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(I originally posted this at the S-R Blog, but I thought it would be very appropriate here as well.)

Here is a google doc containing every team-season in our database since 1957, including the Head Coach and offensive & defensive coordinators. It also specifies those coaches’ preferred offensive or defensive schemes (depending on which side of the ball they specialize in), and attempts to figure out the general offensive family (i.e. Air Coryell, Erhardt-Perkins, etc) each team-season fell into.

THIS IS BY NO MEANS COMPLETE. In fact, it’s very much incomplete at this stage — and that’s where you come in. In the comments of this post, or in an email, we’d love to hear corrections and/or additions to the data, if you see an entry about which you know more than we do (and it’s a good bet you do). Thanks in advance for your help, and hopefully we can assemble a more complete listing of teams’ systems/schemes, which will let us do things like compute splits vs. a certain type of offense or defense, analyze whether 4-3 or 3-4 defenses were better in a given season, etc.

So let those corrections/additions pour in!

  • This is a truly awesome project.

  • Wow a lot of info. Well right off the bad I’d change Adam Gase (2012 Broncos OC) from Air Coryell to either Spread/Erhardt-Perkins or West Coast. This he spent two years under Josh McDaniels who runs the spread and John Fox who runs a version of the West Coast offense. It’s a tough call though since he could be totally different from the coaches he’s served under.

    That’s just my opinion on one item that I personally write about, I am interested in your collection methods and how long this project took, it’s impressive.

  • Michael Schuttke

    Where this becomes interesting is in the multiplicity of today’s schemes. For example, how does one classify the Ravens defense? According to personnel reports submitted to the league on lineups, they are a “3-4” team. However, watch Terrell Suggs line up with his hand down the majority of the time and Haloti Ngata moving frequently between a 0-tech, 1-tech and 5-tech position and I think it becomes clear that this team is more functionally a 4-man line. Likewise, Pete Carroll has been famously quoted for his “running a 4-3 scheme with 3-4 personnel” (one could argue that it’s vice versa as well there) and what Belichick is doing with Wilfork being the two-gap player in a front that can half of it play what is known more to be 4-3 principles (i.e. one-gap) and the other be 3-4 (i.e. two-gap) makes them difficult to classify. So that is my question here (without having looked at the Google doc yet so forgive me if this is explained in looking at it) Chase; how do we classify these sorts of teams in the modern era that are so multiple, both on offense (which I did not touch on at all but how ubiquitous terms like West Coast offense have become, etc. almost all seminal offenses) and defense?

  • Remoat

    I don’t know if the West Coast label is accurate for the 2010 and 2011 Oakland Raiders. The passing game under Hue Jackson tended to look more vertical, especially in 2011 when Al Saunders became the OC.