Originally posted by tjd808185:
Originally posted by Jersey9er:
Another article, but on Shotgun Qb's from baby Cohn;
Three shotgun quarterbacks
Posted on August 7, 2011 by Grant Cohn
Three shotgun quarterbacks
It’s too early to take stock of the quarterbacks, so I’ll just give an observation.
The three top QBs on the training camp roster – Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, and Jeremiah Masoli – are all most comfortable throwing the ball from the shotgun.
Each guy played strictly in shotgun or shotgun-like offenses in college. Smith ran the spread, Kaepernick ran the pistol, and Masoli ran the option.
When you think of West-Coast-offense quarterbacks, you usually think of quarterbacks who operate from under center, yet Harbaugh hand-picked three shotgun guys. What does that mean?
My gut feeling is Harbaugh and Roman’s offense will not look like a classic West Coast offense, it will look like something new and innovative. I’m talking about shotgun play-action plays and designed quarterback runs to keep the defense off balance, things more associated with college offenses.
Harbaugh and Roman will be able to get away with these trick plays for a few reasons – the pre-snap shifting will confuse the defense, and the rest of the talent on the roster is set up to succeed from the shotgun as well.
Both Anthony Dixon and Kendall Hunter rushed from shotgun, one-back formations in college, and Frank Gore is certainly good enough to succeed in these formations as well.
We may not see the really creative stuff early, since team is only in mid-May form according to Harbaugh. But they are certainly something to watch for as the season goes on.
Im wondering if they are gonna play a Tom Brady WCO type of offense. Meaning when Brady has time in the shotgun, which is very often he has at least from 3 to 5 seconds to make all the reads, if not more, from good O-line protection. As we know when u have more time to go through your reads, u become that much of a better QB. What do u guys think??
Time to move away from the shotgun approach. Teams that do this almost always struggle to run the football. We're best off with a balanced offense. You don't beef up the line not to run the football.
Nowadays mobile college quarterbacks generally come from a gimmick offense. It's just something you have to deal with. You have to transition them into a pro offense.
Well since u said that I actually took a look at a team that did it so well, and although we are definitely no NE, that dude Benjarvis Green-Ellis, ran for over 1000yds, and had 13 td's, and i dont think he's as good as Gore. And please correct me if im wrong, but i think Gore did pretty good when we were in the shotgun. Now i did say i think, and if he wasnt then i stand corrected.
So while i know WE ARE NO PATS, and we have no Tom Brady lol. I think we could be just as effective a bit. I mean not on every play, but maybe more often than not.
Like i said tho i havent researched their oline, or any of that, so maybe they were just overall pro-bowlers. just saying they seem to make the shotgun work, maybe we could too.