Because we have three receiving options that have enough speed to climb on Safeties in hurry, coupled with a running game that can be devastating without Safety help in the box, I think we have the ability to use the vertical passing game to hit for big plays almost at will.
Check out what I'm talking about.
Pre-Snap Base Package
WR X X O X X WR
This look (with Keller in the slot) forces the opposing LB and S to make a quick decision regarding who will cover Keller. We can use a little bit of motion to reveal whether the defense is in zone or man coverage.
If we can catch them in man-coverage with an LB on Keller, we can either murder it with play-action passing (running the WR on a post pattern to occupy the Safety), or we can just straight run the ball at the out of position LB who's pre-occupied with playing the pass first.
The next option (and my favorite idea, if we catch them in a zone) would be a pre-snap shift, bringing Keller up to the line, and then motioning the receiver over to the weak side.
WR X X O X X TE
Not only will this formation get a LB matched up on one of our speedy WRs (uh oh), but it also gets the Safety's full attention because he knows that he can't guard both if they both run deep patterns, and he has no help because you can't leave Keller one-on-one on the other side.
If the defense's first step is backwards, which it likely will because of the threat, you can chalk Shonn Greene up for a 7 yard gain on run plays. After enough of those, sooner or later their first step will be forward on the run action, whereby one of our receivers is being left covered one-on-one on a deep route. You can knock Sanchez in a lot of ways, but one thing you can't knock is his deep ball. Its a thing of beauty. Thats right.. Touchdown.
And of course we hit a couple short catch and runs when we get a LB matched up on a WR just for fun. If there's pressure, dump it off to the back who has acres of space to work with because everyone is pre-occupied.
Look for us to score some points this year. You gotta figure more points scored by our Offense coupled with less points allowed by our much-improved Defense, and you'd have no choice but to conclude a very successful season for us. Maybe even ultimately successful.
Yup. I'm pretty excited about our offense this year. We're going to be fun to watch.