Every offseason brings change in the NFL, not only in terms of players and coaches, but, by extension, new philosophies and schemes. NFL coaches and front offices do a great job of self evaluating, and many times they will tweak their schemes or philosophies to better fit their personnel, or simply to get better production. Let's take a look, team by team, at the philosophical changes heading into the 2005 season.
Atlanta tried to institute the West Coast offense a year ago with talented QB Michael Vick, and they finished the season with mixed reviews. Vick is always going to be a great weapon as a runner and a guy who will stretch the perimeter of the defense, but because of his unpredictable nature, his offensive line never knows what he is doing to do. As a result, it makes their blocking schemes tough and they gave up an incredible 46 sacks a year ago with a QB that is tough to get to.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is working this offseason on more short routes in the passing game, with Vick taking a lot of three-step drops and getting the ball out on crossing routes where his receivers can concentrate on making yards after the catch rather than emphasizing a lot of vertical routes. They are also using their best weapon, TE Alge Crumpler, a lot out of a slot formation to get him in good man to man match ups.