Yep, just 9 route tree's based on depth, down and distance. WCO generally have more then that though, when you add in wiggles and other route variations. Then on top of that you have delay routes, option routes and so fourth that expand the tree way past the old school traditional 9.
Most of these variations actually come from the WCO offense that the 49ers used. It was designed for passes to go to a pre determined spot on the field and the routes were set up to get that one guy open.
When talking about the modern WCO compared to the Air Coryell the differences are staggering. I've actually posted a entire thing about it on here years ago. I know how everything is related, I've done the research on it before and knew a bunch about it before that.
The 49ers WCO, the one everyone thinks about now when talking about WCO is a horizontal passing attack meant to spread the defense out from sideline to sideline to open up running routes and to make the QB's job easier.
The Air Coryell offense is a deep, down the field attacking offense that relies on deep strikes, play action passing and power running.
Ground Chuck was based off of his team's strengths and was changed pretty much every year he was a coach, he just liked to run the ball and run it a lot. He mixed with some WCO, mixed it some traditional Air Coryell offense and even some E-perkins offense. Just depended on where he was at at the time and his players skill set.
As for the play calling, it was a mix of SD playbook and Auburns playbook. That was the Panther's offense, seriously it was that simple to determine where the plays came from. Most of the Auburn plays were designed runs or option plays, most of the passing cam from the SD playbook. Most of Cam's rookie season and the last 5 games of last season (when he took off passing wise) was mostly broken down into just the SD playbook with a few of the Auburn Run option and run plays mixed in.
It's a Shotgun, play action down the field passing attack which is what the Panther's offense looked like.
Further more, the differences in pass attempts is so far between the run option teams. It's obvious when looking at stats that Carolina was more of a Passing team while SF, Seattle and Washington were run first teams. 100 more attempts is a pretty wide margin.
Well lets play your game.
Panthers had 462 rushing attempts. -
Giants had 409 rushing attempts - 53 play difference
49ers had 492 rushing attempts - 30 play difference
Seattle had 536 rushing attempts - 74 play difference
Redskins had 519 rushing attempts - 57 play difference
So in reality we are really no comparison to any team.
We had 462 rushing plays to 490 passing plays a balance offense. 28 play difference run to pass.
Giants 409 run plays to 539 passing plays. 130 play difference run to pass
49ers 492 run plays to 436 passing plays. 56 play difference run to pass.
Seattle 536 run plays to 405 pass plays. 131 play difference run to pass.
Redskins 519 run plays to 442 pass plays. 77 plays difference run to pass.
Now looking at these differences in the run to pass ratio can you really say the Giants had the closest comparison of our offense?