An offense is more dangerous when it is more versatile. The more personnel groupings, offensive sets, or more plays you make a defense prepare for, the harder their job becomes. The Bears unveiled a new offensive wrinkle Friday afternoon at training camp that had been sorely missing for quite some time. This style of play took the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls. The new wrinkle by the Bears is known as the "no huddle" offense.
Im not suggesting the Bears are going to be the Buffalo Bills, utilizing this style of play during all 16 games this season. Instead, it is important to know this is a tremendous weapon which can create difficulties for a defense when necessary.
Why is it great?
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have been jumping in and out of no huddle offense for years because it changes the tempo of a game and it creates better matchups. Here are a few examples of when Jay Cutler could utilize the "no huddle" offense during the season:
1. The Bears have 3 wide receivers on the field and just finished a pass play on the first down for seven yards. Cutler notices one of the cornerbacks got rolled up and is limping badly. Cutler immediately screams, attack, notifying all players on offense the Bears are going into no huddle offense. Cutler now goes to work calling plays to expose the injured player. The injured cornerback fights through it during a couple of plays, but the defense has to waste a timeout to regroup and replace him. The opponents fourth best cornerback now has to enter the game. The Bears then have the advantage because they made their opponent waste a timeout. Now, if Chicago elects to stay in no huddle," it may force their opponent to go into base defense without their top group.
2. The Bears transition to regular personnel on first and 10, which comes out to two wide receivers, one tight end and two running backs. But they elect to go with pony backfield. This term refers to when you substitute out the fullback with a halfback. So in this example, Matt Forte and Michael Bush are in the game. If the Bears call regular personnel, the defense is going to call regular personnel to match up. In our example, they would want three linebackers (4-3 defense so SLB, MLB, WLB) in the game to match up effectively. The Bears motion Matt Forte out of the backfield into the strong side slot position. The defense adjusts by walking the strong side linebacker out on Forte.
Ladies and gentleman, we have our matchups. Cutler announces attack again and changes the play to a 40 draw run play to Michael Bush, because the defense has just taken another defender out of the run box. It is now six on six in the run box without the strong side linebacker who is better suited to stop the run. Jay may elect to stay in no huddle, calling pass plays with Matt Forte who would destroy any SLB in the league now.
There are many more examples, but the no huddle offense is a nice weapon to have in your arsenal. Defenses normally panic and play base defense until they settle down, figuring out how to attack it. An offense can steal a series or two in a game if they jump in and out of no huddle.