There is a Major Difference in Terminology betweenthe Bill Walsh Offensethe Old BYU Offense and the Multiple West Coast Offense A Comparison in Terminology
In Walsh’s offense, the basic offense is built on series for play-calls.NOTE: a “3” can be added to the passing series number denoting that it is a 3-step drop. • A)TEENS: ALL RUNS. B) 20'S: ALL PASSES WITH SPLIT FLOW PROTECTION.C) 30'S: ALL RUNS. D) 40'S: ALL RUNS. E) 50'S: ALL PASSES (SLIDE PROTECTION). F) 60'S: ALL RUNS. G) 70'S: ALL PASSES. H) 80'S: OPEN: THIS SERIES IS SELDOM USED: ONLY FOR SPECIAL PLAYS. J) 90 'S: ALL RUNS. 2-3 JET PROTECTION: THIS IS OUR #1 PASS PROTECTION. THIS IS A SIX MAN SLIDE
Walsh Offense • The formation is called by color (Red left / right, Orange Left / Right) • Motion is called by letter, then by motion (Blue Right, F Short (Flanker short motion) • The protection is called by number (322 Scat) • The primary receiver’s route is called, every one else has to memorize their route 72 (protection) X shallow cross (Primary receiver’s route) • This can get very difficult when you switch up formations and the complimentary receivers now have to switch their routes. • NOTE: This may be why Notre Dame (under Willingham) and UCLA had a difficult time early on learning and installing their respective West Coast Systems.
A comparison in terminology Walsh’s Offense and the Multiple West Coast Offense
Finding the Winning Edge p. 502 Walsh Offense Terminology: "Spread Right Eagle Right 2-Jet E Drive Z Post" Multiple WCO Terminology: "Hum Trunk Right 928 Dig - Stop Queen"
In the Edwards BYU / Chow USC Offense • The basic offense is built on series numbers for pass protections. • In the USC basic dropback passing game, they have nine passes. • They call it the 60 Series. They have a pass for each of the 60 numbers. • Example: 65. The linemen know it is the basic 60 cup protection. The 5 is the pass pattern. Everyone has to remember the pass routes. They have nine basic pass patterns. 2001 C.O.T.Y Clinic Manual p. 58
Chow / USC Pass System • Used colors for formations, (now USC uses names a lot Dual, Flank etc.) • A) 40-series: The T.E. and both backs stay in for protection • B) 50 series: Quick Protection C) 60 series: Backs check release opposite sides & can be called “HOT” 66 Will / 66 Sam D) 70 series: Weakside attack - both backs weak flow – T.E. and FB check before releasing. E) 80 series: Strongside attack – stongside back releases immediately
Chow / USC Pass System • The formation is called by color (Red left / right, Orange Left / Right) • Motion is called by ‘Tag” (Red Right Zip) • The protection is called by a series number (60 - both backs check release) • The primary receiver’s route is called, every one else has to memorize their route 66 Y Bench Sam • The protection is 60, the wide receivers both run 6 routes (curls) the Tight in now runs a “Bench” route instead of his normal 66 route, and the F has a free release and is “hot” if the Sam Backer Blitzes.
Chow / USC Pass System • Although not extremely varied, it is fairy simple to learn and memorize. However, if you were going to vary formations and patterns, it would get complicated because of all the memorization involved in the offense.
A comparison in terminology Norm Chow’s Basic Offense and the Multiple West Coast Offense
2001 C.O.T.Y Clinic Manual p. 63 USC Offense Terminology: "Red Right 66 Y-Bench Fred” MWCO Terminology: "Split Right 414 Flat -V Max"
Multiple West Coast Offense • Derived from Sid Gilman / Joe Gibbs / Colorado State University (Sonny Lubick) • Passing offense: Single-side receiver across – backs routes are called – protection is called • Run game is set up with Series Number based on number of backs and position of backs – helps the line with line-calls and blocking schemes • Formations are called with descriptive one-syllable names for easy learning and repeating • Everyone is told what to do in the play call (no memorizing) • Each ‘motion’ receiver / back is given a ‘tag’ call to go in motion – we motion into the called formation
Overview • Introduction • Philosophy of the system • Play-calling Philosophy • How the run game is set up • How the passing game is set up • Basic drop back pass protection • Incorporating two separate sets of progressions • The formations system • How motions are called • How shifts are called • How the play-calls are made • Practice / Installation Philosophy • How the call sheet is set up and used
Introduction • As a teaching philosophy, this is a complete offensive system that is very logical and simple to comprehend by both players and coaches • This system allows you to spend quality time teaching fundamentals, because you don’t have to spend an inordinate amount of time running plays to teach the system as well as specific plays to the players • Once the language of the system is learned and installed, the possible play-calls and formations are virtually endless
Introduction (cont) • Easy to understand and easy for players and coaches to learn • Simple to install in a short period of time • Allows a team to make adjustments at anytime during a game • Extremely flexible Note of Interest – It turns out that this is very close variation of Sid Gilman’s system. Joe Gibbs (New Redskins Head Coach) runs a similar system – Extremely flexible for shifts, motions and multiple formations!
Philosophy of the System • Use a system where a coach can teach efficiently with high quality instruction – teaching becomes a priority • Create a precision-timed passing game with explosive capabilities, i.e. vertically push the ball downfield • We also have to go into any given season being able to beat the bump & run defender consistently – we use our own innovative techniques • Be able to physically run the ball effectively by double-teaming at the point of attack (the inside and outside zones are also included) • Have the capability to make immediate adjustments during a game • Create an offense that is hard to prepare for because it is so multifaceted • Use multiple formations and a multitude of plays • Take what the defense gives us most all of the time • Spend quality time teaching individual technique every practice
Play Calling Philosophy • Make sure the players are fundamentally sound • Spread the ball around to many players • Call plays that get the players in a position to succeed – if they make big plays, it’s a plus • Put the ball where the defense is vulnerable • Only audible when absolutely necessary • Do everything we can to put the defense on their heels • Keep the ball from the defense if necessary (a ball-control offense) • Push the ball downfield and score points (if you decide you have to get into a shootout)
How the Run System Is Set Up • Basic line splits • The hole numbering • NOTE: The Guard’s and Tackle’s hands are even with the Center’s shoelaces.
THE RUNNING GAME BASIC LINE SPLITS 12” 12” 12” 12” 12” 12” QB HOLE NUMBERING 9 7 5 3 10 2 4 6 8 QB
How the Run System Is Set Up • The master calls • The line calls • NOTE: The run game is very similar to Alex Gibbs Tight-zone / Wide-zone concepts, with isolation / power plays and draws added to the mix.
Blocking Scheme Master Calls 14 / 15 “Zone” 16 / 17 “Stretch” 34 / 35 “Base” 20 / 21 “Lead” 28 / 29“Toss” 41 / 50 “Trap” 2 / 3 “Lead” Run System Calls
How the Run System Is Set Up • The backs numbering • Single-back numbering (Teen series) • There is NO lead blocker on the playside • Two-back numbering (20 series) • There is a lead blocker on the playside • The back lines up at 7½ yards behind the LOS
16 Stretch Does NOT have a lead blocker to the play-side
26 Stretch Does have a lead blocker to the play-side
How the Run System Is Set Up • Single – Fullback type plays • 40 series • Back lines up on the weak-side • 30 series • Back lines up on the weak-side • 50 series • Back lines up on the Strong-side
30 Series 30 Draw
40 Series 40 Draw
50 Series 50 Draw
How the Run System Is Set Up • Quarterback movement
Single – Digit QB series – “Zero Draw” / “1 Draw”
Single – Digit QB series “2 Lead Draw”
How the Passing System Is Set Up • Receiver routes are called single-side receiver across
PASS PLAY CALLING SYSTEM SPLIT RIGHT 628
9 SLICE DRIVE 7 8 Skinny 6 (Square-in) 6 (Dig) BENCH 8 5 3 4 2 1 DART STAB (MOTOR DOWN) 0 DRAG (non quick 2) SMASH SPOT QB
TIGHT-END / INSIDE RECEIVER PASS ROUTES 9 8 7 DRIVE 6 5 3 4 SHAKE 2 1 STAB STICK 0 QB
CALLED PASS ROUTES FOR RUNNING BACKS CORNER UP WHEEL POST STAB STOP "V" "M" SNEAK CUT FLAT CREASE SHOOT QB SWING