Zen and the art of the West Coast offense

He’s only been on the Plains a short while, but Scot Loeffler is already proving to be a master of coachspeak.  Take this profound observation:

“At the end of the day, everyone’s doing the same in the throw game, everyone’s doing the same with protections, it’s all verbiage, it’s all terminology,” Loeffler said. “And everyone’s changing. You go down and visit the true, so-called West Coast people, and it’s changed. It’s completely evolving.”

Get that?  It’s all the same, and it’s all changing.  Simultaneously!  Take a deep breath, grasshopper.  He’s clearly operating on a different plane of existence from those of us who’ve never been in the arena.

By the way, if you’re wondering how to make the West Coast offense work at the college level, this Chris Brown post is as good a place to start as any.

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8 responses to “Zen and the art of the West Coast offense

  1. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    Sounds like Chizik has hired H.I. McDonough.

    “There’s your throw game, and then there’s your non-throw game, and never the twain shall meet.”

    • The Lone Stranger

      As in re-peat O-ffender, H.I. ? Recidivism, do you know what that means H.I. We can only hope that The Barn travels the same path that led T. Tuberville out of town those many years ago.

      Lord, “Raising Arizona” is even today one of their three best films.

  2. Normaltown Mike

    This all makes sense. “Offensive Coordinator” can mean a coach who coordinates the part of the game that involves deliberately scoring points OR it can mean the coach who coordinates the part of the game that is foul, vile and otherwise unwatchable. Offensive.

    I trust he was hired for the latter and not the fore.

  3. FlatTireSpecial

    Loeffler’s right, structurally, they’re all very similar, but the labels and terminologies are new and different and “evolving”. Nothing new under the sun.

  4. Comin' Down The Track

    http://madshakespeare.com/2010/08/sunday-funnies-verbing-weirds-language/
    Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding

    • Cojones

      Notice how he made a verb out of “weird” in the comic strip. If one doesn’t read closely and with paranoia, insultage becomes a lost art.

      Loeffler wants to have it both ways. By calling attention to a complicated O plan and reducing it to the lowest common denominator and asking for input from all his O coaches , he is loefflerizing his offense.

  5. 69Dawg

    The single biggest obstacle to a college running the WCO is the 20 hour rule. If a college runs it good then the NCAA should investigate. All of these college coaches need to use “KISS” with their O and D.