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Whaley on what makes Roman’s ‘O’ effective

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2015 – 2:30 pm

He hasn’t watched a full season of 49er games, but he’s seen enough to be impressed with what Bills new offensive coordinator Greg Roman does to make his offensive unit productive.

In an interview on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, GM Doug Whaley outlined some of the principles of Roman’s offense.

“A heavy emphasis on the run game, but he does it in so many different ways that you can’t get a bead on him,” Whaley said. “He’ll use three backs, he’ll use the pistol, he’ll off set his backs. He’s a multiple type attack running offense. That will give defenses fits. There are certain times if the back is off set to the right, 99 percent of the time he can only go to the left so he does some diversionary things with alignments and formations that makes it really intriguing and hard to get a bead on what he’s trying to accomplish.”

All those formations and pre-snap shifts and alignment changes might make it sound like a difficult offense to absorb and execute, but that’s not how Whaley sees it.

“You would think that, but a lot of it is just concept based,” Whaley said. “I haven’t gotten into the nitty gritty of his playbook, but I know this much, he’s not one of those guys who wants to be a mad scientist and make things so difficult that you have paralysis by analysis. It looks like to me when you watch the 49ers they don’t make a lot of mistakes and they play hard and fast and that’s a telling sign of guys being comfortable with what they’re being asked to do.”

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