Ramsdell's bio closely aligns with the Air Coryell offense. Shula has been associated with a more conservative ball control offense.
Our offense last year was clearly lacking the explosiveness that it had during Chuds first year with basically the same roster.
Could this mean Shula may be on a short leash ? The position was quietly created and only discovered because of two of our own doing their own research.
My hopes is that it indicates Shula has been given different marching orders as to the offense we will be running in the future. If he stumbles we already have the guy on staff that can make it happen.
Shula is Coryell, too. The offense didn't change. Coryell doesn't always mean running 4 verticals on second down in your own territory.
Not unlike Steve Wilks' hiring, Rivera targeted an area that needed an upgrade. In both cases, yes, it provides a contingency for failure.
The thing about this, though, is that people read too deeply into this. That contingency is not plan A. Rivera wants this offense to succeed and he, Shula, Ramsdell, and the rest will work to that goal. That's their only job. Anything else comes after significant failure, and they don't want that.
I don't want to give out the impression that because Ramsdell's here, there'll suddenly be a ton of deep balls chucked up. Rivera wants to control the ball (which, BTW, is not an offense, it's a concept - and even with that, it's up to whether you have 2011 chuck-it-up Cam running it or the later 2012-2013 conservative, take what you get Cam running it).