May 29, 2018
Some coaches have success by the system they run, some coaches have success by picking players. Bill Walsh had a system with the San Francisco 49ers. He got it from Paul Brown at the Cincinnati Bengals. Under Walsh, Joe Montana, and others, it became known as the West Coast Offense. It focused on a progression read and high volume passing. The quarterback had to be accurate and good on his feet. But the quarterback didn't have to have an amazingly strong arm. Joe Montana thrived in this system. He was cerebral and understood the system well. Plus he was a precision passer. Steve Young stepped in and also learned the system. The 49ers could have built the team around Young, but instead Young had to learn the system. That made Steve Young a Super Bowl Champion, a league MVP, and now a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. Jeff Garcia was an average quarterback, but flourished in the West Coast Offense. Jim Druckenmiller had an amazing arm, and was a real cannon. But he didn't pick up the system well and didn't succeed. Joe Gibbs was another "system" coach. He created a U Back, Utility Back, who could really multi task on the field. Gibbs won multiple Super Bowls with different quarterbacks. Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien. None of these quarterbacks were necessarily Hall of Fame caliber, but in the Joe Gibbs system they were great. Don Shula won more games than anyone and he did it in some really unorthodox ways. Early in his career, he started with Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts. Unitas was a passer. He was so ahead of his time. Shula let Unitas call his own plays. When Scott played for Coach Shula, he did the same thing. Scott called all his own plays in practice. Shula had Mercury Morris, Larry Csonka, and Jim Kiick, and some other runners. So Shula played a running game. Then Shula drafted Dan Marino. He recognized a great talent and let that talent do his thing. Al Davis did the same thing with the Raiders. He had a misfit group of people and he just let them play to their strengths. Bill Parcels used Lawrence Taylor. Taylor started rushing the passer which wasn't part of the Parcels plan. It worked and so he let him run. Now, the New England Patriots way is more of a system under Bill Belichick. After Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe, they've become a quarterback team. Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop on all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.