Such was true when working on this post with Dan Bryden (@All22Bryden). Dan’s thorough analysis and viewpoint of the game makes you feel like you are sitting in the film room cutting up tape with a coach. His sophisticated, yet put-into-layman's-terms, analysis runs through this entire post. Without his input, this would have just been idea that needed to be better fleshed out. It was a true pleasure to initiate an idea to him through social media and see what came of it as we shared thoughts and ideas about football and the Baltimore Ravens.
The 2014 season marks another milestone in transition for the Baltimore Ravens. After roster turnover following the 2012 Super Bowl XLVII, the Ravens embark on their biggest philosophical change of the John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco era. This year, the offensive philosophy changes from the Air Coryell system to the West Coast Offense (WCO).
Much has been discussed, debated, and dissected about how the change in offensive philosophies will affect Flacco, rightfully so. He is the quarterback and the pressure is on him to perform, especially given the status that comes with his franchise quarterback contract and how his offensive weapons were upgraded this offseason. The progressions that Flacco needs to learn are not that different to what he has been doing with the Air Coryell, but how the passing concepts stack upon one another and how those progressions are tied to his footwork will be a major change.
That being said, how will the WCO mesh with the other players on the Ravens’ roster? How will the receivers, offensive linemen, and running backs fit into Kubiak’s WCO?
Dan Bryden (@All22Bryden) assists Andy Hanes (@Andy_Hanes) of Raven Nation Army in projecting how the Ravens evolution to the WCO will affect the offensive players and the overall philosophy of the team. Part I one of this two-part piece dissected the differences between the Air Coryell offense and Kubiak’s West Coast variant, and it also discussed the implications that Kubiak will have on quarterback Joe Flacco.
In Part II, we will analyze the offensive line and the wide receivers as they make the transition to the WCO.