A New Offense

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  1. ccdude730

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    from the chron...

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    i think its going to be pretty interesting what kind of changes kubiak thinks will benefit our team the best.
     
  2. Texans_Chick

    Texans_Chick Utopian Dreamer

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    Here's my take on things:

    Texans FanHouse Link: "Mike Sherman as OC: What Does This Mean for the Texans Offense"

    The long and short of it is this: I'm not sure that two heads are better than one. I usually prefer having one offensive philosophy and doing whatever that is very well.

    I'm thinking that the focus on the Denver style stuff is going away because the Texans don't have the personnel and the offensive line/running back coaching to run it. My Denver friends said that the biggest difficulty that the Texans would have in running their offense was getting the line blocking right.

    But I suppose I get to wait and see and hope my worry is for nothing.
     
  3. Lucky

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    It's not like Sherman was an incompetent OC. His Packer team was top 6 in scoring during 4 of the 6 years he led the team. If this team can't run the Bronco offense effectively, it's incumbent on the coaching staff to find one they can be successful in. Frankly, I worry less about the coaches and the offense design than about the players themselves.
     
  4. Texans_Chick

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    From what I understand, Sherman isn't running the Green Bay offense. He is running a hybrid offense between the GB stuff and the Denver stuff and that Sherman is giving the playcalls to Kubiak who will give them to the QB.

    Nobody knows what the track record of that particular form of hybrid offense.

    New QB, new offense--hard to know what to expect.
     
  5. HOU-TEX

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    I agree. In addition, the WCO has been bastardized (is that a word) ever since the Walsh days by coaches adding their own little twists. If anything, I feel more confident having two of the better coaches in the NFL putting their own version of the WCO together.:cool:
     
  6. real

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    I'm with you...

    They're just plays being run by players....

    I don't see where the conflict is.....

    It's pretty much common sense that if a certain play isn't suited for our offense they won't run it....I can't see them trying to force things....

    IMHO, this is good news...
     
  7. Texans_Chick

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    Their versions of the WCO do not appear to be terribly consistent. From my seats at Reliant, it was very obvious from the formations when they were running GB stuff and Denver stuff at times. And if it was GB stuff, it was very likely going to be a run.

    In Shanahan's system, they try to make it such where the defense is off balance and you can rarely tell if it is a run or pass based on the formation or the personel in the game. That's why it is important in that system that the FB and the TEs can both block and catch.

    In GB, they valued bigger offensive linemen. In Denver, not so much. The Texans have tried to get their linemen down to arbitrary weight numbers by use of fines. Great, big guys lose weight fast and then have a hard time at the beginning of the year doing the sort of power blocking that Sherman was asking them to do at times. (Egads, it reminds me of Pendry trying to do ZBS with whoever they can find in free agency at the time--Todd Wade, Victor Riley--knowing what your offensive philosophy is, and find the right players for that philosophy or tailoring that philosophy to the players you have)

    Hey, nobody would be happier than me if this experiment works, but I'm also recognizing it as an experiment. An unknown.
     
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    The fact that they will have the ability to line up in the shot gun will make me happy ........
     
  9. nunusguy

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    And we got mixed messages from this years Draft in terms of the type of OLineman that were signed. Frye & Tupola are clearly ZB guys, while Kubiaks family acquaintance Studdard is more of the drive-blocker type we'd associate with a power system which is unlike the speed and finese of the ZB schemes Denver runs. Not sure yet where center Lucas fits in those groupings ?
     
  10. real

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    I think people put too much emphasis on ZBS linemen Vs. Man blocking linemen....Of course you want your linemen to be quicker and more agile in the ZBS, but that doesn't mean a bigger, drive blocking linemen can't convert...

    The ZBS is much more technique based than it is physical skill based....of course the guys with the superior skill will end up playing, but as a linemen in the ZBS if you are taking the right steps (meaning good technique), then you can get the job done...Technique is EVERYTHING to a linemen in the ZBS...
     
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    In an interview on 610 am within the last month Chester Pitts was asked about weight specifications and he directly said they had not told him what he needed to weigh. Stuck out at the time because it seemed contradictory to other information we have received.
     
  12. HuttoKarl

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    As long as it implements some deep routes and our WR's can catch them, I'll be happy. That dink and dunk crap got so old.

    3rd and 4, pass for five yards.
    3rd and 8, pass for five yards.
    3rd and 15, pass for five yards.

    Lame.
     
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    Who is this "he" ?

    Just curious...
     
  14. Porky

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    Maybe I missed it in the thread, but can you clarify who the "he" is.
     
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    Were not a lot of the O linemen recently selected for their ability to block in the zone system? I thought much was made over the smaller, more agile type player required even though most of the guys are 300 + lbs.
     
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    Sorry folks--Chester Pitts--fixed it now.
     
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    I think the five yard routes were considered to be deep. lol.

    I agree though, the offense was so methodical the second half of the season it was almost hypnotizing. Run, run, sack, punt; Run, run, sack fumble returned for TD; Run, run, bean cameraman with football, punt; Run, run, penalized for throwing 5 yds beyond LOS, punt.:wacko:
     
  18. Texans_Chick

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    Interesting. Maybe it was a bigger emphasis last year and not this year.

    I was told by a number of sources that there were weight numbers that the linemen needed to make last year or get fined per pound for not making that weight.

    As an aside, one of the things that the ATL linemen are happiest about now that Alex Gibbs is gone is the weight-nazi stuff.

    I do know that the strength training/nutrition staff traditionally aren't as keen on arbitrary weight numbers. Saw this year that the Texans had a "Bod Pod" in their weight room, but can't remember if that is relatively new. A Bod Pod is just about the most accurate way to determine body fat, especially body fat of athletes. Some other body fat measuring techniques aren't accurate on athletes.
     
  19. The Pencil Neck

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    This hybridization is something I've been concerned about for awhile now. TC and I have mentioned it several times.

    From what they're saying, it sounds like they spent more time working out the differences this offseason. I think last year, Kubiak started to install a pure Denver system, realized he didn't have the right personnel, lucked into getting Sherman as an assistant, and then they threw the two playbooks together as well as they could under their time constraints.

    This year, we hopefully won't see the obvious disconnect between different play types. We shouldn't be able to tell running vs. passing plays by the line spacing and other lineup things.

    And hopefully, they'll base their blocking schemes on the available talent to maximize the talent.

    I'm hopeful that this experiment will work. We've got a couple of rilly smrt guys working it out.
     
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    From the horse's mouth. Sure would be nice to see what appeared to be an excited team.

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    The prior day's report mentions them working on the shotgun. Be interesting to see if it actually gets used this year.
     

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