broncos_fan _from _uk Posted October 22, 2022 Share Posted October 22, 2022 46 minutes ago, AKRNA said: Interesting discussion. I can't even recognize what people call a WCO anymore. IMO unless you're using a fullback a lot and your base look is an I formation I don't think it's a WCO. Walsh or Shanahan could line up every play in an I and call an entire game from that and never repeat a play. Pre snap shifts, motion, and varying route tree's made that an incredibly tough offense to stop. Note this isn’t a response to just you. I love the history of the WCO and enjoy taking about it! The core of the Walsh WCO goes back to his days as the Bengals OC under Paul Brown when Virgil Carter was forced to start after the strong armed Greg Cook was injured. Walsh developed an offense that spread the field horizontally instead of vertically and used lots of pre snap shifts and movement to isolate favorable matchups. What Shanahan did was marry the Walsh WCO with the Gibbs ZBS. Note that Gibbs did not invent the ZBS. Vince Lombardi did with his power sweeps. Gibbs learned these basics from Woody Hayes during his time at Ohio State. Then he (and Mike) learned the value of having the OL block the same whether it’s pass or run from Dan Reeves (who adapted it from Tom Landry). Together they built an offense built around a blocking scheme coupled with spreading the field horizontally and because they had John Elway as QB (arguably the greatest ever at that time of throwing on the run) they relied heavily on PA, Boots, and Woggles. the scheme has continued to evolve but that’s the basis of the shanahan WCO that persists today. Outside and Inside zone blocking that looks the same regardless of it it’s pass or run, moving pockets, and lots of pre snap movement. 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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