Functional Intelligence – The ability to quickly understand what’s going on in the game being played.
Ability to Learn – The ability to develop techniques needed to play quarterback. There is no set timetable for this to happen, although Walsh suggests that the talents should be acquired “within a reasonable period of time”.
Willingness to Improve – Willing to take in coaching and understand it.
Good Work Ethic – Spending time honing your craft through practice repetitions, which Walsh says is the most effective way to approach this.
Proper Throwing Motion – Mastering the mechanics of throwing, which include not dropping the ball below the waist and ensuring the ball is thrown above the shoulder.
Emotional Stability – The ability to handle stress.
Leadership Abilities – To lead by example.
Bill Walsh. The creator of the "West Coast Offense" and in a way the mentor of our own Andy Reid. The Kansas City Chiefs have traded for Joe Montana, Steve Bono, and Elvis Grbac; But, never actually ran the offense that they performed in. That changes now: 1999-2012 Philadelphia Eagles - Coached by Andy Reid. Link to West Coast Theory.
Another key element in Walsh's attack was the three step dropback instead of traditional seven step drops or shotgun formations. The three step drop helped the quarterback get the ball out faster resulting in far fewer sacks. "WCO" plays unfold quicker than in traditional offenses and are usually based on timing routes by the receivers. In this offense the receivers also have reads and change their routes based on the coverages presented to them. The quarterback makes three reads and if no opportunity is available after three reads, the QB will then check off to a back or tight end. Five step and even 7 step dropbacks are now implemented in modern day WCO's because defensive speed has increased since the 80's. Some modern WCO's have even used shotgun formations (e.g. Green Bay, Atlanta '04-'06, Philadelphia '04-present ).
Well, here comes a bit of a history lesson. Hey, stop throwing things at the blackboard! The next person that throws anything is going to be shipped to Buffalo! Anyway, when Bill Walsh and Paul Brown designed what would eventually be called the West Coast Offense by Bill Parcells, they had a big problem. The NFL was a running, \ grinding league at that time, back in 1968, and the Bengals, under Paul Brown, were really bad on the offensive line. Necessity being the mother of invention, Walsh and Brown built the fundimentals of the West Coast Offense to function as a substitute for the running game.
Awesome article from Fieldgulls (with Chiefs in it)
Pat McDermott has a dream: He wants to coach in the NFL. He is 26 years old, with bulky shoulders, a round face and an eagerness in his blue eyes that shines in the ravenously ambitious. He is in his first job, coaching running backs at the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pa. Like all coaches, he is drawn to football's impossible challenge, to somehow perfect a series of collisions on each snap into something as coordinated as a symphony. He was drawn to that challenge as a running back, first as a Pennsylvania prep standout and later at West Chester University. After graduating in 2009 with a business degree, he decided to make football his career.
In 2010 McDermott called Andy Reid, the then-Eagles coach now with the Chiefs whose sons he had played high school ball with, and Reid gave him an internship during the following summer's training camp. His tasks were menial -- organizing the coaches' dorm rooms and driving staffers around -- but offensive line coach Howard Mudd and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg recognized a precociousness in him that once lived in themselves. They invited McDermott to join their early-morning and late-night film sessions. McDermott watched them obsess over the game's never-ending details -- a quarterback's footwork, a guard's hand placement -- and realized that if he wanted to be an elite coach, he needed to learn to think like one.
Last spring he heard about a book written by Bill Walsh that supposedly had a cultlike following among coaches. McDermott searched online and found two books authored by Walsh. One, called The Score Takes Care of Itself, was $13. The other, Finding the Winning Edge, cost a minimum of $100, with special leather-bound, signed editions fetching $1,000. It had been published in 1997 and was no longer in print.
Awesome night to revisit the Head Coach Bill Walsh that created the San Francisco 49er's and the West Coast Offense that we are about to re-create in Kansas City. A sea change from Erhardt-Perkins East Coast to the West Coast offense of Andy Reid.