So we're all excited about what Gary Kubiak might be able to do with this Ravens offence. As I have a few days off, I thought I'd head around the internet and read what I can about how our new OC's been running his past offences. What I found may or may not be of interest.
First, a Russell Street Report take:
A very quick and fairly basic read to help with a few unique concepts. Worth a nice little preliminary read.
Here's a Texans blog piece detailing how the West Coast Offence works:
A lot of people will know this stuff already, but there's still some interesting stuff.
Now we get to the more detailed stuff. Here's a piece on the "wide zone" take of the ZBS:
Whenever someone next complains about the ZBS, they'd best have read that first. Covers every lineman, TE and WRs' responsibilities, and should give some insight as to how Kubiak can seemingly bring in guys off the street and help them make 1,000-yard rushing seasons. If you only read one thing today, read that article (and this thread, because, y'know, you're kinda here already....). This old NFL Playbook video brings that stuff to life.
And a piece on the passing game in a ZBS scheme:
Take this one with a pinch of salt as it relies on a different kind of ZBS and it's a college piece to boot.
And if you feel like some really detailed reads, here a couple of Kubiak's/Mike Shanahan's old playbooks.
2002 Broncos (ahead of a Colts match):
And the 2004 Broncos:
(Gets really interesting around page 10, and you can see a lot of these talked-about responsibilities brought up in the playbook itself)
As a final way to unwind, here's something from our own BR.com that you may have read already:
The players obviously get paid to say good stuff, but if that doesn't get you excited for our new offence then I don't know what will.
Feel free to disagree with these points or add any yourself, but I also thought I'd try to present some takeaways in the name of good discussion:
*This offence could make or break Joe. There's been a bit of discussion going around as to whether he can play the timing game, and we could find out soon enough. He might be relied on to accurately throw his guys open.
*On the other side of that, Ravens-specific wrinkles are going to cash in on Flacco's mobility and probably involve more deep balls. Better yet, we won't just see the deep balls on go routes every time we face a third and long, but the deep passes should actually be geared around taking the top off a defence once they fear the short-passing game. Imagine that! And with Joe's mobility as a factor, he could be looking more like a far more talented version of Russell Wilson.
*Juice is going to get some big air time. I can see Kubiak throwing him all around the formations and getting him to do all kinds of things. If he pans out, he could be a real x-factor that gives defences headaches. I'm not too sure we draft another TE unless we get a compelling reason to.
*The more I read about this, the more I feel we'll be drafting another WR. Steve Smith looks like a nice addition and Marlon should come along nicely, but I feel like we go for another routes guy who can help with blocking if needed. Building up depth looks like an important part of this offence to keep it clicking.
*I possibly am biased here (*ahem* possibly), but I really really like Odell Beckham for this stuff. LSU had him blocking downfield a lot, and he showed he was willing and able. He's also been used at length to pull two or three defenders away from the LOS. Plus he can be a deep threat so teams wouldn't be able to just watch Torrey or Jacoby. Think about having three or four WRs that can come on any time and be YAC threats on short balls or be just as lethal downfield.
*I think we go for an RB in the draft, but I think we wait until day three unless there's someone who fits the main criteria (good vision and decisive) but can also catch reliably. Not angry at you Ray, just disappointed.
*It'll be interesting to see how Castillo's ZBS meshes with Kubiak's. Castillo works a bit more laterally, although I suspect he'll still have an easier job adapting than he did to Caldwell and Moeller's philosophies.
I posted this pre-draft on purpose, so anyone can talk about draft strategies and personnel with this stuff in mind. And when the draft's over, this can get dredged up again to discuss player fit and generally keep the rest of the offseason ticking ove.r
Thanks for reading. I do apologise if you already knew most of this stuff and I effectively wasted your time, but a lot of the content at this level is fairly new to me and I found it fascinating and figured others may be interested in finding this stuff out too. Aside from the playbooks, every link I provided is very readable.
Edited by Inqui, 30 May 2014 - 07:30 PM.