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Old 09-07-2008, 05:58 PM   #16
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Sure you can have both. When they run the ball, the plays are Gibbsian, and when they run pass plays, the calls are Zornian. Where's the paradox? The WCO offense describes the passing style of an offense, not the running style.
In addition, with the WCO spreading a defense horizontally, it can benefit the run game by creating running lanes. My one complaint of the Gibbs style running attack is that it favors a larger back. If we're going to do the WCO whole hog, I'd like to see much more spread the defense out, Alex Gibbs-style zone blocking that sprung Portis for so many long runs in Denver. Our brute force approach to the run will no doubt shorten Portis's career.
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Sure you can have both. When they run the ball, the plays are Gibbsian, and when they run pass plays, the calls are Zornian. Where's the paradox? The WCO offense describes the passing style of an offense, not the running style.

So when we run the ball we are going to have the O-line loaded with blockers and then when we pass it we're going to have a thin line and be spread out....that may be really transparent.


I understood the terminology reply and can see how it wouldn't affect field translation but formation-wise they are vastly different.
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So when we run the ball we are going to have the O-line loaded with blockers and then when we pass it we're going to have a thin line and be spread out....that may be really transparent.


I understood the terminology reply and can see how it wouldn't affect field translation but formation-wise they are vastly different.
The running game is much more about blocking assignments, blocking styles, etc than it is about formations that they line up in. A pulling guard is a pulling guard no matter how many TEs you have on the line. There were plenty of "wide(r) open"-formation running plays in "Gibbs" offense to be able to mesh well with any style of offensive passing philosophy.

Not every running play over the past 4 years was in "jumbo" or in two TE formations.
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