Inside the Film Room: The Potential of the West Coast Offense

Aug 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow (81) during warmups before a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone who has been watching the Jets play lately knows, going “Inside the Film Room” is not an easy task these days. Frankly, most of what you see makes you nauseous, and that was in real-time. It doesn’t look much better the second time around.

But, I got to thinking about the game planning, and the play calling. I wanted to see if there were any plays out there to take from the game as a positive, something to look forward to as potential for this offense. So here is what I found.

Remember back when Marty Mornhinweg was hired, and we talked about the workings of the West Coast Offense? We talked over and over again about how it built on short pass routes, quick drops from the quarterback, timing, and yards after the catch. Well, let’s take a look at this play from the game last week, and we see an example of how, when the Jets execute the system right, it works:

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Geno is in the shotgun, with trips to the right. Bilal Powell has gone in motion out of the backfield and put himself wide to Geno’s left. The man who is getting the ball is Kellen Winslow, circled in the slot. Geno is going to take the snap and take 3 quick drop steps. Winslow is running a quick post route. Geno is going to throw to a spot, as when Smith hits his third step, that is when Winslow makes his cut. Classic West Coast offense.

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Geno hit his mark here, marked in the circle, and plants. At the same moment, Winslow is making his cut to the inside. That is the timing element at play. Now, when Geno makes the throw to the spot, as indicated by the broken line, he knows that Winslow will be there. The result?

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Kellen Winslow makes the catch in stride, takes it for 12 yards and a first down.

This is the WCO at play, and it is fun to watch. When the quarterback is allowed to run it, it works quite nicely. Hopefully we will see more of it come tomorrow.

Topics: Geno Smith, New York Jets, West Coast Offense

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  • Paul Newbold

    Very little west coast excitement as of late, actually it looks very little like a west coast system lately. The “handcuffing” of Geno and the return to “ground and pound” philosophy has assured that!

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