Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
There have been several coaches (including the Ravens and Bengals) who've said they study the Texans offense in the off-season. When Leach went to the Ravens, they had him give them pointers in how to block the ZBS the way we do.
By any chance do you have a source because the Ravens & Bengals seem to run their own types of offenses & aren't as playaction heavy as we are nor are they known for relying on the ZBS as much as we do. Studying a team on how to utilize the ZBS scheme is hardly imitation imo. They are not relying on the Texans to fill their playbook, they are studying a scheme by studying a team who depends on it heavily & had some success while possibly learning from some of its ex-players imo. That's a bit different imo. Adopting the ZBS scheme doesn't mean that all teams are "imitating" the Texans imo.
Once again, the 2012 Texans offense is quite different from the 2009 & 2010 offenses as it was pass heavy w/ slim to no running game in 2009 & learning what it was capable of in 2010 in the running game. A team who studied the Texans in 2009 or 2010 would see a different approach today w/out a doubt.