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If memory serves Zone blocking requires smaller and more athletic linemen, which can hamper the power run game at times as well as pass protection.

Zone run blocking also requires that you have a Rb that is patient and can make cuts necessary to find holes as they open up.

I've always been a fan of zone blocking, always seemed like it allowed you to do more with less when it came to linemen and RBs.

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He utilizes cut blocking.

We actually used that same system during the Vick years and even the past several years with Paul Boudreau leading the charge.

Defenses hate it - feel like it's dirty and can cause injuries. While it is a perfectly legal blocking system - it can be rough on the defenders.

Cut blocking - using athletic linemen who can pull well and get down the field with the runner to block all the way. That's the system.

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He utilizes cut blocking.

We actually used that same system during the Vick years and even the past several years with Paul Boudreau leading the charge.

Defenses hate it - feel like it's dirty and can cause injuries. While it is a perfectly legal blocking system - it can be rough on the defenders.

Cut blocking - using athletic linemen who can pull well and get down the field with the runner to block all the way. That's the system.

The zone was great for Dunn, not so much for Duckett lol
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I will try to explain in few lines.

In Zone blocking like the name implies the OL blocks as a zone, and there is no set blockers assigned like Power blocking. In zone blocking the lineman always move towards point of attack and not let any one move behind them.

Typically you need small and athletic lineman who are quick and also needs time to play in sync as they have to block as one. Gary Kubaik who was with shanny did the same thing in HOU. The zone blocking in the recent years have been less effective because of NFL going after cut blocking or chop blocking. Because the OL are small they usually resort to chop block or block the DL low as they will be over powered. Also if they play against fast defenses esp. 3-4 it would be tough to match up with the defense.

Another big problem is pass blocking esp on the third and long situations because the DL are bigger than OL, no wonder RG III has worst conversion rate in the NFL on 3rd and long. Cutler was killed so was Kyle orton against the blitz in DEN.

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I will try to explain in few lines.

In Zone blocking like the name implies the OL blocks as a zone, and there is no set blockers assigned like Power blocking. In zone blocking the lineman always move towards point of attack and not let any one move behind them.

Typically you need small and athletic lineman who are quick and also needs time to play in sync as they have to block as one. Gary Kubaik who was with shanny did the same thing in HOU. The zone blocking in the recent years have been less effective because of NFL going down on cut blocking or chop blocking. Because the OL are small they usually resort to chop block or block the DL low as they will be over powered. Also if they play against fast defenses esp. 3-4 it would be tough to match up with the defense.

Another big problem is pass blocking esp on the third and long situations because the DL are bigger than OL, no wonder RG III has worst conversion rate in the NFL on 3rd and long. Cutler was killed so was Kyle orton against the blitz in DEN.

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This year was the first time Shanahan has had a 1000 yard rusher since 2006.

true, but he also either used a RBC or just had tons of injuries to his RB corps. Was crazy what he did without a feature back and no names like Selivn Young. Edited by Aftermath
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While he was in Denver it seemed like he could plug any bum off the street into the backfield and get 1000 yards, it was crazy,

I wouldn't say any bum but his OL he had in Denver was much better plus the rules then made it easier. To be honest, Alfred Morris is a beast and having RG3 as QB helps a ton.

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Ok, so the reason why it isn't used more because the OL has more difficulty pass blocking in obvious passing downs.

That's about it, but if you have a mobile QB it could work as we see with the Skins. Best thing about it, if the QB can pass then you keep eight out of the box. Then you have a deadly offense.

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I remember, it was around that time I started thinking Dunn was a bit overrated.

you too? lol, I loved the dude, Class act through and through and I'm glad he was a Falcon, but he was never the threat that he was made out to be. Dunn is just one of those guys that you feel like added just as much to the team off the field as he did on the field.
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Ok, so the reason why it isn't used more because the OL has more difficulty pass blocking in obvious passing downs.

You've heard the phrase around here a lot - "Our Line is Built for the run - not for the pass"

You look at the dominant passing teams - you'll see bigger, stronger - although slower linemen. They are built to protect the QB - create a pocket and get push at the line.

Smaller, more athletic linemen are built to not only open a hole - but get down the field with the runner - to keep blocking.

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Alfred Morris looks like he can be one of the best in the league. Having RG3 helps of course, just hope he stays healthy.

Alfred Morris has great vision and won't go down easily. ZBS scheme depends on RB vision and cut back ability. Darren McFadden struggled this year after OAK went ZB. Arian Foster is another guy who has good vision and speed.

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Ok, so the reason why it isn't used more because the OL has more difficulty pass blocking in obvious passing downs.

Also requires a back with great vision and the ability to cut and hit holes when they open. Guys like 2012 Turner would be DOA with a O-line running a zone blocking scheme.
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