You'll see a lot more of the no-huddle offense. With more defenses using situation substitutions, some coaches find that the easiest way to keep moving the ball—and hold onto the momentum—is to prevent the special-situation players from getting on the field in the first place.
Expect more teams to blitz and play man-to-man, moving away from the zone defenses that were so prevalent in the '70s. This ought to be a punishing year for quarterbacks: Look for teams to attack the pocket more.
JUST CALL HIM MR. INTENSITY
Browns coach Marty Schottenheimer is respected—and feared—by his players. He is bright, innovative, organized, disciplined and is an old-fashioned screamer. His pregame histrionics have even brought tears—sometimes his own.
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, J.J.?
Veteran scouts say they've never seen an outstanding player drop so far, so fast, as wide receiver John Jefferson. A Green Bay coach says it's mental, not physical, that J.J. can't motivate himself. But one of J.J.'s former San Diego coaches argues that it's physical: In his early years as a pro, Jefferson seldom worked out hard; that may have caught up with him.