There have been nasty rumors that we are going to the West Coast Offense now. What is most likely going to happen is Childress will bring some of his past experience and mix it with the talent he has here and we will get some sort of hybrid scheme.
The only reason there is a fuss about it at all is because people love to categorize things and label things. In reality you will not be seeing a "pure" wco <- from now on that means west coast offense because I'm lazy.
When it first started with the 49ers and Bill Walsh the wco was all about the short to medium pass.
That was pretty self explanitory. Use the short passes to open up the big ones.
Over time the rules of the NFL changed to nurture the pass and the QB. Most teams that are not a true wco are called a wco offense simply because they pass more then they run. In fact over the last few years our team has pretty much been a wco.
Some teams use the wco but look at the progressions differently. Instead of reading the short passes and looking for the bomb later they have started looking for the deep route and if that is not open they check down.
WEST COAST OFFENSE OVERVIEW:
+Short pass plays replace the running game to control the ball.
+Bill Walsh originated with the San Francisco 49ers.
+Long process for QB to pick-up all the reads and adjustments.
+Release all five receivers into the pattern.
+QB has progression read up to five receivers.
+Take what the defensive gives you.
+Make the defense adjust to you.
Some common formations of the WCO
Notice the I formation is still used.
The run is still utilized as well. In fact it can still be quite effective. Even more so because of defensive adjustments.
I'm not a big fan of the TRUE wco. I think for us it will be one of the best things that can happen to our team. Daunte needs it, we need it. Our team has lacked that rythym for a long time and the hybrid wco will get that back for us. We run it now in a way, but I think it is out of error and not by design. I think Tice and co would try to run then if it didnt work would dink and dunk.
Another possitive is you know how the Vikings get ahead and then try to run the ball to control the clock and go 3 and out in the process. Non issue here.
Just a little information, it's not even known for sure if we are getting it. If we do go to it I assure you it is more of a good thing then a bad thing, and for all you DC fans out there I think you will be impressed on how much better a QB he will be under this type of system.