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Jan. 26 2003 11:11 AM

Super Bowl Special

On Roman numerals, Roman endings, Roman Catholics, and Romanowski.

Pirates of Mission Bay: Bucs fans or citizens of Raider Nation, many Fraysters don't buy Romesh Ratnesar's takedown of the West Coast Offense. Two key points.

1. W.C.O. is about control from the box:

Ratnesar: In the WCO, a quarterback's imagination and creativity are subordinate to timing, accuracy, and strict adherence to "the system"; the actual strategizing is done by groups of coaches watching the action from stadium skyboxes.

Gaucherre-2 here: Sorry, mister, but the Raiders often play no-huddle style, and Gannon frequently (like 50% of the time or more) changes the play when he sees how the defense is lined up against them.

2. Disrupt the timing, and the W.C.O. goes down.

Ratnesar: The Bucs are loaded with the kinds of big, fast defenders who can disrupt Gannon's rhythm, hound his receivers, and prevent them from turning short passes into big gains.

Johngcecil here: it is almost impossible to "disrupt the timing" of the west coast offense AS LONG AS THE RECEIVERS GET OFF THE LINE QUICKLY, because the quarterback takes such a short drop and the pass is off in about half the time of a traditional 7-step drop passing set. this ability to get off the line is the specialty of jerry rice and tim brown - that, and running really precise patterns. you don't think that every team who played the 49ers in their prime didn't try to "disrupt the timing" of the west coast offense?

(Undiscussed is the recent conventional wisdom 180 on Raiders Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman, whose flavor of W.C.O. was long blamed for Jake Plummer's arrested development. Call: Fraywatch doesn't like the Raiders, but we respect them, even giving the points. Update: Dwayne was right (see below); bring back the old Trestman c.w.)

Finally, TonyAdragna and macbob intelligently battle over Al Davis's legacy beginning here  ...

Dwayne took the Bucs, but that was with the old helmets: Jackson Lears and Eric Banks describe an America locked in a perpetual struggle between the aleatory and W. Edwards Deming. Flyn still remembers Sister Mary Petronella's warning: playing marbles "for keeps" is a mortal sin.

Silly as it may sound in this century, there is no doubt in my mind that a nation that makes bucks off the weakness of the citizens deserves the Roman ending it will see.

And speaking of Roman endings, Joe_JP remembers Caesar's remark upon crossing the Rubicon: "alea iacta est." But Joe also answers Flyn's Sister here:

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