Bill Walsh’s West Coast Offense is very popular now, but despite the geographic name, it was actually executed first in Cincinnati by Ken Anderson
Ken Anderson was a lifetime Bengal who set passing records for the franchise. He was incredibly accurate and mastered the short yardage pass. On four occasions he led the league in Quarterback Rating and in 1982 he set a season record (which he still holds) with a 70.6 highest completion percentage. He did make it to the Super Bowl and though his Bengals lost he was still brilliant in defeat.
Anderson had the misfortune of playing at a time of flashy quarterbacks and despite his skills, he did not receive his due. As he has only been a finalist twice this remains to be the case. Considering that Anderson did not have the weapons that the bigger name QBs of his era had, his stats are actually more impressive than at first glance.
Should Ken Anderson be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 85.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4%