Raiders' offense takes shape

June, 10, 2011
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Oakland Raiders fans need to check out Seth Wickersham’s fascinating ESPN.com Insider piece on the plans new Oakland offensive coordinator Al Saunders has for quarterback Jason Campbell.

Saunders uses a layered, statistic-based plan called “SHAPE” to measure quarterback play. This is how Saunders breaks it down:
  • Site: Did the QB recognize the pre-snap defense?
  • Hot: Did he direct the "hot" receiver where to go?
  • Alert: Did he correctly alter the play at the line of scrimmage?
  • Progression: Did he correctly read the defense and locate his options?
  • Execution: How were the mechanics on his drop and throw? What was the result?

It’s a worthwhile read and it shows Saunders’ great grasp for quarterback play. This is one of the NFL’s long-tenured offensive gurus. If Saunders says we should pay attention to SHAPE, I’m game.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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