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    The three types of NFL team

    I once heard Bill Parcells state that all NFL teams run one of three philosophies, which detetrmine their team and how they play:

    a. the "Air Coryell System" - this is a pass-crazy system that likes to line up 4 receivers and throw and throw and throw, and make you try to keep up with their aerial attack. If they are good, you can't. Examples: Patriots, Colts, Chargers, Seattle, Green Bay.

    b. the "Buddy Ryan, Defensive System" - named after Buddy Ryan when the Bears won the Super Bowl with their 4-6 defense. This basically is the team whose defense is so good, they don't need a QB or offense. They can win the Show with Trent Dilfert, because you can't get a first down, much less a TD. Examples: Ravens and Tampa, when they won the Super Bowl.

    c. the "We Execute to Perfection" system. This is the old Redskins concept of superior execution. These teams execute to perfection and won't get a penalty. They are like a machine. Exmples: Eagles, Broncos.

    I personally find this VERY useful for understading the game. I think the Vikings under Childress are trying to be a b. or c., i.e. the Defense, or the Execution System. I do have my doubts that winning anymore in the NFL can be done with anything but a., if you look at the Colts. But maybe I am wrong.

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    Re: The three types of NFL team

    Why did you start two nearly identical threads?

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    Re: The three types of NFL team

    "StillPurple" wrote:
    I once heard Bill Parcells state that all NFL teams run one of three philosophies, which detetrmine their team and how they play:

    a. the "Air Coryell System" - this is a pass-crazy system that likes to line up 4 receivers and throw and throw and throw, and make you try to keep up with their aerial attack. If they are good, you can't. Examples: Patriots, Colts, Chargers, Seattle, Green Bay.

    b. the "Buddy Ryan, Defensive System" - named after Buddy Ryan when the Bears won the Super Bowl with their 4-6 defense. This basically is the team whose defense is so good, they don't need a QB or offense. They can win the Show with Trent Dilfert, because you can't get a first down, much less a TD. Examples: Ravens and Tampa, when they won the Super Bowl.

    c. the "We Execute to Perfection" system. This is the old Redskins concept of superior execution. These teams execute to perfection and won't get a penalty. They are like a machine. Exmples: Eagles, Broncos.

    I personally find this VERY useful for understading the game. I think the Vikings under Childress are trying to be a b. or c., i.e. the Defense, or the Execution System. I do have my doubts that winning anymore in the NFL can be done with anything but a., if you look at the Colts. But maybe I am wrong.
    I don't think that it's quite that simple, an argument can be made thaat teams like the colts are more of an "execute to perfection team"
    Many teams have elements of 2 or 3


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    Re: The three types of NFL team

    There are a lot of teams that mix and match these premises. Bill Parcells could not win anymore because he cannot seem to realize that only have one of three does not get it done these days.

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    Wow, IDK what to think.
    I never saw The Tuna at the height of his career, to me (with Dallas) he has always been a joke, but to some around here I am sure he is much more respected.

    These three generalization s make good points but I don't it's this simple.
    I would expect a team would be all three of these if it could rather then choosing one of these three over another.
    This seems like a matter of "what came first, the chicken or the egg?".

    I doubt its these three highly generalized, predisposed philosophies that determine the course of the team.
    Rather I think its a combination of the schemes (that we talk about here oh so much) that a coach is most learned and best at and also the skill ownership that a team possess at a position.
    In this day and age of the salary cap if a team such as the Rams is adept at WR then it obviously subtracts these available skills from other teams and is compounded by the salary cap that the Rams must be less skilled in another area.
    I think its these things that determine these generalization s.

    Another example, is GB really an Air Coryell Team now that they aren't stacked at WR?
    Stats would suggest they are a victim of circumstance now that they are weak at this position (and arguably QB).
    There is a much better argument that they are a "C".

    Unless Parcells intended "C" to include this, I definitely see a place for a run heavy and clock management teams.
    If Chili was trying to be a C last year he sure as hell sucked at it in terms of penalties.

    I also don't think the only way to win a ring now days is by being a passing team.
    I think a lot of analysts would also disagree.

    BTW the Eagles were horrible at penalties last year and its the 46, 4-6 makes it sound like there is a plethora of linebackers.
    Oh, and why did you start two identical threads (WITH different titles)?
    Had to move the post over here.


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