL. Is it fair, who's to say, but in football bigger is better.
Incorrect again. As a Rider fan you will know that Nate?s size is a problem and there was talk of putting a weight clause in his contract. In the NFL Clarett recently got too big and it hurt his speed and hurt his chances of getting drafted. There are many, many situations where bigger is not better, mostly because size affects speed and agility. There is a cost to size and that cost is often worth more than what is gained by the size.
One last point I'd like to address. This crap argument that NFL Players wouldn't last up here because of the play-clock. Come on now. They are professional athletes, if the play clock was shorter in the NFL they would condition themselves differently, or they'd be cut, that simple. Ajd as one who helps CIS football player with athletic supplementation I know that O-linemen can maintain size and still gain a good cardiovascular base. Don't argue that CFL players are in better condition because that is their nature, they are better conditioned because they have to be, or they'd be sitting on the bench.
It?s not strictly a matter of conditioning. It?s a matter of the work involved in carrying that mass around and only having so long to recuperate. (And note that it?s not just the 20 second clock that makes the difference. It?s the clock and the fact that we have scrambling QBs in the CFL who have to be chased, and that also makes the length of a play significantly longer in the CFL which compounds the situation even more.) Nate has had problems wearing down at the end of games because of his size, and it has been very hard for him to lose weight, so it?s not as easy as you seem to be suggesting. Further, if those NFL players were to ?get into CFL shape? it may mean losing 20 to 40 lbs, and that would make them a different player. Many of those guys are effective because their game is stuffing the middle to stop the power running plays. In the CFL most of the plays would go around them. The need to defend against different kinds of players in the CFL. Being a huge, powerful, plug the middle kind of guy is much less useful in the CFL. You have to be able to move laterally well as the DL is often more spaced out, and you have to be able to run a bit to be able to track down our scrambling QBs. Our QBs don?t stay in the pocket like most NFL QBs do. So as well as the main differences there are lots of little ones too. In the ?game of inches? the little details can be very important too.