Welcome to the West Coryell?


We aren’t as smart as many of you readers are, so we forgive if this thought has already occurred to many of you, but I think that we should expect some significant changes this year in the offense … and by what we mean more than the “whee!! We’ve got Faneca!!!” variety. We’re talking about straight up scheme overhaulin’.

My argument is that I think the Jets are going to mix and match parts of the West Coast Offense (passing ball control offense, like we’ve seen predominantly for the past two years) with the Air Coryell Offense (power running with deep passing) — basically an offense set up to take whatever the defense gives them and as the game dictates, which keeps totally with Mangini’s mentality. Should the team be winning by a wide margin? The team can “eat the clock” with power running, but then keep defenses honest with longer passes. If the team is down and needs to use the clock to their advantage, use more West Coast style plays.

Schottenheimer is a guy who has had a lot of varied influences, and this year might be the first to see the system he’s envisioned for three years now on display. Schotty learned at the knee of Cam Cameron (in keeping with the Coryell approach) as well as from Steve Spurrier (the spread ’em out, huck the ball around type) remember, Patrick Ramsey was a Steve Spurrier guy before he was a Jet player, something people tend to forget.

Over the course of the next few days, I’m going to talk about the details, but for now, let’s start with what we know and we’ll get into what might be called the “West Coryell.”

As Dwight Schrute might say …

  • FACT — The Jets invested a lot of money into Alan Faneca and Damien Woody to upgrade the line.
  • FACT — RB Jesse Chatman adds the depth as a power runner should TJ face injuries, FB Tony Richardson adds the blocker that a power running formation needs
  • FACT — Many fans and analysts alike agreed that the 2007 offense was stale and predictable
  • FACT — Although he dabbled with the WCO in Nebraska and under Gruden, he’s known for his O-Line skills, something that correlates well with power running.
  • FACT — The Jets drafted Dustin Keller, an exceptional athlete and a player who can fill the crucial H-Back role of a Coryell system.
  • FACT — In West Coast plays Keller can double as a WR.
  • FACT — They drafted a QB in year one who was known at the time to be both accurate and have a good arm
  • FACT — West Coast and Coryell based offenses both need two, if not more legitimate threats as receivers
  • FACT — The Coryell is suited for playing while ahead, something the team might be doing more of with a better defense.
  • FACT — The West Coast was the right offense to use without Curtis Martin in 2006.
  • FACT — In 2007, even with the addition of Thomas Jones, the team didn’t have the personnel on the line to help him out effectively and the offense fell apart.

Looking forward to running through this in detail over the next few days to see what your thoughts are!



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  2. […] you might see this summer from the Jets offense, something we are affectionately calling the “West Coryell,” an amalgamation of vertical downfield offense (Air Coryell) combined with the ball control […]