Let’s do it, baby! Let’s wrap up our Coaching Systems Analysis for the 2019 NFL season!

If you missed any of the previous divisions, check out the links below:

AFC East (includes glossary of coaching terminology)

AFC North

AFC South

AFC West

NFC East

NFC North

NFC South

Time to finish it off on the left coast…

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury 1st year
Passing Game Coordinator Tom Clements 1st year
Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph 1st year
Offensive System Air Raid Offense  
Blocking Scheme Flex  
Kliff Kingsbury -- HC         Tom Clements  -- Pass Coordinator      
Category 2016 2017 2018   Category 2016 (GB) 2017 20198
Points TX TECH HC TX TECH HC TX TECH HC   Points Asst. HC N/A N/A
Pace TX TECH HC TX TECH HC TX TECH HC   Pace Asst. HC N/A N/A
Pass Attempts TX TECH HC TX TECH HC TX TECH HC   Pass Attempts Asst. HC N/A N/A
Passing Yards TX TECH HC TX TECH HC TX TECH HC   Passing Yards Asst. HC N/A N/A
Rushing Attempts TX TECH HC TX TECH HC TX TECH HC   Rushing Attempts Asst. HC N/A N/A
Rushing Yards TX TECH HC TX TECH HC TX TECH HC   Rushing Yards Asst. HC N/A N/A

Offensive Breakdown: There is a lot of unknown here with the Cardinals so evaluating what will work and who will work is going to be tough. Kliff Kingsbury comes from the college ranks, he wasn’t all that successful but people seem to dig him because he is credited with the development of Patrick Mahomes . Right or wrong, yes, he did coach him. He is implementing his version of the Air-Raid system and before you go bonkers trying to figure out what that exactly means, allow me to repeat the description posted in the first article of the series.

The system is notable for its heavy focus on passing and, if implemented in full, could result in 65-75% passing plays throughout the season. This is an up-tempo, no-huddle scheme where the quarterback has the freedom to audible to any play based on what the defense is showing at the line of scrimmage. One interesting aspect you will see here as well is that the offensive linemen are not bunched together like you see in a conventional offense. They are split about a half-yard apart which is supposed to cause defensive linemen to run further to get to the quarterback and allow for short, quick passing to neutralize blitzes. It is also used to open up wider passing lanes which should prevent passes from being knocked down or intercepted at the line of scrimmage.

The system has actually been run in the NFL, but never really as a base; more of an add-on. So we know what we are likely to see. The question is will it work? Can Kyler Murray be successful? Will this team score points? What does this do for David Johnson ’s value? The answers are: we don’t know, we definitely don’t know, we’re not exactly sure and probably not much. Not what you want to hear, but it’s really all anyone has. Some are very bullish while others are not. We sit in the middle with a lean towards the not.

Players Who Best Fit the System: Kyler Murray , Andy Isabella , Christian Kirk

Defensive Scheme: 3-4 with man-coverage

Defensive Breakdown: Coming off an unsuccessful stint as a head coach in Denver, Vance Joseph returns to the defensive side of the game and has some rally nice talent to work with. He’ll use the 3-4 base nd likely unleash Terrell Suggs and Chandler Jones on the edge. Joseph likes an aggressive secondary, so press-man coverage from the corners should be expected while he mixes in some zone coverage in the middle of the field. Once Joseph gets Patrick Peterson back from his six-game PEDs suspension, things are going to look even stronger.

Players Who Best Fit the System: Terrell Suggs , Chandler Jones , Patrick Peterson , Robert Alford

Los Angeles Rams

Head Coach Sean McVay 3rd year
Run Game Coordinator Aaron Kromer 2nd year
Passing Game Coordinator Shane Waldron 2nd year
Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips 3rd year
Offensive System West Coast Offense  
Blocking Scheme Power  
Sean McVay -- HC/OC      
Category 2016 (WAS OC) 2017 2018
Points 12 1 2
Pace 17 14 3
Pass Attempts 7 24 14
Passing Yards 2 10 5
Rushing Attempts 27 9 8
Rushing Yards 21 8 3

Offensive Breakdown: Sean McVay has really established himself, first as a top offensive coordinator, but now also as a head coach. This season he continues to do both. Yes, he has a running and a passing game coordinator like last season, but this is still very much his offense. He favors the 11-Personnel formation because of the way it spreads out the defense and improves the running lanes in a power-blocking scheme. We’ll see plenty of what we’ve gotten use to over the years – a heavy lean on the running back both on the ground and through the air, short, quick routes to move the ball downfield and have all of that set up play-action for the bigger shots downfield. McVay has the weaponry to continuously pull this off and this should continue to be one of the more prolific offenses for fantasy owners.

Players Who Best Fit the System: Jared Goff , Todd Gurley , Brandin Cooks , Robert Woods , Cooper Kupp

Defensive Scheme: 3-4 with man-coverage

Defensive Breakdown: Wade Phillips returns for a third season and, let’s face it, he’s one of the absolute best in the business. He uses one-gap assignments for his linemen which then allows his linebackers to come in, fill the other gaps and either rush the passer or stay in short coverage. The loss of Ndamukong Suh is going to hurt with regard to double-teams on Aaron Donald and stuffing the run, but the team seems confident in Tanzel Smart to help get the job done. They’ll unleash Dante Fowler regularly and with the man-coverage on the outside, we should see a fair amount of blitzing. Just know that the safety has to come over the top to help Marcus Peters against some of the top wideouts as he struggles at times, as we saw last year when Aqib Talib was hurt and they needed to float coverage towards his side as well.

Players Who Best Fit the System: Aaron Donald , Dante Fowler , Aqib Talib

San Francisco 49ers

Head Coach Kyle Shanahan 3rd year
Offensive Coordinator none  
Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh 3rd year
Offensive System West Coast Offense  
Blocking Scheme Zone  
Kyle Shanahan -- HC/OC      
Category 2016 (ATL) 2017 2018
Points 1 20 21
Pace 23 1 16
Pass Attempts 26 2 20
Passing Yards 3 9 15
Rushing Attempts 12 22 11
Rushing Yards 5 21 13

Offensive Breakdown: Kyle Shanahan’s version of the West Coast offense has been incredibly successful….so long as his personnel stays healthy. He lost Jerick McKinnon for the year before the season opened and Jimmy Garoppolo just a few short weeks into the season. Picking up the pieces was tough at times. But when it’s firing on all cylinders, the sky’s the limit.

Shanahan’s zone-block scheme is fantastic for running backs and his heavy usage of them in the passing game as well makes it great for fantasy too. While it’s a shame they invested so much in McKinnon, they still brought in Tevin Coleman who thrived as a complementary back in Atlanta and should end up taking the lead here. Through the air, it’s short, quick passes to move the ball downfield which, along with a strong rushing attack, will open up more for play-action downfield. Shanahan will also incorporate more RPO this season with Jimmy Grapes back at full health. The strong run, the quick passes and the RPO should help keep defenses guessing and give the Niners time to adjust and exploit on the fly.

Players Who Best Fit the System: Jimmy Garoppolo , Tevin Coleman , Dante Pettis

Defensive Scheme: 4-3 with Cover-3 base

Defensive Breakdown: We’re still looking at Robert Saleh’s 4-3 base and hoping it can generate some sort of a pass-rush. They’ve had some serious misses in developing defensive linemen, but hopefully with Nick Bosa and Dee Ford on the outside, they can prove to be capable pass rushers while Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner stay in the middle and try to apply head-on pressure and stuff the run. Kwon Alexander in the middle, if he’s healthy, should give them some nice leadership.

In the secondary, it’s all going to come down to the health of Richard Sherman and Jason Verrett . Both are more than capable in this zone coverage and could also be used in some man-to-man situations, but given the question marks that surround their safeties, staying in zone should make them better off.

Players Who Best Fit the System: Nick Bosa , Dee Ford , Richard Sherman , Jason Verrett

Seattle Seahawks

Head Coach Pete Carroll 10th year
Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer 2nd year
Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton, Jr.  2nd year
Offensive System Air Coryell  
Blocking Scheme Zone  
Pete Carroll -- HC         Brian Schottenheimer -- OC      
Category 2016 2017 2018   Category 2016 (IND) 2017 (IND) 2018
Points 18 11 6   Points QB COACH QBCOACH 6
Pace 14 9 26   Pace QB COACH QBCOACH 26
Pass Attempts 18 16 32   Pass Attempts QB COACH QBCOACH 32
Passing Yards 10 14 27   Passing Yards QB COACH QBCOACH 27
Rushing Attempts 20 20 2   Rushing Attempts QB COACH QBCOACH 2
Rushing Yards 25 23 1   Rushing Yards QB COACH QBCOACH 1

Offensive Breakdown: About three games into the season last year, a light bulb went on over Pete Carrol’s head and he remembered how successful this offense was when it was all about the run. So what did they do? They switched things up, stopped trying to make Russell Wilson throw for 5,000 yards and became the most prolific run offense in the league, much to the liking of all Chris Carson owners. Will they continue that trend this year?? Absolutely.

In traditional Air Coryell fashion, the Seahawks will use a heavy power-running attack mixed in with plenty of RPO in order to keep defenses honest. Wilson may not be able to take off running like he used to, but he is still quite effective and is always dangerous throwing on the run. OC Brian Schottenheimer employed a bigger vertical passing attack which pulled them off such a heavy reliance on the now-retired Doug Baldwin . They brought in bigger wideouts like D.K. Metcalf and Gary Jennings who should be able to lure coverage and free up Tyler Lockett into more one-on-one coverage and bigger pass-plays downfield.

Players Who Best Fit the System: Russell Wilson , Chris Carson , Rashaad Penny , Tyler Lockett , D.K. Metcalf

Defensive Scheme: 4-3 with a Cover-3

Defensive Breakdown: This is basically the same system Carroll implemented when he arrived in Seattle a decade ago and DC Ken Norton Jr. simply manages the personnel. They stick with four lineman up front with the linebackers filling the gaps against the run. Ziggy Ansah should help increase the pass-rush and Bobby Wagner remains the field general up the middle. The secondary remains the same as always and the corners do a great job in their zones. Obviously it helps that the safeties tend to stay back rather than pinch to stop the run as that helps prevent the big plays.

Players Who Best Fit the System: Ziggy Ansah, Bobby Wagner , Shaquill Griffin