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Old 05-02-2005, 03:44 PM   #1
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The Shotgun Offense?

Sorry if this has already been discussed at length already, but here in Virginia Beach, I can just barely get the Washington D.C. station, SportsTalk 980. Obviously, they talk a whole lot of Redskins, so I listen whenever the local station here blabs endlessly about the MLB or the NBA. Anyway, one afternoon through some light static, I heard one of the announcers say that Gibbs may incorporate the Shotgun into his offense. Can anyone confirm this?

I thought Iíd heard or read that somewhere else, and it may have been right here at the Warpath.

If true, how do we think that will unfold? I personally like the idea. Hell, if it takes switching to the Run and Shoot to light a fire under this offense, Iím all for it.

I canít think of any teams in the NFL who use the shotgun exclusively. But it would seem to me that you can still operate most of your basic running plays from that formation. Not only that, it would add a dimension of uncertainty to opposing defenses if you could equally run and throw from the shotgun on any given play. When you factor in a better angle for the QB to see and adjust to blitzes, I start to wonder why you donít see the shotgun more often.

Is anyone here opposed to adding some shotgun formations to our offense, and if so why?
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Old 05-02-2005, 03:47 PM   #2
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Re: The Shotgun Offense?

What I've heard is that Musgrave has convinced Gibbs to try the shotgun in practice and possibly incorporate it into long yardage situations. I'm all for it, sometimes Ramsey needs that space to read his receiver and not worry about footwork.
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Old 05-02-2005, 03:47 PM   #3
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I heard Musgrave has convinced Gibbs to at least try it out in practice, so we'll see.
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Old 05-02-2005, 04:38 PM   #4
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Re: The Shotgun Offense?

I think they meant that Ramsey will be playing QB this year as if he's got a shotgun to his head. If he screws the pooch, blam! Campbell is the man. If he screws it up, blam! Brunell is up to bat. If he falters, blam! And then Vinnie will be looking down the double barrel.

Seriously, I'm all for the shotgun at times, but let's remember this thread every time that the QB can't handle the ball and has to chase it down and then curl up in the fetal position.
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Old 05-02-2005, 04:41 PM   #5
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Re: The Shotgun Offense?

Gibbs has used it in the past, most notably against the nasty 85 Bears defense. What will be the deciding factor for Gibbs is if our new center is any good at shotgun snap? That is the reason why we stopped using it, because our centers at that time were sloppy and we had some turnovers. Gibbs stopped using right away.
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Old 05-02-2005, 04:49 PM   #6
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Re: The Shotgun Offense?

Next thing you know Gibbs will start throwing the ball deep too!!!! Holy crap the shotgun...what year is it???????

ABOUT FREAKING TIME!!! Lets see if every team in the league uses it and it works...maybe we should...wait, wait, lets just try it in practice first to see if it REALLY works.

Come on Gibbs. We all know you won 3 SB and went to 4 SB. BUT we all know how bad the O stunk last year. It is nice to see someone on the offensive staff under 50 with new IDEAS....

OK I feel a little better now.

On all those 3rd and longs last year when the QB had the 1 and 2 step drops(sacks) the rest of us were screaming SHOTGUN and all the other teams were laughing at Gibbs. Now maybe he is serious about opening up the O a little...PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
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Re: The Shotgun Offense?

It's an obvious way to get a little more time against the blitz. And it's not like Ramsey is fleet of foot. Any extra time will help. Hopefully they can execute it well enough so Gibbs feels ok about it.
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Old 05-02-2005, 05:24 PM   #8
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Re: The Shotgun Offense?

I had no idea Gibbs ever used it, but then again, I wasn't as closely studying the game in 1985 as I am now. I'd love to see a tape of that game against Chicago so long ago.

Wasn't the final score something like 23-19?
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Re: The Shotgun Offense?

Not every team in the league uses it, and yes Gibbs used it briefly with Theismann.
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Old 05-02-2005, 05:41 PM   #10
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Not every team in the league uses it, and yes Gibbs used it briefly with Theismann.
the key word in that sentence matty is,BRIEF.bostic snapped the ball over his head a few times too,if i remember correctly.was that the game against the bears when theismann had a 1 yard punt???
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Old 05-02-2005, 06:13 PM   #11
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Re: The Shotgun Offense?

Thats the thing about the Shotgun doing it just a little bit can cause missed snaps. It puts presure on the center and needs to be practiced quite a bit.
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Thats the thing about the Shotgun doing it just a little bit can cause missed snaps. It puts presure on the center and needs to be practiced quite a bit.
Interesting point. I'm sure the team would be more comfortable trying the shotgun with Rabach than with Raymer or Friedman
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Old 05-02-2005, 06:47 PM   #13
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Re: The Shotgun Offense?

Hey I'm for anything that gives our cool statue some more time to make a better throw.
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Old 05-03-2005, 01:11 PM   #14
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Re: The Shotgun Offense?

did the ravens use the shotgun last year or any year that raback was their center ?
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I'm pretty sure the Ravens use the shotgun
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