Trick plays at the NFL level is often a mixed bag of tricks. When they're used properly, a team can be on the receiving end of very easy points. If they're not executed correctly, they can easily turn into disasters. With Denard Robinson listed as an "offensive weapon," I wondered, are trick plays a good idea in the NFL?
The short and simple answer, in my belief, is that trick plays are actually under-utilized in the NFL. The Steelers under Bill Cowher employed trick plays relatively often, and they were highly successful, leading to quick points.
It seems likely that many teams stay away from such gadget plays simply because there aren't many players in the NFL that offer diverse enough skill sets to run them. In Jacksonville, Denard Robinson will be able to pull off gadgets because he's used to throwing the ball as well as running, making him a great candidate for piloting such trickery.
In New England, no one expects Tom Brady to run the ball, and everyone knows he's a grea...