Re: The West Coast Offense
posted at 6/1/2013 9:19 AM EDT
The "west coast system" being used in NE is indescribably stupid on so many levels it can't be described, but I'll try...
First the Ernhardt/Perkins offense is no different than any other system in football, in that you can run any play within the rulebook. What makes it an EP offense is the language, the way they get into their sets and the adjustments they make from there; the language is different. To point at a play or set of plays that the Patriots ran and say "thats a west coast" system is like insisting in Italy they're speaking Mandarin just because they ate a stirfry.
West Coast offense' run a zone blocking scheme, while we do some zone blocking we primarily have a straight up, "man" blocking scheme or power blocking scheme.
While there are no set rules as to what plays a systems can run, there are certain philosophical differences between the system types.
West coast offenses like to get a defense going east and west, they are a rhythmic offense relying on timing routes and motion. Our offense is much more linear and gets it's strength from the run game, play action and precise route running.
West coast offenses pass to their runningbacks, we don't. We were 2nd in the league in rushing attempts, Ridley had 6 catches and Vereen had 8, not exactly Roger Craiglike.
And please don't point to Danny Woodhead and tell me he was a runningback last year, they guy played primarily in the slot and played two years at receiver for the jets prior to coming here. He may have started his career in NE as a runningback, but he finished it as a receiver.
The final, most damning reason the insistance we run the West Coast offense is dull, Tom Brady would excel in either system, both systems have been extremely successful so why would that be the reason for failure in big games?
We lost games because we were soft or not streaking, other teams beat us, we're having this conversation because Rusty gets typing faster than his logic allows and says off the wall stuff.