offensive coordinator strategies all nfl teams

OC Tendencies for Each NFL Team

June 18, 2019

Throughout my research for the 2019 Fantasy Football Draft, I searched everywhere in order to find more about the strategies that offenses use in order to get a feel for how they stack up against each other, and how they will utilize their players this year.

So, I decided to do a mountain of research in order to learn about the entire history of offensive strategies in the NFL, and how it translates into today’s game.

The Main 5 Offensive Systems in the NFL

Obviously, offensive coordinators in the NFL are a lot more complex than just 5 strategies. However, these 5 strategies have been developed over time, and been handed down through generations of NFL coaches and offensive coordinators. Some offenses utilize a mix of each strategy, with an implementation of their own unique styles. Others stick pretty close to the script and play a more disciplined game.

1. Air Coryell System 

This system is defined by:

  • Timing routes
  • Having QB throw “to a spot”
  • TE’s more involved in route trees
  • More than just hitches and digs

Lots of deep routes from outside receivers, flys and posts. First reads are often the deep shots, then RBs/TEs are running intermediate routes as check down options.

Receivers and TE’s run a lot of option routes depending on what defense gives them. Between the tackles power running game. Lots of pre-snap motion to avoid CB press-jams at LOS.

2. Erhardt-Perkins Offense 

The system is designed to simplify things for the quarterback by eliminating the lengthy play-calls used in West Coast and Air Coryell offenses, instead, using one-or-two word names for passing plays that are based on route combinations, or ‘concepts.’ These concepts typically feature two-or-three man route combinations on each side of the formation and these packaged concepts are each given names that are easy for the offense to digest.

The lack of verbiage makes it easier for an offense to use tempo and go no-huddle, as the passer can simply call out the name of a given concept, rather than an entire play. This system also stresses defenses by running a small number of plays out of a variety of formations. Often run the same play from multiple different formations to emphasize mismatches.

3. West Coast Offense

Focuses mainly on zone blocking runs and quick timing passes. This combo stretches opposing defenses horizontally and uses short passing attack as an extension of the run game. This entails extensive verbiage in the huddle and at the LOS for quarterbacks, tougher for young quarterbacks to master.

4. Spread Offense

The Spread offense has a goal that is explained in the name, spreading the defense out, by putting the QB in shotgun, often having 4+ receivers. You’ll often notice that the spacing between offensive linemen is even larger in this to further emphasize the spread.

You’ll see a lot of quick hitting pass plays and no huddle from spread offenses. This is where you’ll see a majority of RPO’s, and read option plays from the quarterback.

5. Air Raid Offense

This system is set in shotgun, featuring 2 wide outs and 2 slot receivers, 4 in total. The formations are a variation of the run and shoot offense. A lot of trips will be run out of the air raid to attack one side of the field, leaving a true “X” receiver, by himself on the opposite side of the field.

Offensive Coordinator Strategies for All 32 NFL Teams 

Now, that I have elaborated on and explained the 5 main offensive coordinator strategies in the NFL, it is time to show how each team fits into the puzzle:

dallas cowboys offensive strategy 2019

Dallas Cowboys

Head Coach

Jason Garrett

Offensive Coordinator

Kellen Moore

Pass Play % 2018

56.7%

Projection / Tendencies

“Air Coryell” System

buffalo bills offensive strategy 2019

Buffalo Bills

Head Coach

Sean McDermott

Offensive Coordinator

Brian Daboll

Pass Play % 2018

53.5%

Projection / Tendencies

“Erhardt-Perkins Offense”

miami dolphins offensive strategy 2019

Miami Dolphins

Head Coach

Brian Flores

Offensive Coordinator

Chad O’Shea

Pass Play % 2018

57.7%

Projection / Tendencies

“Erhardt-Perkins Offense”

new england patriots offensive strategy 2019

New England Patriots

Head Coach

Bill Belichick

Offensive Coordinator

Josh McDaniels

Pass Play % 2018

55%

Projection / Tendencies

“Erhardt-Perkins Offense”

New York Jets

Head Coach

Adam Gase 

Offensive Coordinator

Dowell Loggains 

Pass Play % 2018

57.8%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast

baltimore ravens offensive strategy 2019

Baltimore Ravens

Head Coach

John Harbaugh

Offensive Coordinator

Greg Roman

Pass Play % 2018

47%

Projection / Tendencies

With Lamar Jackson? Power run game. Lots of pulling tackles and guards

cincinnati bengals offensive strategy 2019

Cincinnati Bengals

Head Coach

Zac Taylor

Offensive Coordinator

Brian Callahan

Pass Play % 2018

61.7%

Projection / Tendencies

Run multiple plays out of the same look, don’t create tendencies, West Coast-esque

cleveland browns offensive strategy 2019

Cleveland Browns

Head Coach

Freddie Kitchens

Offensive Coordinator

Todd Monken

Pass Play % 2018

60%

Projection / Tendencies

Goal is Big Plays, Air Coryell

pittsburgh steelers offensive strategy 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers

Head Coach

Mike Tomlin

Offensive Coordinator

Randy Fitchner

Pass Play % 2018

67.4%

Projection / Tendencies

Air Coryell

houston texans offensive strategy 2019

Houston Texans

Head Coach

Bill O’Brian

Offensive Coordinator

Tim Kelly

Pass Play % 2018

56%

Projection / Tendencies

“Erhardt-Perkins Offense”

jacksonville jaguars offensive strategy 2019

Jacksonville Jaguars

Head Coach

Doug Marrone

Offensive Coordinator

John DeFilippo

Pass Play % 2018

58.6%

Projection / Tendencies

“Erhardt-Perkins Offense”

tennessee titans offensive strategy 2019

Tennessee Titans

Head Coach

Mike Vrabel

Offensive Coordinator

Arthur Smith

Pass Play % 2018

51.5%

Projection / Tendencies

“Erhardt-Perkins Offense”

denver broncos offensive strategy 2019

Denver Broncos

Head Coach

Vic Fangio

Offensive Coordinator

Rich Scangarello

Pass Play % 2018

61.2%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast

kansas- city chiefs offensive strategy 2019

Kansas City Chiefs

Head Coach

Andy Reid 

Offensive Coordinator

Eric Bieniemy

Pass Play % 2018

61.5%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast

los angeles chargers offensive strategy 2019

Los Angeles Chargers

Head Coach

Anthony Lynn

Offensive Coordinator

Ken Whisenhunt

Pass Play % 2018

58.8%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast

oakland raiders offensive strategy 2019

Oakland Raiders

Head Coach

Jon Gruden

Offensive Coordinator

Greg Olsen

Pass Play % 2018

61.1%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast

new york giants offensive strategy 2019

New York Giants

Head Coach

Pat Shurmur

Offensive Coordinator

Mike Shula

Pass Play % 2018

64%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast w/heavy play action emphasis

philadelphia eagles offensive strategy 2019

Philadelphia Eagles

Head Coach

Doug Pederson

Offensive Coordinator

Mike Groh

Pass Play % 2018

61.7%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast

washington redskins offensive strategy 2019

Washington Redskins

Head Coach

Jay Gruden

Offensive Coordinator

Kevin O’Connell

Pass Play % 2018

57.1%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast, with more downfield shots

chicago bears offensive strategy 2019

Chicago Bears

Head Coach

Matt Nagy

Offensive Coordinator

Mark Helfrich

Pass Play % 2018

54.8%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast + RPO’s

detroit lions offensive strategy 2019

Detroit Lions

Head Coach

Matt Patricia

Offensive Coordinator

Darrell Bevell

Pass Play % 2018

60.3%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast

green bay packers offensive strategy 2019

Green Bay Packers

Head Coach

Matt LaFleur

Offensive Coordinator

Nathaniel Hackett

Pass Play % 2018

67.5%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast

minnesota vikings offensive strategy 2019

Minnesota Vikings

Head Coach

Mike Zimmer 

Offensive Coordinator

Kevin Stefanski

Pass Play % 2018

52% – over last 3 games with new OC

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast

atlanta falcons offensive strategy 2019

Atlanta Falcons

Head Coach

Dan Quinn 

Offensive Coordinator

Dirk Koetter 

Pass Play % 2018

65.2%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast

carolina panthers offensive strategy 2019

Carolina Panthers

Head Coach

Ron Rivera

Offensive Coordinator

Norv Turner 

Pass Play % 2018

58.8%

Projection / Tendencies

“Air Coryell” System

new orleans saints offensive strategy 2019

New Orleans Saints

Head Coach

Sean Payton

Offensive Coordinator

Pete Carmichael Jr. 

Pass Play % 2018

54.3%

Projection / Tendencies

“Erhardt-Perkins Offense”

tampa bay buccaneers offensive strategy 2019

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Head Coach

Bruce Arians

Offensive Coordinator

Byron Leftwich

Pass Play % 2018

63.1%

Projection / Tendencies

Aggressive, pass-first Air Coryell

arizona cardinals offensive strategy 2019

Arizona Cardinals

Head Coach

Kliff Kingsbury

Offensive Coordinator

Tom Clements

Pass Play % 2018

60.6%

Projection / Tendencies

Air Raid Offense

los angeles rams offensive strategy 2019

Los Angeles Rams

Head Coach

Sean McVay

Offensive Coordinator

Aaron Kromer / Shane Waldron

Pass Play % 2018

56.4%

Projection / Tendencies

Run multiple plays out of the same look, don’t create tendencies, West Coast-esque

san francisco 49ers offensive strategy 2019

San Francisco 49er’s

Head Coach

Kyle Shanahan

Offensive Coordinator

Kyle Shanahan

Pass Play % 2018

67.8%

Projection / Tendencies

Run multiple plays out of the same look, don’t create tendencies, West Coast – esque

seattle seahawks offensive strategy 2019

Seattle Seahawks

Head Coach

Pete Carroll

Offensive Coordinator

Brian Schottenheimer

Pass Play % 2018

47.5%

Projection / Tendencies

“Air Coryell” System

indianapolis colts offensive strategy 2019

Indianapolis Colts

Head Coach

Frank Reich

Offensive Coordinator

Nick Sirianni

Pass Play % 2018

61.6%

Projection / Tendencies

West Coast

 

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