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Simplified West Coast Offense terminology.


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2. Multiple West Coast Offense 3. There is a Major Difference in Terminology between theBill Walsh Offense theOld BYU Offenseand theMultiple West Coast Offense A Comparison in Terminology 4.

  • In Walshs offense , the basic offense is built on series for play-calls. NOTE:a 3 can be added to the passing series number denoting that it is a 3-step drop.

5. Walsh Offense

  • The formation is called by color (Red left / right, Orange Left / Right)
  • Motion is called by letter, then by motion (Blue Right, F Short (Flanker short motion)
  • The protection is called by number (322 Scat)
  • The primary receivers route is called, every one else has to memorize their route 72 (protection) X shallow cross (Primary receivers route)
    • This can get very difficult when you switch up formations and the complimentary receivers now have to switch their routes.
    • NOTE:This may be why Notre Dame (under Willingham) and UCLA had a difficult time early on learning and installing their respective West Coast Systems.


  • A comparison in terminology
  • Walshs Offense
  • and the
  • Multiple West Coast Offense

7. Finding the Winning Edge p. 502 Walsh Offense Terminology : "Spread Right Eagle Right 2-Jet E Drive Z Post" Multiple WCO Terminology: "Hum Trunk Right 928 Dig - Stop Queen" 8.

  • In the Edwards BYU / Chow USC Offense
  • The basic offense is built on series numbers for pass protections.
  • In the USC basic dropback passing game, they have nine passes.
    • They call it the 60 Series.They have a pass for each of the 60 numbers.
      • Example:65.The linemen know it is the basic 60 cup protection.The 5 is the pass pattern.Everyone has to remember the pass routes.They have nine basic pass patterns.

2001 C.O.T.Y Clinic Manual p. 58 9. Chow / USC Pass System

  • Used colors for formations, (now USC uses names a lot Dual, Flank etc.)
  • A) 40-series:The T.E. and both backs stay in for protection
  • B)50 series : Quick ProtectionC) 60 series :Backs check release opposite sides & can be called HOT 66 Will / 66 SamD) 70 series :Weakside attack - both backs weak flow T.E. and FB check before releasing.E) 80 series :Strongside attack stongside back releases immediately

10. Chow / USC Pass System

  • The formation is called by color (Red left / right, Orange Left / Right)
  • Motion is called by Tag (Red Right Zip)
  • The protection is called by a series number (60 -both backs check release)
  • The primary receivers route is called, every one else has to memorize their route 66 Y Bench Sam
    • The protection is 60, the wide receivers both run 6 routes (curls) the Tight in now runs a Bench routeinstead of his normal 66 route, and the F has a free release and is hot if the Sam Backer Blitzes.

11. Chow / USC Pass System

  • Although not extremely varied, it is fairy simple to learn and memorize.However, if you were going to vary formations and patterns, it would get complicated because of all the memorization involved in the offense.


  • A comparison in terminology
  • Norm Chows Basic Offense
  • and the
  • Multiple West Coast Offense

13. MWCO Terminology: "Split Right 414 Flat -V Max" USC Offense Terminology: "Red Right 66 Y-Bench Fred 2001 C.O.T.Y Clinic Manual p. 63 14. Multiple West Coast Offense

  • Derived fromSid Gilman/ Joe Gibbs / Colorado State University (Sonny Lubick)
  • Passing offense:Single-side receiver across backs routes are called protection is called
  • Run game is set up with Series Number based on number of backs and position of backs helps the line with line-calls and blocking schemes
  • Formations are called with descriptive one-syllable names for easy learning and repeating
  • Everyone is told what to do in the play call (no memorizing)
  • Each motion receiver / back is given a tag call to go in motion we motion into the called formation

15. Overview

  • Introduction
  • Philosophy of the system
  • Play-calling Philosophy
  • How the run game is set up
  • How the passing game is set up
  • Basic drop back pass protection
  • Incorporating two separate sets of progressions
  • The formations system
  • How motions are called
  • How shifts are called
  • How the play-calls are made
  • Practice / Installation Philosophy
  • How the call sheet is set up and used

16. Introduction

  • As a teaching philosophy, this is acomplete offensive system that is very logical and simple to comprehend by both players and coaches
  • This system allows you to spend quality time teaching fundamentals, because you dont have to spend an inordinate amount of time running plays to teach the system as well as specific plays to the players
  • Once the language of the system is learned and installed, the possible play-calls and formations are virtually endless

17. Introduction (cont)

  • Easy to understand and easy for players and coaches to learn
  • Simple to install in a short period of time
  • Allows a team to make adjustments at anytime during a game
  • Extremely flexible
  • Note of Interest It turns out that this is very close variation of Sid Gilmans system.Joe Gibbs (New Redskins Head Coach) runs a similar system Extremely flexible for shifts, motions and multiple formations!

18. Philosophy of the System

  • Use a system where a coach can teach efficiently with high quality instruction teaching becomes a priority
  • Create a precision-timed passing game with explosive capabilities, i.e. vertically push the ball downfield
    • We also have to go into any given season being able to beat the bump & run defender consistently we use our own innovative techniques
  • Be able to physically run the ball effectively by double-teaming at the point of attack (the inside and outside zones are also included)
  • Have the capability to makeimmediateadjustments during a game
  • Create an offense that is hard to prepare for because it is so multifaceted
  • Use multiple formations and a multitude of plays
  • Take what the defense gives us most all of the time
  • Spend quality time teaching individual technique every practice

19. Play Calling Philosophy

  • Make sure the players are fundamentally sound
  • Spread the ball around to many players
  • Call plays that get the players in a position to succeed if they make big plays, its a plus
  • Put the ball where the defense is vulnerable
  • Only audible when absolutely necessary
  • Do everything we can to put the defense on their heels
  • Keep the ball from the defense if necessary (a ball-control offense)
  • Push the ball downfield and score points (if you decide you have to get into a shootout)

20. How the Run System Is Set Up

  • Basic line splits
  • The hole numbering
  • NOTE :The Guards and Tackles hands are even with the Centers shoelaces.

21. HOLE NUMBERING 12 12 12 2 4 6 8 3 5 7 9 10 THE RUNNING GAME 12 12 12 BASIC LINE SPLITS QB QB 22. How the Run System Is Set Up

  • The master calls
  • The line calls
  • NOTE:The run game is very similar to Alex Gibbs Tight-zone / Wide-zone concepts, with isolation / power plays and draws added to the mix.

23. Run System Calls

  • Blocking Scheme Master Calls
    • 14 / 15 Zone
    • 16 / 17 Stretch
    • 34 / 35 Base
    • 20 / 21 Lead
    • 28 / 29Toss
    • 41 / 50 Trap
    • 2 / 3 Lead

24. How the Run System Is Set Up

  • The backs numbering
    • Single-back numbering (Teen series)
      • There is NO lead blocker on the playside
    • Two-back numbering (20 series)
      • There is a lead blocker on the playside
    • The back lines up at 7 yards behind the LOS

25. 16 Stretch Does NOT have a lea