Aug 21 2009, 08:57 PM
Seems like every pre-season I here about Andy Reid's "Vanilla" offense. At first glance, it makes sense that you would want to delay showing your real offensive schemes for the games that matter. Why gives extra footage and clues to other teams about how you are going to run your offense.
I'm starting to wonder whether this is a valid argument. It seems to me that the more you can have your offense play in regular schemes, the better and more efficient they will become in delivering them later on. Not to mention being able to build some momentum going in to the season.
I know that NFL team all hide certain facets of their offense during the preseason but I seriously doubt that many of the top coaches have such bland play calling as Andy. Basically what we saw from Indy and NewEngland, is what we will see in the regular season.
Any thoughts people?
Aug 21 2009, 09:02 PM
from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Training Camp/Preseason http://www.dawgtalkers.net/showflat.php?Ca...ge=0#Post218175
5) There is no magic fix for line play or stopping the run.
Stop thinking "Once we add in our wrinkles or once we gel we'll be much improved." It hasn't happened in the years I've started looking at the details of the game. If you're flat out getting beat, it's going to be a long year no matter how much you scheme.
6) Stop thinking we're "holding more back than other teams."
"We're holding back on D, we're staying vanilla, you'll see us improve greatly. Campo's D is gonna be amazing for us." EVERY team holds things back, but just because we look bad in our base packages doesn't mean we'll look good in our exotic packages, you have to walk before you can run. This is very similar to #5 but different.