At this point in the season, a team’s offensive identity is pretty well established. And while some of the game’s greatest and most-creative minds are still actively coaching at this time of year, there’s still a prevailing thought among those coaches to stick with what got you here.
“I guess what I’ve learned is particularly with a two-week game plan, that you don’t want it to be a voluminous game plan,” Childress said on Wednesday when asked if playoff teams like to change anything schematically heading into the postseason. “There’s something to having it simple, concepts you understand, that you can do in your sleep, maybe dress it up a little differently, but you’re still attacking the defense and doing the things that you know. You don’t want to get out of body.”
With that being said, the Vikings and Cowboys offenses have enough versatile and talented players that they can deviate from their respective norms from time to time.
The Cowboys primarily rely on a grinding ground attack with Marion Barber and Felix Jones leading the way as well as an aerial assault that features QB Tony Romo finding TE Jason Witten and WR Miles Austin all over the field. But Dallas has a 3rd RB – Tashard Choice – who does a great job of running the so-called “wildcat” offense, with Jones often included in the formation.
So the Vikings have to deal with an exotic package from the Cowboys offense in addition to stressing about the ground game and Romo’s passing ability.
But this is a 2-way street, according to Cowboys Head Coach Wade Phillips. Speaking with Minnesota reporters on Wednesday, Phillips was complementary of Childress’ coaching style.
“Brad has just worked his way up and been outstanding at everything that he has done,” Phillips said. “He has continued that as a head coach. He comes through that West Coast kind of tree there and he is right on the top of that tree.”
So does Phillips anticipate some wrinkles from the Vikings offense, too?
“Oh yeah, they’re always going to do something to give you problems,” he said. “That is one thing that you can count on from Brad. They are going to come up with some things that are going to give you problems defensively. We have to hope that we can counteract those things.”
Posted in All, Mike Wobschall | 23 Comments »