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The "amoeba" offense by Josh McDaniels


Alright, what is the Amoeba?

The Ameoba is a fairly unique program (run by NE and Denver) that works hand in hand within an existing system.  Like a white blood cell, it shifts shapes to adapt to a bad-guy cell, then eats it. 


Their designation of the Amoeba is a just description. Like all NFL teams, they vary formations and plays at need. New England just seems to do so at a very high level with great intention. That's one of the main facets of the Amoeba Offense.

 

Do we have the personnel to run the Amoeba?

 It doesn't stress player "types" so much, so personnel shouldn't be a concern.

The Amoeba is ADAPTIVE AND FLEXIBLE......makes major changes from week to week that other teams can't.  They do this because their Amoeba System requires three key parts:

  1. Players who are smart, more so than being fast, big or any other trait. 
  2. Players who are willing take small roles without glory to serve the greater good (no "me-first" types).
  3. A nomenclature system that is adapted to allow for massive shifts in a playbook from week to week without being beyond the capabilities of players and coaches alike.

Divining the McDaniels Way, Part 1 - Overview

http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/3/31/811318/divining-the-mcdaniels-way-part-1

 

Divining the McDaniels Way, Part 2 - The Running Game

http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/4/7/811303/divining-the-mcdaniels-way-part-2

 

Divining the McDaniels Way, Part 3 - The Passing Game

http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/4/10/811424/divining-the-mcdaniels-way-part-3

 

Divining the McDaniels Way, Part 4 - Propensities and Conclusions

http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/4/14/812783/divining-the-mcdaniels-way-part-4

 

This series is the outcome of a month-long collaboration between nycbroncosfan and broncobear. In general, NYC covered the stats and Doc handled most of the writing and analysis. We hope that it sheds light on some of the questions that have arisen as to just what, exactly, Josh McDaniels has been doing with the New England offense over the past four years.

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