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    WCO or Air Coryell offensive system?

    I'm still not sure what our offense is going to look like. Are we going back to the
    WCO?

    Schottenheimer to take Rams' OC job, pending contract ... From what I hear he runs a variation of the WCO
    Schottenheimer have been interviewed, and now we ... to hire Clements and he'd be able to install the WCO for us again
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    Air Coryell" offensive system?

    Schottenheimer a Coryell descendant....

    Schottenheimer is a disciple of the "Air Coryell" offensive system used over the years by such diverse coaches as Joe Gibbs, Norv Turner and Mike Martz. In fact, Schottenheimer was first exposed to the Coryell system in 1997 his first year as an NFL coach when he was on Dick Vermeil's inaugural Rams staff.
    thers, such as the system Schottenheimer employed with the Jets, are more run-oriented. Whatever its form, the Coryell offense features a digital system for calling plays, one that Jets head coach Rex Ryan recently indicated was too complex.
    The Coryell system uses multiple formations and shifts, trying to create mismatches for the opposing defense. Bradford will have more help learning the system; the Rams will have a quarterbacks coach this season, something they didn't have in 2011 Early indications are that Schottenheimer has several candidates in mind, obviously subject to the approval of Fisher.

    Someone want to help me understand what our offensive is going to be?


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    Re: WCO or Air Coryell offensive system?

    We'll also need a tight ends coach for Kendricks.
    "The horror"

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    Re: WCO or Air Coryell offensive system?

    Brian Schottenheimer's plans for Rams

    By Mike Sando

    A few notes after participating in a conference call featuring new St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer:

    * QB coach on way: The Rams did not have one last season. Then-coordinator Josh McDaniels handled that role. Schottenheimer plans to hire one and said the subject was one of the first things he discussed with new coach Jeff Fisher. Schottenheimer: "Because there are so many things that come across your plate as a play caller and coordinator, you need someone for Sam (Bradford) or any of the quarterbacks to go to and be hearing the same voice."

    * Two backs: Schottenheimer believes in supplementing the starting back with a change-of-pace runner. He emphasized the need for depth everywhere, including that position.

    * Clemens fan: Look for the Rams to re-sign backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, who was with Schottenheimer on the New York Jets. Schottenheimer described himself as a "big fan" of Clemens and someone who supported the drafting of him.

    * Philosophy: The offense St. Louis will run has roots in the Don Coryell digit system, though Schottenheimer said his offense would be more concept-based than reliant upon actual numbers. Schottenheimer learned the game from his famous father, Marty, but he initially thought he would fall under the West Coast tree. He pointed to Mike McCarthy, Jimmy Raye and Steve Spurrier as coaches he had borrowed from over the years. He learned the Coryell-based offense from Jerry Rhome in St. Louis during the 1997 season, when Dick Vermeil was coach. Schottenheimer said he likes the way "the formations flow" and the flexibility afforded coaches on game days.

    * Sam Bradford: Schottenheimer met with Bradford recently and plans to streamline the transition by making sure the terminology associated with a new system isn't a stumbling block. Schottenheimer: "The most important thing is not getting caught up in terminology. That will not be a problem. I understand how smart he is."

    says Brian:
    "It's just a very flexible system that allows you to adjust on game day and adjust during the week and kind of maximize your strengths while trying to attack your opponent's weaknesses,"


    As to your question "which is it?" I don't believe there is a clear answer. Certainly Brian is familiar with both, but it seems if you had to choose one over the other, Shotty's system utilizes the verbiage of Air Coryells' system as opposed to the WCO. That said, Brian could insert a variety of plays straight out of the WCO and simply change the verbiage to suit his whim.

    Shotty has been around long enough to come up with his own offense, which will borrow from his own successes and the success of others he's learned from. More importantly, he will have learned from his screw-ups, and presumably avoid repeating the same mistakes.

    Our somewhat revamped (and now healthy, hopefully) O-line shouldn't be asked to hold their blocks long enough for 5 and seven step drops. Instead, the occasional roll out might be better.

    Short drops for Sam, spread the ball around consistently, keep it simple enough that our bevy of free agents and rookies can contribute with confidence. Find 2 or 3 running plays that really work with a fair degree of consistency and stick with them. Disguise the same running play with three different formations. That kind of stuff ..

    If we are unable to spread the ball around with consistency, Sam will struggle again. If guys like Kendricks, Pead, Hoomanawanui, Amendola and Quick can step up when called upon, Sam will regain his confidence. Icing on the cake would be Smith and Givens scaring defenses as well with a few "homeruns."

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    Re: WCO or Air Coryell offensive system?

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiRam View Post
    Brian Schottenheimer's plans for Rams

    By Mike Sando

    A few notes after participating in a conference call featuring new St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer:

    * QB coach on way: The Rams did not have one last season. Then-coordinator Josh McDaniels handled that role. Schottenheimer plans to hire one and said the subject was one of the first things he discussed with new coach Jeff Fisher. Schottenheimer: "Because there are so many things that come across your plate as a play caller and coordinator, you need someone for Sam (Bradford) or any of the quarterbacks to go to and be hearing the same voice."

    * Two backs: Schottenheimer believes in supplementing the starting back with a change-of-pace runner. He emphasized the need for depth everywhere, including that position.

    * Clemens fan: Look for the Rams to re-sign backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, who was with Schottenheimer on the New York Jets. Schottenheimer described himself as a "big fan" of Clemens and someone who supported the drafting of him.

    * Philosophy: The offense St. Louis will run has roots in the Don Coryell digit system, though Schottenheimer said his offense would be more concept-based than reliant upon actual numbers. Schottenheimer learned the game from his famous father, Marty, but he initially thought he would fall under the West Coast tree. He pointed to Mike McCarthy, Jimmy Raye and Steve Spurrier as coaches he had borrowed from over the years. He learned the Coryell-based offense from Jerry Rhome in St. Louis during the 1997 season, when Dick Vermeil was coach. Schottenheimer said he likes the way "the formations flow" and the flexibility afforded coaches on game days.

    * Sam Bradford: Schottenheimer met with Bradford recently and plans to streamline the transition by making sure the terminology associated with a new system isn't a stumbling block. Schottenheimer: "The most important thing is not getting caught up in terminology. That will not be a problem. I understand how smart he is."

    says Brian:
    "It's just a very flexible system that allows you to adjust on game day and adjust during the week and kind of maximize your strengths while trying to attack your opponent's weaknesses,"


    As to your question "which is it?" I don't believe there is a clear answer. Certainly Brian is familiar with both, but it seems if you had to choose one over the other, Shotty's system utilizes the verbiage of Air Coryells' system as opposed to the WCO. That said, Brian could insert a variety of plays straight out of the WCO and simply change the verbiage to suit his whim.

    Shotty has been around long enough to come up with his own offense, which will borrow from his own successes and the success of others he's learned from. More importantly, he will have learned from his screw-ups, and presumably avoid repeating the same mistakes.

    Our somewhat revamped (and now healthy, hopefully) O-line shouldn't be asked to hold their blocks long enough for 5 and seven step drops. Instead, the occasional roll out might be better.

    Short drops for Sam, spread the ball around consistently, keep it simple enough that our bevy of free agents and rookies can contribute with confidence. Find 2 or 3 running plays that really work with a fair degree of consistency and stick with them. Disguise the same running play with three different formations. That kind of stuff ..

    If we are unable to spread the ball around with consistency, Sam will struggle again. If guys like Kendricks, Pead, Hoomanawanui, Amendola and Quick can step up when called upon, Sam will regain his confidence. Icing on the cake would be Smith and Givens scaring defenses as well with a few "homeruns."
    Thanks Maui that helps... I don't think I'm alone in thinking we where going back to the WCO.

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    Re: WCO or Air Coryell offensive system?

    Yes, this is interesting. Based on what New York has done in recent years, I don't think we're going too far in the direction of the Martz/Coryell offense. It'll probably be more of the short passing game and running game with a few long routes sprinkled in to stretch the defense.

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