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The West Coast Offense: Changing the Game
There are lots of clever football strategies out there, but one in particular helped change the game. See if you can pick it out at your next game.
Though it has as many variations as it has alleged inventors, the basic idea behind the West Coast offense is simple: use short, quick passes to spread the defense thin and gain easy yards. This strategy controverts the so-called traditional style of play, which dictates that teams base their offensive schemes around a solid running game and reserve passes for keeping defensive coordinators off-guard. Still, when executed correctly, the West Coast offense should—in theory—increase yardage without elevating the risk of a turnover. As the defense responds by spreading both vertically downfield and horizontally into the flats, five skill-players—two wide receivers, two split running backs, and one tight end—run short patterns into the secondary. The quarterback then relies on accelerated three- or five-step drops and quick reads, delivering the ball to one of his many options.
Though the style’s origins can be traced to Hall of Famer and offensive guru Sid Gillman, it was Bill Walsh, as assistant coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and later head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who elevated the offense to its modern state of precision. Walsh imbued the attack with a sense of timing, rhythm, and choreography, eventually building it into an all-encompassing (and oft-copied) offensive game plan. As Walsh put it in his book Finding the Winning Edge, “The ‘West Coast Offense’ still amounts to nothing more than the total attention to detail and an appreciation for every facet of offensive football.”