I know, I know. Bob Bratkowski is the root of all evil. Every time any coaching conversation comes up there are a few people who feel the need to immediately point a finger at Brat and not elaborate at all. I also dislike his game planning and play calling, but how about we talk a little more about the scheme we would like to see? And no, I don't mean "run first." That's too easy. Let's put on our coach hats for a minute and actually discuss what offense we would like to see run like the knowledgeable fans we are.
The first notable offensive scheme that comes to mind is the West Coast Offense. Unfortunately, this wouldn't work for us at all. The West Coast Offense is nearly all about passing, which isn't the type of plan that flies in the AFC North (unless you want to go pass first and throw teams like the Steelers and Ravens off their games? Talk about it if you do.) Another huge problem is that Carson isn't a WCO Quarterback at all and we'd almost surely need to draft someone new.
So let's assume we go run first (which is more than likely.) Which way would we go with that. Do we want to go with the Three-Yards-And-A-Cloud-Of-Dust type style or do we want the old Vince Lombardi "Run To Daylight" style with Bernard Scott as the feature back? Do we want to go with the classic, generic pro set (note to MB if we do: GET A FULLBACK.)
Or maybe a Coryell-style offense (like the '05 Bengals used) is the best: it's basically a mix of power running and deep, vertical passing. It revolves a lot around passing but it's very different from the West Coast Offense because more deep passes are thrown and it's not based so much on precise, short throws.
The one thing I think we can all agree on is that we shouldn't be doing crazy shit like the Spread Option or Pistol (or do you disagree? Talk to me.)
Saying that you want a mix of all these
makes you sound like an uneducated retard isn't the answer I'm looking for. I'm asking what base offense you want and I hope that you actually have a reason. Let's get past the days of "BRAT SUCKS!!!!111!!!!!!!!!!!1!!" and start talking about the change we want to see.