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Flexible Offense by Gerry Watkins

Flexible Offense by Gerry Watkins

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Flexible Offense by Gerry Watkins"Flexibility Above All"
My Offensive Philosophy
Flexibility above all things, while some offenses are based onspeedy receivers, some on big backs, this system is predicatedon flexibility. If you have speedy receivers you should throw. If you have a big back you should run. A good system allows theoffensive coordinator room to customize the fit for his players. To this end I've tried to keep the design as amorphous aspossible and not devote the system too much to any one tacticor style. "Be like the nature of water" is something martialartists are often told. Be flexible; maintain the ability to fit intoany container. To marry any one style is to be denied theadvantages of all other styles.Unfortunately, there are always trade offs. The trade-off wemake in our effort to maintain flexibility is complexity. Theability to do a lot of things requires a lot of terminology. Thetrick is to maintain system flexibility without crushing players'minds. To this end, the terminology I use is all designed around an"interchangeable parts" approach. That is to say that the entireplay is assembled piece by piece during the call with nospecific piece dependent on the inclusion of another. To avoidconfusion as to whose assignment belongs to whom thesystem incorporates word association (words beginning with Zfor the Z receiver, Y for the Y, R for the R, etc); so while there
can be a lot of calls on a single play, each player knows (byword association) what sounds/letters to listen for and he canignore anything that doesn't apply to him. This offense is also very concerned with maintaining surprise.Any offense's most basic advantage is the fact that it knowsthe plan of attack and the defense does not. A good systemwill endeavor to preserve this advantage as long as possible.No play is dependent on any particular formation and a singleplay can have one of a multitude of very minor changes(motions, alignments, etc.) attached to it. The idea is for allplays to look as similar as possible until the critical momentwhen you spring your attack.By maintaining flexibility and keeping your true intentionsmasked until the moment of execution, the defense is forced todefend a large number of possibilities rather than a fewernumber of tendencies.Finally, along with flexibility and surprise a good system shouldbe efficient. That is to say, a well designed offense is large intheory and trim in practice.While this system is intended to be comprehensive
on paper 
, itis up to the individual coaches to tailor it to the realities of theirsituation. If you don't have a fullback who can lead block, don'tbother installing the 10 series. If you don't have 2 viable tightends, don't bother installing the J personnel package. Withoutthe proper personnel you lack the capability to effectively runthose packages, so you do nothing to increase your operationalflexibility. You also lack the credibility to threaten the defenseusing those packages, so you gain no advantage in tacticaldeception either.Remember the goal is REAL flexibility not FALSE flexibility.Maximize the offense you can use not the offense you candraw. Install what is useful and put the rest back on the shelf until you can use it.
Formations and Personnel
 A Group”
(2 RB, 3 WR, 0 TE) --> Alice
B Group”
(1 RB, 4 WR, 0 TE) --> Bob, Benton
C Group”
(0 RB, 5 WR, 0 TE) --> Charlie
D Group”
(2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE) --> Daniel
G Group”
(1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE) --> Grant, Gary, Gavin
H Group”
(0 RB, 4 WR, 1 TE) --> Harold
I Group”
(2 RB, 1 WR, 2 TE) --> Ian
 J Group”
(1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE) --> Jenny, Jerome
K Group"
(0 RB, 3 WR, 2 TE) --> KevinNOTE: Names for packages and formations are largely arbitrary. Pick anynames you believe can be easily remembered by the players, with a fewexceptions. The letters E and F were omitted because they are associatedwith other things (several words beginning with E are shifts for the backfieldand words beginning with F are used to direct the fullback). In order tominimize friction, package and formation words beginning with X, Y, Z, T, F, Ror E should be avoided, as should names of animals. These associations areused for other variations.

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