Experience has suggested that some of the best results in FOF 8.2a come from matching a team’s personnel, offensive style, and offensive game plan—the idea is to get your best players on the field and to put them in a position to succeed. The new guided gameplanning and guided playbook creation tools have given the community new insights into the ways in which personnel, offensive style, and gameplanning can harmonize with each other, and new tools with which to experiment and achieve results.
This thread represents an attempt to share with the community a number of versatile playbooks that can be used in both SP and MP with a variety of offensive game plans. These playbooks are designed to be used with the guided gameplanning tool, as described in the next post.
Included below are a number of offensive playbooks that correspond to the different offensive styles. (As of November 6th, there is not yet a playbook matching the “balanced” offensive style, but I’ll make one of those soon.) In each of the playbooks, every single one of the plays in the playbook is at least a “solid” fit for the offensive style. The interesting part of this exercise is that each offensive style has distinctive characteristics. Observing these characteristics makes it plain that offensive style should be matched with a team’s personnel
, or, viewed from a different angle, team personnel choices should be made to harmonize with the team’s offensive style
All offensive styles below assume that a team will have two starting-quality wide receivers and a starting-quality tight end. The major distinctions involve choices regarding about the quarterback’s fit in the offense, the uses of the second tight end and the slot receiver, and whether the running back and fullback are used in pass-receiving or blocking roles.
uses primarily 113, 122 and 212 and places an emphasis on downfield passing to the flanker, the split end, and the “Y” tight end. All five receivers are sent into routes on virtually every passing play—there is very little extra blocking. As such, a rollout quarterback might be a valuable fit in this offense, as would a quarterback with high sense-rush and read-defense ratings, and some scrambling ability. The “T” tight end and the “A” running back receive a significant number of primary targets, and the “R” slot receiver and the “B” fullback are used often as secondary and outlet receivers even though they don’t have a high number of primary targets.
uses many two- and three-tight-end sets. All three tight ends will be used in the passing game, and although the “A” running back will receive some passing targets, he will be called upon most frequently for his pass-blocking skills. Extra pass protection is used on almost every passing play. A fullback is used only a few times out of the 212 formation, and is responsible only for pass-blocking and a few run blocks. It might be a good spot for a special-teams player with above-average blocking skills. A third wide receiver is not as necessary in this offensive style.
involves heavy uses of play-action passes and is weighted more than any other offensive system towards the 122 personnel grouping. Runs are distributed evenly across the eight gaps and involve a minimum of misdirection runs. It is important to have two strong tight ends and two good wide receivers in this offense. A third wide receiver is lss important. Extra pass protection is used on almost every pass, and this responsibility falls primarily on the running back and the fullback, although there are a number of targets as well that feature the “A” back. A long-passing quarterback would be a good fit.
represents the personnel groupings used by most current NFL teams, and thus emphasizes primarily the 113 and 122. A number of targets go to the second tight end, the slot receiver, and the running back. In most cases, all five receivers are sent out into receiving routes, and most of the outlet routes are short passes into the flats or just beyond the line of scrimmage. A short-passing quarterback with high short passing, accuracy, timing, and read-defense ratings would be a good fit in this offense.
West Coast (3WR)
is a variation of the regular West Coast offense, except it replaces most of the “T” tight end primary targets in the 122 formation with pass plays targeting the “R” slot receiver in the 113 formation.
makes heavy use of three-wide-receiver personnel groups and generally emphasizes shotgun formations, five-receiver routes, and short passes. A quarterback with strong short-passing skills (short pass, timing, accuracy, etc.) would be a good fit in this offense. Having three strong wide receivers is necessary in this offense, as is having a good running back with strong pass-catching skills.
is meant to adapt the spread offense to different personnel strengths. In this variation of the spread, the primary formations are 113 and 122, and the second tight end receives many of the targets that might have otherwise gone to the slot receiver. Running is weighted towards runs around the end.
is very similar to the ordinary spread offense except that it makes exclusive use of empty sets and single-back formations. Even the fourth receiver will receive a fair number of targets in this offense. A fullback is completely unnecessary—there are no plays in this playbook using a two-back formation.
The playbooks are available here: Dropbox - corbes fof 8.2a playbooks.zip