Scottemojo wrote:It's a new offense, he has a new coordinator and everything.
Do coordinators change the names of plays just for the sake of changing them, though? (Serious question; if the existing/prior play book has a given play identical to one you have a different name for, does the coordinator force the team to learn the new name?)
They are reportedly running Rob Chudzinski's offense, but changing the verbiage to shorten huddle time. Shula was the QB coach last year, so I expect Cam to get his way more than in the past.
FWIW, Shula never averaged more than 20 PPG in his three years in Tampa as the OC, and that offense declined every year he led it. Dungy was his coach at the time, so the reported conservative game planning might have been more Dungy than Shula.
So to answer your question, yeah in this case it seems the coordinator has changed the names of plays without changing the plays. I remember when Bevell was hired, it was constantly reported that the offense would not change, just the playcaller. Then the season came, and all the players besides Tarvaris and Rice had to learn a new offense. Since then, I tend to just think of a new OC as a new offense no matter what.
Lets call it what it is. They are simplifying the offensive calls because Cam had trouble with making playcalls. If what I saw when he was in Gruden's camp is accurate, and if the reports that in his first year they Rob had to simplify his offense for Cam because of that same thing, I would say it is likely Cam needs a simpler set of play calls. Going up tempo is probably ancillary to simplifying the playcalls.