Forums


Top Headlines: Peterson ordered to stay away from Vikes.. Orioles clinch first division since '97.. Nationals clinch East by blanking Braves.. Woj: T'wolves signing Glenn Robinson III.. Probation for Browns' Gordon in DWI case.. Charges for Stewart up to grand jury.. Union appeals Rice's suspension Arrieta no-hits Reds into 8th, Cubs win.. Major sponsors voice disapproval of NFL.. Warner, Seau among 113 Hall nominees..

SJ Home Forums S. Wedell Memorial Mock Draft Database Arcade Sports Gifts
Go Back   Forums > NFL Huddle > NFL Jabber

Notices

NFL Jabber The most popular sport in America and our most popular forum. Well, at least until the Waitress Room starts getting new .. "material"

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-08-2012, 07:11 AM   #1
Deb
Owner/Maid
HOF'er (retired jersey)
 
Deb's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Chardon
Posts: 54,791
Reputation: 2195
Deb has a reputation beyond reputeDeb has a reputation beyond reputeDeb has a reputation beyond reputeDeb has a reputation beyond reputeDeb has a reputation beyond reputeDeb has a reputation beyond reputeDeb has a reputation beyond reputeDeb has a reputation beyond reputeDeb has a reputation beyond reputeDeb has a reputation beyond reputeDeb has a reputation beyond repute
My Mood:

: $536349
Send a message via AIM to Deb Send a message via MSN to Deb Send a message via Yahoo to Deb
NFL Inside the Pistol Offense and How It's Revolutionized the NFL



Colin Kaepernick is rewriting the rules of NFL football. Small-school, dual-threat quarterbacks aren't drafted high in the second round. "Projects" like that don't unseat a veteran starter on a first-place team in their second season.

But Kaepernick has. Now, everyone's talking about how the big kid from the little school played his way to the top, but most are leaving out an important part: the pistol offense. This innovative formation is revolutionizing football at every level, including the NFL.

The Beginning
Kaepernick's only college scholarship offer was at the University of Nevada, where head coach Chris Ault had installed himself as head coach two years before and his new "Pistol" offense one year before. Ault wanted to combine the passing strength of a spread-out shogun offense with the power running game of a traditional I-formation.

Ault shortened the shotgun snap, placing his quarterback four or five yards behind the line of scrimmage and the running back directly behind the quarterback, like this:

The short distance between quarterback and center allows for a much faster snap, and the short distance between running back and quarterback allows for quick handoffs and fast-developing run plays. The quarterback still gets an eagle-eye view of the defense, though, without standing so far back that he doesn't pose a threat to run.

In the shotgun, tailbacks typically line up next to the quarterback. This limits what the offense can do with them and makes it easy for defenses to read whether they'll be running, blocking or running a route. In the pistol, the running back is right behind the quarterback, so it's much harder for defenses to pick up what the offense is doing.

This allowed Nevada to throw like a shotgun spread team, run like an I-formation team, freeze defenses with excellent play action and use advanced running concepts like the veer:

Kaepernick had the perfect blend of height, athleticism and throwing ability for Ault's Pistol. He stepped into a starting role as a redshirt freshman and started 47 straight games from there.

In 2008, Nevada was the only D-I team to both run and throw for 3,000 yards. In 2009, the Wolf Pack led the nation in rushing, piling up a whopping 344 yards per game at an incredible 7.39 yards per carry. They became the first school in NCAA history to have three 1,000-yard rushers in the same season.

It Spreads
It didn't take long for other college programs to begin using the pistol. This Big Ten Network clip does an excellent job of breaking down Indiana's implementation of the pistol and how devastating the play action can be with this formation (thanks to Smart Football and Shakin' the Southland for pointing this clip out):

It didn't take long for the pistol to spread to the NFL, either: The Kansas City Chiefs used the pistol extensively in 2009, when they lost multiple quarterbacks to injury. The Pittsburgh Steelers have used it to maximize Big Ben's strengths. The Redskins have deployed Robert Griffin III from it to great effect.

Perhaps most spectacularly, the Bengals deployed it in Week 3 with Mohamed Sanu. They used a two-back variant in their lineup, with quarterback Andy Dalton split wide:

The confusion in the Redskins secondary led to a wide-open A.J. Green scoring a 70-yard touchdown.

In the NFL, smart coaches ask their players to do what they do best—and Jim Harbaugh is a smart coach. Check out this outstanding breakdown by NFL.com's Bucky Brooks of the 49ers' use of Kaepernick in the pistol.
Just as when he led Nevada to a 13-1 record in 2010, Kaepernick's size, speed and throwing ability make him very difficult to stop, even with NFL defenders.

The Future of the Pistol in the NFL
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Will there be any true "Pistol Offense" teams in the NFL, using it as their base formation for most snaps, as Nevada does? No—just like there are no "I-Formation Offenses" or "Ace Offenses" in the NFL.

The pistol formation has become part of the NFL landscape, something every coach will study and be able to install if it will maximize their talent. Right now, many teams are just dipping their toes into it, using it as a gimmick or change of pace.

But the biggest potential of the pistol isn't in the mismatches created by the gimmick plays like the Sanu pass above. Rather, it's in the ability to freeze the defense with a mix of brutal downhill running and wide-open passing from the same formation.

As colleges continue to produce quarterbacks and running backs who've been used so effectively in the pistol, more and more NFL teams will incorporate it into their offenses—and more talented athletes like Kaepernick will find starting jobs in the NFL.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...onized-the-nfl
__________________







"And in the depths of winter, I found in me am invincible summer."
Deb is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
Reveryroadie
Roadie/NFL Swami/Co-Owner
HOF'er (retired jersey)
 
Reveryroadie's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 12,214
Reputation: 2700
Reveryroadie has a reputation beyond reputeReveryroadie has a reputation beyond reputeReveryroadie has a reputation beyond reputeReveryroadie has a reputation beyond reputeReveryroadie has a reputation beyond reputeReveryroadie has a reputation beyond reputeReveryroadie has a reputation beyond reputeReveryroadie has a reputation beyond reputeReveryroadie has a reputation beyond reputeReveryroadie has a reputation beyond reputeReveryroadie has a reputation beyond repute
My Mood:

: $84244
Send a message via Yahoo to Reveryroadie
Default

i give it another year tops, then NFL DC's will figure out a way to shut it down.
__________________









Reveryroadie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2012, 10:02 AM   #3
GSH1
Da Bears
Casual Fan
 
GSH1's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Illinois
Posts: 322
Reputation: 20
GSH1 is on a distinguished road
My Mood:

: $25930
Default

It's one reason why in the NFL coaches have to make adjustments and be open and willing to adapt and make changes, the NFL is always evolving and why it's also known as a copycat league.
__________________
GSH1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump




Support SJ: A percentage of all purchases made at Ebay &/or Amazon
via the search portals below go to support SJ operations.






SJ heartily thanks and recognizes the following monetary contributors...
2013: Jerry, Lee, Reaper, Rondo, Chuck...

2012: Jerry, Lee, Phenomenal TJ,...
2011: Lee, LarryBud, Gavin, SoonerChuck, Rondo, Mike, Jerry
2010: Serrated Shadow
2009: RoatanCharlie, Turbo Turtle, BnGBleeder, BFISA, Mark,
WareWolf94, Fan4ever, Oblong Biscuits, Jerry


Site Theme & Design by LatinMind & Matty

Additional GFX support by bbyao06, Robert, Jimmie, Matty, BoneKrusher, Jeff, & Serrated Shadow



Rate Sports Jabber Forums on these sites


Top NFL Fan SitesBest Football Sites TheSports100.com | Sports Toplist


Ping Blog


Disclaimer
Sports Jabber is not affiliated with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA, NASCAR, IndyCar, ARCA, NHRA, PGA, USTA, UFC, AFL, IOC,LFL, or any team, organization, or media outlet cited. The purpose of this website is for information, criticism, entertainment and commentary and is protected under the Fair Use Provision of the 1976 Copyright Act. Copyright "Sports Jabber", "SportsJabber.net", "Sports Jabber Forums", "Forums.SportsJabber.net, 2011-2013, All Rights Reserved.


Sports Jabber & all of its units are wholly owned subsidiaries of "D-Squared Enterprises"

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:40 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.