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12/13/2009

Construction of a Run-And-Shoot Offense

Filed under: Pro Football — David Hunter @ 12:52 PM
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Many people are aware that a run-and-shoot offense needs speed, agility, and football intelligence. Here’s a look at how the offense was constructed through 3 teams that utilized the run-and-shoot in the NFL during the early 1990’s. Note that for Detroit, Mouse Davis was OC while in Houston, Jack Pardee had just become head coach. Jerry Glanville was the head coach of Atlanta and was the only squad to utilize a lot of RBs and include TEs on the roster.

1989 Detroit Lions
4 QB: 6’3 200, 6’2 196, 6’4 217, 6’0 230
4 RB: 5’10 225, 5’9 184, 5’9 184, 5’8 203
11 WR: 5’9 167, 6’3 190, 5’11 175, 6’2 204, 5’7 182, 6’1 180, 5’9 170, 5’8 168, 5’7 166, 5’9 180, 5’11 190

1990 Detroit Lions
3 QB: 6’3 200, 6’0 230, 6’2 205
2 RB: 5’8 203, 6’3 225
8 WR: 5’9 167, 5’8 167, 5’11 175, 5’10 192, 6’1 192, 5’7 182, 5’7 165, 5’7 166

1990 Houston Oilers
2 QB: 6’3 202, 6’3 218
4 RB: 5’8 212, 5’9 190, 5’10 209, 5’11 222
8 WR: 5’11 184, 5’9 168, 5’9 178, 5’8 162, 5’9 170, 6’2 201, 5’7 142, 5’7 145

1991 Atlanta Falcons
3 QB: 6’2 225, 6’2 212, 6’1 217
6 RB: 6’1 220, 6’0 234, 6’1 210, 5’10 195, 5’10 209, 5’7 201
7 WR: 6’2 207, 5’9 170, 6’0 184, 5’7 166, 5’10 188, 6’1 188, 5’9 169

One thing that immediately becomes clear is that size shrinks down incredibly at the WR position. Many of the WRs would be considered smurfs (ironically, Darren Sproles of the San Diego Chargers would probably have been drafted as a potential inside W or Y receiver for a run-and-shoot team given his speed and agility in the open field and good ability to catch the ball.

Here’s how I would construct a current run-and-shoot offense if given the parameters above and the ability to select any talent in the NFL today.

2009 Run-And-Shoot Squad
First I’ll need quarterbacks that are not only intelligent but have very good ability to scramble out of the pocket.

3 QB: 6’0 209 (Drew Brees), 6’4 217 (Alex Smith), 6’3 205 (Josh Johnson)

I’ll need small running backs who are very shifty in the backfield but strong enough to break tackles and can chip block at the very least or split out in a 5 WR set.

3 RB: 5’9 198 (Ahmad Bradshaw), 6’0 203 (Reggie Bush), 5’8 202 (Kevin Faulk)

And finally I’ll need smaller WRs who have very good speed/agility and separation ability to keep defenses on their heels. These guys would be considered slot WRs at best on most rosters. I’ve also had to convert several RBs in order to “meet” the smaller size that rosters above had.

10 WR: 5’6 185 (Darren Sproles), 5’11 186 (Danny Amendola), 5’9 185 (Wes Welker), 5’10 190 (Davone Bess), 5’10 200 (Santana Moss), 5’9 171 (Roscoe Parrish), 5’10 180 (Eddie Royal), 6’0 185 (Johnny Knox), 5’9 205 (Jerome Harrison), 5’8 195 (Leon Washington)

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