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Titans, Bucs installing Run ‘N Shoot concepts on offense

Jake Locker AP

Earlier this offseason, Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer talked about the benefits of a full offseason when it came to installing his offense.

One of those benefits appears to be the use of more Run ‘N Shoot concepts into the playbook. Palmer was an assistant with the Oilers from 1990-1992 when Houston ran the offense under coordinator Kevin Gilbride and the team’s website confirms that aspects of the offense will be in evidence in Tennessee this season.

Palmer’s not the only Gilbride disciple bringing the offense back into the league. Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has talked about Tampa using the concepts, which isn’t much of a surprise since offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan had previously been working under Gilbride as the Giants’ quarterbacks coach. With passing taking on a more expansive role in the league’s offenses, it was inevitable that teams would look for things from an offense that put up huge aerial numbers 20 years ago.

We don’t know exactly how the Titans will implement those aspects this season, but anything that moves the offense more toward spread looks would seem to benefit Jake Locker’s bid for the starting quarterback job. Locker’s ability to make plays on the move lends itself to that kind of offensive look — Freeman’s athleticism would also fit with the scheme — and that could signal the direction the Titans plan to take offensively.

It would be a very different offense from the one that helped propel Chris Johnson to his 2,006-yard season in 2009, but it doesn’t mean talk of a revitalized Johnson has been overblown. Barry Sanders had plenty of success in the scheme and getting the ball to Johnson in space with the defense spread out has the potential to be very effective.

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7 Responses to “Titans, Bucs installing Run ‘N Shoot concepts on offense”
  1. Nikhil Balakumar says: Aug 7, 2012 9:21 AM

    crazy how with britt there one of the most explosive offenses and without him there just above average

  2. bucforever says: Aug 7, 2012 9:42 AM

    New coach, new offense. Sounds right to me. From what I have read and heard from the Bucs camp, they are puttung together a new potent offense and Buc fans are expecting great things . The defense is what worries me most right now.
    First preseason game friday should be interesting . GO BUCS

  3. terraj35 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:54 AM

    Nikhil Balakumar says:
    crazy how with britt there one of the most explosive offenses and without him there just above average

    Titans offense is above average? With or without Britt they’re not an explosive offense

  4. winkeroni says: Aug 7, 2012 10:22 AM

    All this got me thinking of how great Warren Moon was.

  5. onermedboxer says: Aug 7, 2012 10:50 AM

    The Bucs offense is improved over last year’s squad, while Peter King of SI (an admittedly pretty smart dude) claims it is their defense which is their strong point, mainly the front 4

    I like the concept of the Run and Shoot, if the Bucs can get VJax, M. Williams, BLount, and Doug Martin all on the field at the same time as possible receivers/carriers it could create a nice balanced attack

  6. realfootballfan says: Aug 7, 2012 11:36 AM

    God, I hated that offense because it was so soft. It’s bad enough we have teams passing nearly 700 times with no running game to speak of.

    Guess it’s true though, the league always goes in cycles, even the bad ones.

  7. titansbro says: Aug 7, 2012 2:25 PM

    terraj35 says:
    Aug 7, 2012 9:54 AM
    Nikhil Balakumar says:
    crazy how with britt there one of the most explosive offenses and without him there just above average

    Titans offense is above average? With or without Britt they’re not an explosive offense

    With Britt on the field, they “should” be explosive. They have the weapons with Britt, Wright, Washington, a rejuvenated CJ, Jared Cook, & a great pass blocking line they have the potential of putting up some huge numbers. QB is still a huge question. No offense is explosive, until they are. Just sit back, you may be surprised this season.

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