Ryan Oda is a young rising star in Hawaii’s High School football coaching scene. Ryan, born and raised in Hawaii, is a student of Bill Walsh’s West Coast offense. In order for Ryan to expand his football knowledge, he was fortunate to be the understudy of Elroy Chong, Hawaii’s West Coast Offense guru.
In addition to serving as Ryan’s spiritual and personal mentor, coach Elroy was able (and still currently) teaching Ryan’s the intricacies of the West Coast Offense which coach Elroy learned directly from “the genius” himself, the late Bill Walsh. As a former University of Hawaii quarterback, coach Elroy was able to blend his personal playing (and high school coaching) experiences to aide Ryan in his coaching career.
Through coach Elroy, Ryan was able to meet coach Bill Cunerty (coach “Q”) of My Football Mentor.
Despite being separated by the Pacific Ocean, coach “Q” has been able to guide Ryan through his coaching and life experiences.
Bill Walsh’s West Coast Offense differs from traditional offense by emphasizing a short, horizontal passing attack to help stretch out the defense, thus opening up options for longer running plays and longer passes that can achieve greater gains. The West Coast Offense as implemented under Walsh features precisely run pass patterns by the receivers that make up about 65% to 80% of the offensive scheme.
Ryan is such a good student of the game, he’s written a book on the West Coast Offense. Here is a small excerpt from Ryan’s book:
Precision routes are essential in a timed offense. Regardless of the coverage, pre and post snap, a receiver will know how to adjust his route accordingly. From the receiver’s release, to the stem, to the cut, every yard and every second is accounted for. In other words, the quarterback (the “trigger man” of the offense) must also be in unison with his receivers for the West Coast offense to work properly.
The West Coast Offense relies heavily on pure progressions. That is, the quarterback is not reading the defense, but focusing on his receivers.
For example, at the top of the quarterback’s drop, the quarterback will shoot his eyes to his primary receiver. If the receiver is not open, the quarterback will reset his feet and look for the secondary receiver. Likewise, if the secondary receiver is not open, the quarterback will try to move in or out of the pocket to scramble or to find the outlet receiver.
By using pure progressions, the quarterback is anticipating and throwing the ball to where the receiver should be. Rather than letting the quarterback hold onto the ball until a receiver gets open, the quarterback now throws to the first receiver open in the progression.