Zone Blocking Scheme = playoffs

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Zone Blocking Scheme = playoffs

Postby tribeofjudah » Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:36 pm

AKA the Zone Running Scheme: this is a good article about HOW this scheme will take us back to the Playoffs (playoffs? playoff?....ala Jim Mora)

We shall see.........

If Mike Shanahan emphasizes his famous zone-running game as the focal point of his offense this season, the Redskins can be a playoff team.

This is a theory expounded on by this author before, but the preseason performances of Alfred Morris and Roy Helu have added weight to that original view. Even the Redskins' regular-season schedule, along with growing defensive trends in the NFL, point to the zone-running game as the team's best route to success in 2012.

Despite his noted history working with stellar quarterbacks, the zone-rushing scheme is the most famous staple of the Shanahan system. It has been successfully adopted around the league and continues to dominate defenses.

The Seattle Seahawks run a version of it that has helped reignite the career of Marshawn Lynch, producing a 1,200-yard season from the bulldozing runner. Long-time Shanahan assistant Gary Kubiak took the scheme with him to the Houston Texans where it has helped produce several exciting runners.

In truth, it has had mixed results in D.C. where injuries and poor offensive line play have hampered Shanahan's efforts to re-create the kind of ground game he had with the Denver Broncos. Kubiak and the Texans are currently the most successful proponents of the system, having used it to make a star out of Arian Foster.



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Postby DarthMonk » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:57 am

From a different thread:

DarthMonk wrote:From When Pride Stll Mattered:

The pros, for their part, were more surprised than pleased in their initial impressions of Lombardi. They considered him a college chump. –snip- For offensive linemen, Lombardi taught rule blocking, another technique used at West Point. Instead of blocking a specific defensive player, each lineman blocked a zone, and if there was no one in that zone he fanned back to another area, following specific rules, hence the name. Army and other schools were ahead of the pros in using rule blocking. It eventually became the norm in the National Football League, but the Giants had difficulty adjusting. “You had that first July that they didn’t believe,” Lombardi said later. “When I first explained it they looked at one another –- ‘What’s he doing?’”

In the case of zone blocking as a concept (if not in name), Vince Lombardi may not have invented it, but he certainly was the first NFL coach to detail it – in actual practice and in writing after the fact. Lombardi’s Packers were known above all for the power sweep, but in the posthumous book Vince Lombardi on Football, the “Do-Dad” block was explained in great detail. The alpha dog of NFL coaches detailed it this way:

The guard and the center do-dad, or area-block, the defensive tackle and middle linebacker. Do-dad blocking is used against stunting lines or lines that stack one defender behind the other. In the case where the defensive tackle has the inside charge and the middle linebacker is keying the fullback and has the outside responsibility, the middle linebacker will, with the snap of the ball, move immediately to the hole, making it impossible for the center to cut him down because of the middle linebacker's key on the fullback. In this case, we will use do-dad blocking.

The center is the lead blocker -- the apex. He will lead-step, the same technique as for the down block, for the crotch of the defensive tackle. The offensive guard, using the same technique as he does in the drive block, will aim for a point which is outside the defensive tackle. If the defensive tackle has an inside charge, the guard immediately releases the tackle, picking up the middle linebacker who would be moving with the key of the fullback toward the hole. The center, since the tackle is moving into him, would pick him off.


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Postby tribeofjudah » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:58 am

Can you smell it: Playoffs
Can you feel it: SuperBowl

Am I super optimistic..........HAIL YEAH

HTTR....!!!
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Postby DarthMonk » Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:04 pm

No holding calls on right side of line (Chester Polumbus) all year.
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