We've learned a lot about the players and coaches for this team in the current season, but we have quite a strange predicament in heading into next year.... Let's review.
We tried opening the season using a very slow version of the spread offense. Given the explosive playmakers we have on our roster, it seemed to be the best way (in the eyes of the coaching staff) to utilize their abilities and put our team in position to score. However, we quickly found that we did not have the reliability to be able to properly run this scheme, due to the precise execution it requires and the lack of experience/time together, combined with our inability to run the ball from these formations.
So we changed our offensive scheme into using a lot of power sets. We have had and continue to have good offensive success using these sets, due in large part to the emergence of Zac Stacy. With Kellen Clemens leading the attack, its apparent that we'll continue to lean heavily on the run and heavy sets for the rest of the season.
But what about next year?
First off, will Schotty be given another year? I, among others, hope not... but he seems to have the trust of FIsher.
Whether or not he's with us, what will our offense look like?
We undoubtedly have great spread personnel from a skill player standpoint... I mean, look at it.
Tavon Austin will not thrive in a heavy offense.
Jared Cook will not thrive in a heavy offense.
Isaiah Pead will not thrive in a heavy offense.
However, on the other hand...
Zac Stacy feasts in a heavy offense.
Sam Bradford looked much more efficient in a heavy offense.
Lance Kendricks feasts in a heavy offense.
Our offensive line performed much better in a heavy offense.
Conventional wisdom says to stick with what works... But that also means less involvement for our most explosive players.
So what kind of system do you see the Rams running next year?