Originally posted by kidash98:
Originally posted by BrodieFan:
I don't think anyone runs the WCO as it was run in the 80's anymore.
the last of the desciple "retired" last year (Holmgren). Shanahan, when the coach of the Broncos, expanded on the WCO and included the shotgun formation along with the rest of the formations under the WCO.
You're right that no team run a WCO the way it was ran in the 80's but there are still teams using thephilosophy: Green Bay (under McCarthy), variations of the Eagles offense is based on WCO (Reid), variations of Seahawks offense (even under Mora) and variations of the Bucks (under Gruden) to name a few....
Sadly, the defensive schemes adapted to the WCO and are now able to combat it thus resulting in newer schemes being the new ins, nowadays ("power running" style ala Parcell)...
I don't think we are going back or should go back to 80's WCO. I would, however, like to see us return to the following WCO-like behavior:
- -- Run the short passing game again at will (so far, Hill can do this but Smith doesn't have in his repetoir),
- -- Move-the-chains running in the second half (Gore, Coffee, Morgan, and O'line improvements can make this a reality)
- -- Big YAC receptions (crabtree's and davis' strength),
- -- Blow your mind occasional long ball strikes (especially on short yardage plays--crabtree, morgan, bruce, and hill are a real threat).
- -- Occasional knock-you-off-the-couch gimic play, like JR on reverses (Rossum showed us something, but it's a dead giveaway when he's on offense).
Digit system low percentage bombing runs with a predictable running game are fine if you can impose your will--otherwise, those three and outs are death-by-a-thousand-cuts. Boring!
I loved it when every eligible receiver was a likely threat, and defenses didn't know where they would get hit next. I'm excited to see us return to this kind of game, but now it would be finesse with power.
Like Ali--float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!
[ Edited by WestCoastNut on Jul 15, 2009 at 12:52 PM ]