Holmgren's scheme will be challenged by 3-4 look

While many of his former assistants run variations of the West Coast offense, Mike Holmgren uses a form most similar to Bill Walsh's.

Updated: February 1, 2006, 3:46 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren was on the phone last Thursday with his mentor, former 49ers coach Bill Walsh. Even though Holmgren has been running a pure form of the West Coast offense for almost two decades, it's wise for the pupil to stay in touch with the teacher heading into a Super Bowl.

Walsh created the West Coast offense and made it an institution during his San Francisco days. During the 1980s, Walsh's system changed the sport from a running league to a sophisticated passing ...

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