At some point during the mid to late 1980's, Bill Walsh (the old guy wearing the John "Hannibal" Smith jacket at right) decided to make football complex and frustrate pure running enthuisiasts nationwide.
"The term West Coast Offense (WCO) is an umbrella term for precision-timed passing, variable formations, and the explotation of each player's skills."
- Bill Walsh
What has come into vogue as indica of the WCO are quick outs and slants, screen passes, the tight end seam, incessant playaction, and the running back draw.
Out is the triple option, which has taken up residence somewhere between Crystal Pepsi and snap bracelets.
Given that Coach Robinson has decided to let Syracuse murder the WCO this season and drive me to full-blown alcoholism, it might be helpful to get some foundational knowledge of the system. There isn't a lot of free information regarding the WCO on the web, but here's the best of what's available.
Great Primer on the WCO
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Pros and Cons
I guess the question of significance now is whether Syracuse can flourish in this system. Given what Nebraska put on the field last season with similar personnel who were transitioning from a similar offensive style, I'd say that the Orange has significant growing pains lying in the not to distant future.
Get ready for Interceptionmania!