Originally Posted by tru80texan
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.
My source was the broadcasts when we played those teams. So you'd have to go back and watch those games and they might not have even been this past year's games.
But if you don't agree that trying to learn how a particular team does something so that you can do it yourself is a form of imitation, then we have a different definition of imitation and we'll have to agree to disagree.
And I disagree that our offense is "quite different" from the 2009 and 2010 offenses. The play-calling might be a little different but the offense is largely the same. What has changed is our blocking scheme. Since Gibbs left, we've updated and upgraded our blocking schemes to employ more pulling and trapping.