Two-way player comeback?
This isn’t just some flash-in-the-pan phenomenon, either, that’s happening only in football (although Bo Jackson, and later, “Prime Time” Deion Sanders teased us (foreshadowed us)? with their two-way play). Versatility is fast becoming a prerequisite – perhaps even if it’s just the versatility of being able to play right guard and left guard or switch seamlessly from right tackle to left tackle.
Los Angeles Rams
Indeed, versatility that affords a coach to use players as interchangeable parts like chess pieces at interchangeable positions (with no drop-off in production) is becoming one of the most important traits of an athlete, any athlete, of any sport, can have.
It’s downright “Belichekian,” as The Hoodie was one of the first NFL coaches to recognize this, and began drafting New England Patriots’ players with an eye specifically towards versatile players. . . and the NFL being the copycat league that it is. . .well, it soon copied.
Case in point: Shohei Ohtani. The LA Angels’ superstar is the runaway MVP of baseball because of his ability to double as a hitter that can flat out rake and strike out batters from the mound. The proverbial “kill two birds with one stone” player. Twice the bang for the buck.
And so that got me thinking. Who is (or could be) the Shohei Ohtani of the Rams? Or, who might emerge as such a beast?