Good stuff Z.
Its always good to look at the big picture, or as Mr. Harvey used to say, "The Rest of the Story."
"They [the coaches] basically use us as chess pieces. How they position us to play this game, that's the main thing now. Whoever can make the adjustments the best and the fastest will probably have the edge." L.Coles, WR jets
But the West Coast offense is really a philosophy, not a system of plays. It's based on throwing the ball early in the game, building a lead, then running the ball to keep the lead.
No disrespect to any of the great athletes that play cornerback in the NFL, but if an offensive line provides good pass protection, no one can keep a wide receiver from making a play...
Minnesota clearly did the right thing this offseason. Instead of listening to the cries of many that they needed to improve their pass defense the Vikings signed defensive end Jared Allen. Allen will singlehandedly improve a porous unit that allowed 4,500 yards in the air last season. Defensive backs are nice to have, but a special pass rusher is what can make a defense shine.
Good points but he still leaves out some things.
IMHO you still need both.
If you can't eat some clock running the ball, your passing usually won't win the game on its own.
Short passes can eat some clock, but incompletes don't, and if overused, the short routes put you in more danger of a good defense taking the ball away.
But, my main point, and something I was considering putting in its own thread, and what nobody who is getting paid by the NFL or its affiliates seems to want to talk about, Is what recent rule changes have done to the game!!!
The reason passing teams have become so much more potent has a lot to do with the "emphasis" on pass interference, the advantage of QB helmet radios
, QB protection penalty bias, WRs knocked out of bounds can come back in to make a play, defensive player can no longer flinch before the snap to draw movement from an offensive linemen, scoring on the pylon while flying out of bounds, etc, etc
Nearly every recent rule change has been to "help make the game more exciting, by helping the offense score more points."
Finally, this year we get a bit of balance back with the defensive helmet radios and the elimination of the force out rule.
Hard to say, how much these two changes will matter, but it seems to me, that good defenses should be even better.
And maybe the growing points scored per year will stabilize some.
What do you guys think?
Guess I should search, knowing ya'all, its probably already been discussed here