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Old 06-11-2008   #1
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If you want to check out the DeMeco chat from the Chron, here it is:

DeMeco Chat

A couple of interesting things in there. Here's what jumped out at me:

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DeMeco_Ryans: Our running game is looking a lot better. You can tell by the changes Coach Gibbs has made to our running game. All of our guys are picking it up well. Chris Brown is looking the best. You can tell he is more familiar with the scheme.
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Shake: From the defensive side of the ball, what specific improvements do you see in the O-line this offseason?

DeMeco_Ryans: Their techniques have been revamped. They're doing a lot more zone-blocking which will allow them to cut defensive linemen more. There are a lot faster off the ball. They do a great job of faking the run blocking when it's a pass.
I think that what I've bolded is the biggest change we will see with the offense. When I heard Kyle Shanahan speak on this subject when he first was with the team, he talked a lot about this. When he was with the Bucs, he actually tried to get Jon Gruden to change some of the offensive line blocking to make it harder to guess run versus pass.

He talked a lot about how defenses start guessing run because the blocking *feels* the same and then they get surprised by the pass and are out of position.
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If you want to check out the DeMeco chat from the Chron, here it is:

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A couple of interesting things in there. Here's what jumped out at me:



I think that what I've bolded is the biggest change we will see with the offense. When I heard Kyle Shanahan speak on this subject when he first was with the team, he talked a lot about this. When he was with the Bucs, he actually tried to get Jon Gruden to change some of the offensive line blocking to make it harder to guess run versus pass.

He talked a lot about how defenses start guessing run because the blocking *feels* the same and then they get surprised by the pass and are out of position.
Heh. Right after the chat I went straight to my site and posted about the very same line RE: the pass/run blocking.
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Heh. Right after the chat I went straight to my site and posted about the very same line RE: the pass/run blocking.

lol.

It helps that Shake asked the question. Most of the questions were foof.
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Yeah, very much so. I asked a question about the whole perceived lack of nastiness on the Texans defense, but he didn't answer/moderator didn't forward it to him.

But as to the subject of your original post - I love that DeMeco singled out that fact about disguising their blocks. Shake's question didn't call for him to specifically reference how well they were doing that, so for a pro-bowl MLB talent like DeMeco to mention that specific detail unsolicited really makes me think Gibbs is making big early strides. He could have easily said "yeah, they look great, much better than last year, blah blah blah" but that clearly is something that has impressed him.
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I just hope it works and gives the QB a little more time to do his reads and go to the right man.
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I just hope it works and gives the QB a little more time to do his reads and go to the right man.
Most of the ZBS when incorporated into the passing game (I read, they call it Zone Locking) involve shorter routes. The nature of the scheme lends itself well and it helps if you have a QB that can make a quick read, and has a quick release (MS is better than Sage in this regard.)

The danger is in the drop back pass as I've given this a fair amount of thoughts. I don't know if I can elaborate it well enough, but i will try:

1. I would assume that the flow of the O-linemen more often will be to the weak side (the left), so that our TE on the strong side (the opposite side) can pick up the LDE. If we have the FB in there, he could help, or he could take on any extra defender close to the LOS on the strong side.

2. If the flow of the rampagin elephants (as Pitts referred the Olinemen in the Zone Locking scheme) is to the strong side (the right), the RDE was automatically optioned (left open) as our LT takes on the RDT.
We can have the FB faking a counter play and take on the RDE, a difficult task.
Otherwise, the QB has to be very mobile and quick in his drop.
He should be prepare to get rid of the ball when necessary, and get ready to land on his behind. Because the RDE trailing the play would see it developed.

3. Even assuming that most of the defenders bite on the fake, there's always the chance that an extra defender close to the LOS can see it and wouldn't go for the fake (besides the fact that one of the DE most likely won't).

4. Sometimes the defense dictates itself. The more defenders they have crouching the LOS, the more difficult to try the drop pass with a run fake.

5. It's also more difficult on third and long, when the defense decide to blitz.

Exhibits: Texans/Broncos game: Mario sacked Cutler, I don't know if you want your QB on his back too often like that.
Texans/Titans game: Finnegan sacked MS, causing the knee injury.
Both were on 1st and 10.
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Thanks for the link TC . Good stuff !
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chris brown to the probowl??

new FF late rd sleeper to take perhaps?
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