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Ryan and the West Coast Offense


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I just finished the chapter on the West Coast Offense in Ron Jaworski's Games That Changed the Game and the West Coast Offense seems like a perfect fit for Matt Ryan. It reliance on a smart QB trying to minimize risk in his throws IS Matt Ryan. Maybe if Mularkey gets the Titan job we can install a WCO to fit Ryan's talents best.

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What version did you have in mind? The thing with the pure West Coast offense is that because of the protection scheme and formations, it didn't lend itself to power running. Where it was cool was the way it created mismatches.

The old 49ers stayed in base personnel a lot. When they wanted to spread the field, say into a three receiver set, it was as simple as motioning Roger Craig or their TE out. Because Craig was as talented as any receiver, and every other player was multi-skilled, base defenses would always be caught in bad positions. It wasn't until you saw guys like Shanahan add his wrinkles with the zone blocking, then Holmgren, Gruden, etc., that a true grinding running attack came about.

I'd rather not see the Gregg Knapp version again, so who do you think? The Reid/Mornhingweig scheme is probably the purest version left, but their running attack has never been that impressive. The Minnesota Chilly version, the overly-complicated Gruden version with the shifts and motions that did feature a nice running game or say what Shanahan does? Tough, one-cut running, play-action rollouts, etc.

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