Tom Cable: College spread offenses are 'really bad fundamentally'

Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable is no fan of the spread offense, which many college teams are using today.

"I'm not wanting to offend anybody, but college football, offensively, has gotten to be really, really bad fundamentally," Cable said Tuesday on 710 ESPN Seattle radio. "Unfortunately, I think we're doing a huge disservice to offensive football players, other than a receiver, that come out of these spread systems.

"The runners aren't as good. They aren't taught how to run. The blockers aren't as good. The quarterbacks aren't as good. They don't know how to read coverage and throw progressions. They have no idea."

Because of those issues, Cable sometimes likes to move a defensive lineman to the offensive line. J.R. Sweezy, Seattle's starting right guard, was a defensive lineman at NC State. Kristjan Sokoli, a sixth-round draft choice by the Seahawks last week, is moving to center after playing defensive tackle at Buffalo.

"I can go get a guy who runs a little faster, jumps a little higher and has an aggressive streak in him on defense and start with him," Cable said. "I'm going to have to retrain an offensive lineman out of college anyway."