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A how-to on installing the offense

Posted by Albert Breer  June 12, 2010 01:55 PM

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Naturally, since Josh McDaniels cut his teeth as an NFL coach in New England, there are gonna be similarities between his offense in Denver and the offense he ran as Patriot offensive coordinator.

And so it was real interesting reading Peter King's piece in this week's SI on how Josh is continuing to install the scheme as he overhauls the Denver roster. This year, he's got one high-profile pupil, in Tim Tebow, learning.

I found one piece of detail near the magazine story's start particularly telling.

"You're going to have 50 plays in the game plan every week where you'll have one player open," McDaniels told the quarterbacks meeting room, per King. "I guarantee it. And you gotta find that one player. Quickly. You got to see it right away."

This plays right into how Tom Brady used to say his favorite receiver was "The Open One". And it highlights the amount of responsibility that's on the quarterback in this particular type of offense, and part of it is the pre-snap load a quarterback has to take on that I wrote about (and that was just from a protection standpoint) back in November.

Peter touched on the McDaniels/Tebow relationship a little more in his Monday Morning Quarterback this week. Wish I could provide you with a link to the piece from the hard copy of SI, because it's a real good read, but you'll have to pick up the magazine for that.

(UPDATE: Thanks to reader @ChrisWesseling for pointing me to the link right here. So there you go.)
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