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prostock101
08-20-2008, 05:25 PM
I'm so confused.......Go MOO COWS!!!!!!!!!

Houston: Houston now has Alex Gibbs -- the guy who directed the blocking for the Denver rushing game which made [Insert Name Here] into star tailbacks. Gibbs is coaching the Texans' offensive line and bearing the title assistant head coach. Because most sportswriters don't understand how the Gibbs blocking system works, they call it "zone blocking." That's like calling all short passing attacks a West Coast offense. (TMQ has long believed most full-time football writers and sportscasters cannot diagram most standard football tactics.) It's not so much that Gibbs-coached offensive lines block an area rather than a specific man, many offensive lines do this at least some of the time. What's distinctive about the Gibbs system is that it involves deliberate blocking in the back.



Deliberate blocking in the back is legal inside the "free blocking" zone, the area close to the line of scrimmage and between the offensive tackles at the snap. Gibbs-coached offensive linemen press the envelop on the free-blocking rule. Rather than driving toward a defender or pulling, Gibbs-coached linemen slide to the play side on many rushing downs and try to slam the nearest playside defender in his back. The Gibbs system also teaches deliberate low blocking, which is legal in two instances, a fact poorly understood. It's an illegal chop block if one offensive lineman engages a defender and stands him up, then a second offensive lineman hits the defender low. But if one offensive lineman hits the defender high and another hits him low simultaneously, that's kosher. Or if a blocker makes initial contact with a defender's hands, it is legal for the blocker to slide down low on the defender's body. This is why defensive linemen are coached to get their hands on an offensive lineman's shoulder pads or back; once this happens, the offensive lineman cannot legally slide low.



In-line play in the free-blocking zone is chaotic, with players on both sides trying to get away with holding or other fouls, and constant confusion regarding whose hands are legally where. But Gibbs has studied the quirks of blocking rules and relentlessly coaches his players to hit low or in the back within the rules. The goal is not exactly to try to injure the defender; rather, to force the defender to protect himself against injury by guarding his knees and not turning his back. A front-seven player who is concerned about protecting his knees and back will be less effective as a defender.



Last season, the plodding Texans quietly rose to 14th overall on offense, had a strong 5.5-yard average gain (New England's record-setting offense averaged 6.2 yards per snap) and featured five players who gained at least 500 yards. Quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels looked about the same statistically, but in W/L, the club was 4-1 under Rosenfels, 4-7 under Schaub. Since Schaub is the golden boy with the big contract, expect him get the job. Since coming into the league with a lovely bovine-inspired logo, the team is 32-64; time to stop talking and start winning, Moo Cows.


Here also is the link http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=easterbrook/080819&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab6pos1

nunusguy
08-20-2008, 08:13 PM
But Gibbs has studied the quirks of blocking rules and relentlessly coaches his players to hit low or in the back within the rules.
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The author obviously knows something about the techniqes of blocking, especially how it realtes to blocking by OLineman.
I like his take on Gibbs, which to me is sorta like comparing him to a shrewd lawyer who would take full advance of legal loopholes but still barely keeping it legal.

HJam72
08-20-2008, 08:30 PM
Can they legally have horns on their helmets? :fans: No, I really wanna know. :)