I plugged his work in
on the Titans-Vikings game, but Alen Dumonjic has written a longer post on how the run-and-shoot is alive in Tennessee
. Obviously, the real run-and-shoot offense as run by the Oilers and Warren Moon in the early 1990's (and also by the Falcons and Lions in the same time frame) is dead and not coming back
, at least in the NFL.
Chris Brown of Smart Football, who shows up frequently when I write about technical passing game stuff, wrote a useful series on running the run-and-shoot in the modern era that's probably worth taking a look at (see parts one
, and four
). One thing that he stresses, though maybe more in other posts, is that some elements of the run-and-shoot really are alive-and-well. You see some of these incorporated in the league's best passing offenses, such as the Colts and Patriots, and early evidence strongly points to more of them with the Titans than they've shown in the recent past. Post-snap reading by the wide receivers is one thing I don't think the Titans did very much under Mike Heimerdinger, but for example one of Nate Washington's grabs against the Bears looked like an instance of that.
The hire of Dave Ragone as wide receivers coach makes much more sense from this perspective. Ragone was of course a quarterback who played under Chris Palmer when he was with the Texans, and thus has some familiarity with the kinds of reads Titans receivers will now be asked to make. It'll be absolutely crucial that the receivers and quarterbacks are on the same page, and we'll see which receivers adjust quickest to the new offense. I think this actually played a role in Justin Gage getting cut; his veteran experience actually meant less because he doesn't have a history of being asked to adjust his route based on the defense.