It's almost impossible to stop when executed right. This is a sea change like in the 80s-90's when everybody went to a pro set passing offense and all the option coaches were left in the dust.
The rules have changed. HS quarterbacks are better than ever and come in ready to plug-and-play. the best athletes want to catch touchdowns, not play defense for the most part. Effing Baylor has been a top 5 offense the last two years recruiting mostly 2-star athletes.
Here's a NY Times article about Mike Leach from 2005(it's long). He describes his philosophy and in a nut shell, when you bunch players together it's easier for the defense to make stops. When you spread everybody out you use more of the field and logic dictates the ball carrier will have more space to run before he encounters his first defender. Article
A coach cannot change the shape of the football field, but he can change its effective size. And if he can alter the environment, even slightly, he alters the environment's system of rewards and punishments. He can put 330-pound defensive linemen on the fast track to obsolescence and turn a pass-catching tailback into the holder of N.C.A.A. records.
They may or may not have been fatter - Leach insists they were - but their bodies were clearly designed for a different sort of football game than this frenetic one.
This post was edited on 12/1 at 11:49 am