Unless you are a football junkie, you probably don’t know or don’t care that the Kansas City Chiefs hired Chris Ault, the man who invented the Pistol offense and coached Colin Kaepernick at Nevada, to a consulting gig.
But it might interest you that the Ravens reportedly expressed interest in adding Ault to their coaching staff.
According to Dan Hinxman of The Reno Gazette-Journal, Ault’s agent, Bob LaMonte, said that Ault received interest from a handful of NFL teams, including the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens.
It is unclear what the Ravens had in mind, but according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Ault will consult the Chiefs on offense and defense, helping implement and also defend the Pistol.
I wrote at length about the Pistol offense as the Ravens prepared to play Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. In the Pistol, the quarterback lines up 4 yards behind the center with a running back lined up right behind him. There are often read-option elements in the offense, so after catching the snap, the quarterback can hand the ball off, run it himself or throw.
The 49ers, the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks all made the playoffs last season after adding a Pistol package to take advantage of the skill sets of their young, mobile quarterbacks.
I doubt the Ravens envisioned Joe Flacco faking a handoff and sprinting 50 yards down the field, but perhaps they were trying to find a way to use Tyrod Taylor’s athleticism to their advantage.
Or maybe they were less concerned with the read-option aspect and were simply looking to run the ball better with running back Ray Rice when Flacco is in the shotgun and not under center.
Or perhaps John Harbaugh and Co. just want to be prepared defensively in case they run into the Pistol or read-option offenses in the future. The Ravens aren’t scheduled to play the 49ers, the Redskins or the Seahawks this season, but the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets and the Vikings have recently drafted young, mobile QBs and could sprinkle in read-option plays.
I’ll try to find out for you.
Still, the Ravens have shown by adding Steve Spagnuolo and Juan Castillo that they don’t think they can have too many coaches in the kitchen, so to speak. The more smart football people, the better.
But reading that they were interested in Ault raised my eyebrows.
Maybe that was just me.