Ah yes, the NCAA and NFL football seasons are starting up. I'm only a basic football fan, so I naturally have these questions to ask. 1. Who was the first team to use "Shotgun"? - when you think about it, it's pretty dangerous to use. 2. Why do pure West Coast offensive minds reject the "Shotgun", but have seemed to embrace it recently (eg. Mike Holmgren)? - I can't exactly recall, but there was this show on ESPN talking about the explosion of the "West Coast" offense being used by a lot of teams. They made a mini note that it's only been recently that these "West Coast" offenses have only begun to embrace the shotgun formation recently. 3. Who was the first team to use the "Wishbone" - I may be wrong, but I'm thinking Texas or Oklahoma. 4. Why can't you run the option in the NFL? - This isn't a rules question, but why is the option not used as a viable offensive play in professional football? I'm pretty sure that Donovan McNAbb and Michael Vick are pretty fast guys. 5. What advantages do certain "old school" formations have over other "old school" formations? - For example, what's the difference (as in usage, not how the guys line up) between the power I and wishbone? 6. Who exactly invented the "West Coast" offense? - I'd say Bill Walsh and Lavell Edwards, but I could be wrong as well.