Packers to Use West Coast Offense?

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy might be bringing the rollouts back. Bob Glauber reported this morning on ESPN2’s First Take that McCarthy is planning to use rollouts more often this season, thinking Favre will have more time to pass and be more effective if he’s getting out of the pocket more often. Maybe it’s just me but almost every team in the league uses some form of the “West Coast offense”.

The basis of this offense is to afford the QB time to roll out of the heart of the pocket and find open receivers. The QB would have to (at least to me) have a little bit of elusiveness to successfully run this offense; last time I checked Favre doesn’t possess much of that. But I can see why McCarthy would want to incorporate this offense as the WR’s as the Packers wideouts (other than Driver) are relatively young.

Another thing to consider: the West Coast offense has somewhat changed over the years in this respect – the rollouts haven’t become an offensive staple as much as some of the other innovations that Bill Walsh, creator of the West Coast offense, put together — especially the reliance on short passes. At least the Pack will have all of training camp to learn and hopefully master this offense so Favre can in fact be more efficient.


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