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mexican_texan
04-16-2006, 04:04 PM
I don't remember this ever being brought up, but the Broncos' line is known most for it's cut blocking. Kubiak brought the Broncos' scheme here. Does that mean Dwight Freeney will go on the IR after Week 2?

JohnGalt
04-16-2006, 04:09 PM
The cut-blocking typically gets the interior linemen and sometimes the backside DE if he stunts to the inside.

YoungTexanFan
04-16-2006, 04:15 PM
Most west-coast offenses and zone-schemes employ cut blocks. It gets the linemens hands down.

We were taught 1...2...cut. Helmet goes to the knees usually, but people get hurt when you start to roll over on them.

YoungTexanFan
04-16-2006, 04:16 PM
The cut-blocking typically gets the interior linemen and sometimes the backside DE if he stunts to the inside.

we also did some weird stunts where the G and C would pull and cut the LB and wash the DE out.

JohnGalt
04-16-2006, 04:29 PM
Most of the complaining about Denver was due the power sweep plays where the center and the backside line are just taking out the backside pursuit. An effective cut will allow a smaller OL take down a larger DT for a few seconds. That's all a RB needs to get to the LB's that should have been hit by the playside linemen.

gtexan02
04-16-2006, 04:36 PM
Isnt there some rule against how and when a OL can cut block a DL?

JohnGalt
04-16-2006, 04:40 PM
I don't know the specifics, but it's something like the OL can hit the DL below the knees within 3 yds of the line of scrimmage except when the DL is engaged with another OL. Basically, no high - low double teams.

RickDenver
04-18-2006, 05:52 PM
Denver does not use the cut block as much since Alex Gibbs left as the O-Line coach. He is coaching for Atlanta now.

TEXANS84
04-18-2006, 06:35 PM
I wouldn't put too much into it considering that Sherman is our offensive line coach now.

PokerStar
04-18-2006, 07:23 PM
Every linemen will cut block depending on the play. Backside cut blocks are what most consider dirty, plus Denver linemen were known to leg whip. I would not worry much about it, but you will see our team cut block. Hell would be great if DD would learn the 1..2.. cut huh YoungTexanFAn.

Texas
04-18-2006, 08:00 PM
This is a great move...However in highschool as a receiver and back I was never to good at it...Wasnt much of a blocker at all...Just ran the ball like Bettis in his prime.

dwilt72
04-18-2006, 10:54 PM
Denver does not use the cut block as much since Alex Gibbs left as the O-Line coach. He is coaching for Atlanta now.

Wasn't there a big deal last year or year before when a player was hurt because of a Denver cut block? Seems like I remember Shan making a big deal about and putting together a cut block marathon of other teams that he claim cut block as much as Denver does.

Runner
04-18-2006, 10:58 PM
Our linemen have been cut blocking for the past couple of years. Denver gets notoriety because of their success and that one injury.

infantrycak
04-19-2006, 01:13 AM
Our linemen have been cut blocking for the past couple of years. Denver gets notoriety because of their success and that one injury.

Our linemen have been zone blocking, but they have not been significantly cut blocking to seal the back side as Denver and Atlanta regularly do. Here is an explanation of how cut blocks are used:

A final element of the zone blocking scheme is the use of the much hated cut block to seal off backside pursuit. This means that any linemen on the backside of the play cut block defensive players in front of them, which drops the defensive players to the turf and, oddly enough, opens up holes for the running back. Note that the cut block is legal in this case, as long as the offensive lineman isn’t hitting the defender from behind and as long as he doesn’t roll up on his legs. But hitting him below the knees near the line of scrimmage is fair game, as much as the NFLPA doesn’t want it to be.

From the same article, there is this note about Pendry saying cut blocks are not necessary:

For the record, Joe Pendry claims that his zone blocking scheme doesn’t rely on cut blocks.

Link (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/ramblings.php?p=2484&cat=1)

JMO but this is another example of Pendry being wrong. Watch the Broncos or Atlanta for long and you will see RB's hitting the back side of the play much more frequently, particularly when the DL penetrates the front side.

dwilt72
04-27-2006, 01:56 PM
JMO but this is another example of Pendry being wrong. Watch the Broncos or Atlanta for long and you will see RB's hitting the back side of the play much more frequently, particularly when the DL penetrates the front side.

Maybe that's why Domanick had some nice runs, but not a lot of break-away's.