Before we traded for Marshall everyone was complaining for a #1 receiver (including me) but now all of sudden when we trade him most people act as if we didn't need him anyway because we are running the of the WCO. Well an offense alone doesn't hide the deficiencies in a receiving core (In college yes, in the NFL no) At the end of the day no matter what offense you run you need playmakers. And since Green Bay's offense is commonly used when making comparisons I will use their offense as the blueprint. Because people seem to forget that Green bay has some talented weapons.
2011 stats: 67 receptions, 949 yards, 14.2 avg, 9 TDs (13 games)
Even though the Packers have many talented receivers to spread the ball around to, if you had to point out a #1 target it would have to be Greg Jennings. He is a game changing wide receiver and has been one of the best deep threats in the league for some time now. His game is based off of his quickness and precise route running BUT he also has the speed to stretch a defense. There is currently no player comparable on the Dolphins roster.
2011 stats: 68 receptions, 1,263 yards, 18.6 avg, 15 TDS (16 games)
Nelson played like a monster last season and you can even argue that he was the Packers #1 receiver last year. Whether it was Jennings or Driver missing time with injury, Nelson has shown he can step up and be a primary receiving weapon. In 2011 Nelson had 7 plays over 40+ yards, so he definitely has the speed to go all the way.When referring to Nelson many people are quick to associate him with Brian Hartline when that is far from the case. Nelson is 6'3" 217 with really good game speed. So basically he's bigger, faster and more physical than Hartline. Not to mention earlier in his career he returned punts, so he also has pretty good quickness. No comparison.
This play shows how physically dominant Nelson can be. And for those who make the Hartline comparison, Hartline is not that strong or that physical. Does Nelson play with a great QB? YES but plays like these show you how talented he is rather than how good his QB is.
Oh and he has a little bit of speed too, but anyway this is YAC at its best
2011 stats: 38 receptions, 635 yards, 16.7 avg, 7 TD (16 games)
Probably the best #3/#4 receiver in football today. Obviously hes not always going to get targets thrown his way, but when a team leaves him single covered he can have a "5 catch, 140 yard" type of day. Hes talented enough to draw attention for starting positions on other teams but he chose to stay in Green Bay.
2011 stats: 37 receptions, 445 yards, 12.0 avg, 6 TDs (16 games)
This has been one of Driver's worst seasons production wise, but even in his late 30's Driver has been one of the most consistent playmakers in this offense the past few seasons. Obviously he's not going to play forever, and it clear his role/ production has been on the decline this year. With Jennings and Nelson, Green Bay doesn't need him to do as much anymore. And when his time in Green Bay is up he has young talent behind him that is ready to step in.
2011 stats: 25 receptions, 375 yards, 15.0 avg, 1 TD
Since the Packers are stable at receiver they have the luxury of drafting a player like Cobb and letting him progress. Cobb makes his immediate impact with his versatility. He has scored a TD on both a kick and punt return (not to mention he averaged 27.7 yards on kick returns). And with 4.4 speed hes just another deep threat option at Aaron Rodgers disposal. He flashed game changing ability last year and he has a bright future.
2011 stats: 55 receptions, 767 yards, 13.9 avg, 8 TDs
If the receivers weren't good enough, now you throw Finely into the mix. I don't think I have to go into too much detail on how we don't have a tight end of this caliber. Guys like Vernon Davis, Jimmy graham, and Rob Gronkowski are among the elite tight ends in the league, and Finely falls right into that category.
Yards After Catch
Another thing about the WCO is YAC. And I know everyone is going to be like "Hartline and Bess are great at getting YAC" No they actually aren't.. they're OK but nothing that's going to drastically change in a new ofense. I think some people tend to exaggerate their overall abilities for reasons I don't know. When was the last time you've seen Hartline or Bess catch a pass and take it to the house? Or better yet catch a pass and go longer than 10 yards? As much I love Bess I know for a fact he doesn't get far in open grass, that's evident on offense and punt returns. He has nice quickness which is why he is good underneath but he's not going to stretch a defense. Same thing goes for Hartline except Hartline is not as quick as Bess. Hartline is faster than Bess but then again that's not saying much because at the end of the day they both get caught from behind. That doesn't mean they are not good players but I am not going to pretend they are better than they really are.
The Packers are able to spread the ball so efficiently because the team is filled with a variety of talented receivers. When you look at other successful west coast offenses in the league such as the Eagles, they also feature a few talented receivers. Like I said before an offense can't hide deficiencies at receiver. Just look at the Cleveland Browns they also run the West coast offense, but they had one of the worst offenses in the league last year because they lacked big time receivers.