Originally Posted by UKFlounder
I'm not sure that type of "dink and dunk" offense will ever be effective even when he "first game" excuse is gone.
Get used to it. Gruden is a disciple of his brother's offensive philosophy (which I got very acquainted with while watching in Tampa for several years) -- basic tenets are:
1. Emphasis on pre-snap motion and formation changes to confuse the defense.
2. Early down running between the tackles to soften the defense and nullify the pass rush.
3. Bunch formation WR groupings to create confusion and traffic for DBs in man-to-man coverage and to overload zones in more traditional Tampa 2 type schemes.
4. Preference for 3-step drop passes with the ball coming out on-time when the back foot plants for the third step.
5. Minimize the use of deep drops (7-step) unless as part of a play-action pass.
6. Avoid the shotgun whenever possible (takes the QBs eyes off the defense as he looks the ball in off the snap, disrupts timing due to snap-to-hand time being inconsistent form play-to-play).
With the heavy use of 3-step drops, you'll find that most primary routes don't go past 5-15 yards and there's a heavy preference for picking up yardage in that range.