Ron Erhardt and Ray Perkins envisioned an offense based around an attitude known as "smash-mouth football" when they were assistant coaches for the Patriots in the 1970's. But does anyone think of Weis' system or the New England Patriots as "smash-mouth"? Although the philosophy has changed a bit, the concept of "ball control" is still the fundamental backbone of the Erhardt-Perkins scheme.
So how will this manifest itself on the field for the 2010 Chiefs?
The 2010 version of the Erhardt-Perkins scheme is a mix between many different philosophies, from "Air Coryell" to "West Coast" and "The Spread". And if you look down the roster you will see the offense is set up specifically for a balanced and versatile attack.
Weis is the new mastermind of KC's offense.
The average weight for an NFL offensive lineman is between 300-320 depending on the style of offense and position on the line. The Chiefs went out and signed some lineman on the lighter side during free agency.
In Guard Ryan Lilja (290lbs) and Center Casey Weigman (285lbs) they add speed and quickness, to couple with some of their brutes in Offensive Tackle Ryan O'Callaghan (330lbs) and Guard Brian Waters (320lbs). Left Tackle Branden Albert is the epitome of versatile at his new slim weight of 316lbs, which will give Weis a plethora of options.
The Chiefs added veteran Running Back Thomas Jones to the mix this offseason to give them that "smash-mouth" style running game to add to the finesse and speed of Jamal Charles.
Thomas Jones offer a power running option for Weis.
The addition of WR/RB Dexter McCluster and TE Tony Moeaki round out the offensive threats, allowing the Chiefs to attack any defense in a variety of different ways depending on what is presented.
The reading of the defense will be the duty of Wiegmann and Quarterback Matt Cassel. Weis' system is set up for versatility to expose the weaknesses of a defense while changing the foundation of offense on the fly.
So will the Chiefs be known as a passing or rushing team?
It will depend on what the defense allows. Some days the offense will put up big numbers on the ground, and on others you may see Cassel passing for over 300 yards. Ultimately, the name of the game is possessions and first downs.
As the season progresses, if the time of possession clock is heavily in the Chiefs favor, it will be a good indication that Weis' scheme is working to perfection.