Rich Gannon

The Return of the West Coast Offense

Greetings Raider Nation! Do you remember the last time our offense was feared? How about 2002? Yes, a freaking decade ago! In the last few years, our offense has been very good but not feared like it was when we last went to the Super Bowl. The type of offense we ran happened to be the tongue twisting West Coast Offense.


I remember those times fondly even though it was ten years ago. It was a time where Rich Gannon would dismember a defense with a vast talent of receiver options comparable to what we have in camp now. Consequently, we haven’t had a quarter back the caliber of Gannon till now. No, I did not just compare Gannon to Carson Palmer, oh wait, I kind of did. (I guess I mean a “legit” and “capable” quarterback.)


Carson Palmer must lay awake at night reflecting on the many options he will have to throw at this season. Two all star caliber running backs in Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece that can catch as good as any wide receivers in the league. A wide receiver pool who is as fast and is as young as any team in the NFL. A rookie wide receiver turning heads at OTA’s named Juron Criner who seems to catch everything thrown at him with ease. (Take notes DHB.)  Another rookie WR named Rod Streater who has coach Dennis Allen real giddy and other WR’s like Luis Murphy petrified for there football life. A developing tight end with speed and hands named David Ausberry who owns the job as of now. If you see Carson smiling a lot this off season, you will know why.


Our new and progressive offense may not be 100% west coast style, but you will see flashes of what made us great a decade ago. Our skill players measure up to what we had in 2002, and Greg Knapp will have our offense flowing like a cool mountain stream. Gone are the days of run, run, fling it deep. Our offense will be more explosive, multifaceted, and less predictable. Defensive coordinators you have been put on notice! I look forward to this season, more then I have in almost a decade.


Long Live the Raider Nation.


Greg Simon

JBB Staff Writer



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