Three Words Spelled Doom for Brady Quinn: West Coast Offense

March 16, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Say what you want about Brady Quinn and his exit from Cleveland. He was doomed, right alongside Derek Anderson, the moment Mike Holmgren came to Cleveland.
Holmgren is one of the major disciples of the West Coast offense. This offensive system relies on a quarterback making quick reads and accurate throws to receivers and allowing the receivers and playmakers a chance to make plays in the open field.
In the West Coast offense, teams tend to throw the ball close to 60 percent of the offensive downs or more. The ideology behind this strategy is that passing yields more yardage per attempt than rushing. Running the football tends to average between 3.5 to four yards per attempt. A decent passing attack yields over seven yards per attempt.
Quinn simply does not fit the bill for a West Coast quarterback. For his career, Quinn's completion percentage is 52 percent. If you watch the games, he does not hit his receivers in stride to allow them to gain additional yards after the...

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