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Here is a cool diagram. It's a scramble diagram from the 1985 niners playbook. It shows the base play and the route adjustments based on the direction the QB scrambles.

Game Planning according to Bill Walsh

Really good paper taken from a Bill Walsh lecture.
Originally posted by Niners816:
Game Planning according to Bill Walsh

Really good paper taken from a Bill Walsh lecture.

Situational Football. WTH is that? Haha

Fantastic find and perspective. Situational Football (awareness) is what separates the poor from the good and the good from the greats. Bill Walsh was beyond great!
I thought I'd go ahead and put the different types of action passes in this thread.

Waggles-action pass that's based on a run play and provides the QB with extra blockers.

Boots-also known as naked, are based on runs but do not provide the QB with blockers...flow of the play is expected to influence the defense.

Sprint-QB takes a 45 degree release out of the pocket, is not based on a run play fake and it does provide an extra blocker for the QB

Dart/Dash-QB first movement is a drop back before breaking the pocket.

Rolls-QB movement is a rolling action out of the pocket.
Found a great example of a "slide" play from the 1999 Mike holmgren playbook. For this particular play its the FB that is engaged in a slide play. This play illustrates the progression really nice. First is FB on a slide, second is the crosser and third is a QB run.

Since I was in the 1999 holmgren book I spotted a couple of other pretty nasty plays. In each case they combined a screen pass option with a good ole tried and true WCO concept.

Top play features "Texas" concept and the bottom on is based off of the "Drive" concept.
Really good paper on the "Texas Concept"

Good article on "Z-in".

First, here is what the play looks like

Here is the article

As the article stated, this is about as bread and butter as it got for Walsh and the WCO. This play shows what was to be accomplished with the "triangle concept".
Bill Walsh paper on the use of formations and how to attack zone and man coverage. This article is essentially all the main tenets of the WCO. Also shows and explains the triangle concept and how it's used to bust zones.

[ Edited by Niners816 on Nov 6, 2015 at 7:24 AM ]
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Article on the inception of the 'Packaged Play'. I can only wonder what Bill Walsh would do if he were alive to today with the concept of the Packaged play. I see it as the new age ball control offense. High percentage plays that take advantage of the way a defense lines up by spreading the field - then quickly get the ball into the hands of the playmakers, in space, for RAC.
What was most interesting, though, was how Marrone and Hackett began compressing plays together, combining multiple concepts into a single play and then letting Nassib figure out on the fly whether to, say, throw a quick pass, throw a screen, hand off, or keep the ball himself — all on the same play.
"Combination" or "packaged" plays have been sweeping across college and high school football over recent years, enough that NFL coaches are clearly taking notice. The Bears, Panthers, Bills, Eagles, and Chiefs each ran a number of them in their exhibition games, combining running and passing concepts — meaning the offensive line typically blocked a run play while receivers ran pass routes or screens, leaving the quarterback to decide whether to hand off or throw it out wide — often at a no-huddle pace.

Good offense has always been about deceptive simplicity — the clearest path to success is to make things as simple as possible for your players while also keeping defenses off-balance. It's a difficult recipe, as an offense that is too simple can get dissected, analyzed, and shut down by a savvy defense, but a team that tries to do too many things will master none of them. Packaged plays solve the quandary by combining simple plays all the players can execute in such a way that — if the quarterback makes the right decision — the offense always has the advantage, because no defender can be in two places at once.
Examples of the Packaged Play is found in this thread on page 4. Many more articles on the web. I can see Geep installing more of this concept into the 2015 offense - 2014 did feature some packaged plays, mainly 'Read-option + WR screen'. It coincides with the shift to ZBS because all Packaged Plays have the OLine blocking as if a zone run is about to take place.

Awesome stuff.
Originally posted by Niners816:
Bump.....way too good of a thread to not be on the main niner talk page at all times.

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Awesome stuff.

I thought it might be kinda cool to show how some of the concepts are presented in various coaches playbooks. I'll start with "flanker drive". Drive is an absolute staple of any WCO and has been getting the ball in the Z's hand across the centerline for years.

1985 Bill Walsh

1999 Mike Holmgren

2001 Mike Shanahan

2002 Andy Reid (kinda funny how he refers to it as "Frisco" must be a nod to its roots)
[ Edited by Niners816 on Aug 3, 2015 at 6:22 PM ]
Spot concept. This triangle concept is also a huge staple of any WCO. Here are some examples.

1994 Mike Shanahan (SF OC)

1995 Paul Hackett (KC OC)

1999 Mike Holmgren (Sea HC) note how Mike has the spot route as the primary

2000 Jim Fassell (NYG HC)-Sean Payton (OC)

2007 Lane Kiffin (Oak HC) note: pic kinda cuts off but it's from an I form.
[ Edited by Niners816 on Aug 3, 2015 at 8:14 PM ]
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Thanks 816! Cool to see the variation in order of progression of the Spot concept. Some have it snag then flat. Some have it reversed.
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