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    Funny that as much as our zone blocking is criticized it seems every year a new team is employing the zone blocking scheme.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/141/story/66973.html

    NEW COORDINATOR DAVIDSON A PROPONENT
    New scheme for
    Panthers: zone blocking
    Fox says system suited to team's offensive line
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    PHOENIX --The 2007 Carolina Panthers might look more like the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos of recent years.

    Coach John Fox revealed Wednesday that the Panthers will begin using zone-blocking schemes in their offense, a dramatic change for a system that's been built around a power-running style. Fox said new offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson will begin installing zone blocking by the offensive line at minicamps and organized team activities this spring.

    "We have not been much of a zone-blocking team," Fox said at the NFC coaches breakfast during the annual NFL meeting at the Arizona Biltmore. "Yet, we're kind of set up that way, to be real honest with you. That's something (Davidson) has a belief in, and I think he has the presence to get it across."

    In a zone-blocking scheme, linemen are responsible for blocking any defender who appears in their zone, instead of focusing on one defender. The Broncos and Falcons have had success with the system, which features smaller, more athletic offensive linemen and can create running lanes on the inside and outside.

    That system could fit Carolina's personnel better than the power running system Fox had used under former coordinator Dan Henning. Running backs DeAngelo Williams and DeShaun Foster might be better suited to run the stretch plays that go with zone-blocking schemes than to pound away between the tackles.

    However, Fox said the change is due more to the talents of the offensive line than the running backs.

    After a season in which the Panthers had to shuffle their line because of injuries, Fox said the plan is to use Travelle Wharton at left tackle, shift Jordan Gross back to right tackle, keep Mike Wahle at left guard and Justin Hartwig at center. Geoff Hangartner, who filled in at center last season when Hartwig was injured, likely will compete with Evan Mathis at right guard.

    Gross, Wharton and Wahle fit the profile of athletic linemen who excel in a zone-blocking scheme.

    "If you're an athletic offensive line, it makes the defense honest," Fox said. "That's the key. It's about keeping the opponent off-balance and creating good matchups."

    Fox said he doesn't expect the transition to be difficult.

    "Some of your blocking schemes in trap systems are harder to read and harder to maneuver than zone blocking," he said.

    In the Zone

    Denver is the team best known for zone blocking. Since Mike Shanahan arrived as coach in 1995, the Broncos have led the NFL in rushing (141.5 yards per game) and scoring (24.8 points), often using unheralded runners.

  • #2
    Jordan Gross will excel in this scheme

    Which means that the slim chance of him ever coming to Denver as a FA is even slimmer!


    Mathis should do well too, imo.

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    • #3
      Well, at least if people are using it, they can't criticize us for it!!!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fxblitz
        Well, at least if people are using it, they can't criticize us for it!!!


        Every o-lineman in the league does what the Broncos o-lineman get's criticized for!

        The Broncos just do it until these fat d-lineman don't want to get up anymore! It's just easier for them to cry about it than to fight through it.

        Every team does it.....FB's do it....TE's do it!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by stnzed
          Every o-lineman in the league does what the Broncos o-lineman get's criticized for!

          The Broncos just do it until these fat d-lineman don't want to get up anymore! It's just easier for them to cry about it than to fight through it.

          Every team does it.....FB's do it....TE's do it!
          So true

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          • #6
            I guess we don't hear anyone in Denver complaining about it is because we don't have any d-lineman that are good enough to know the difference.

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            • #7
              Obviously, the zone blocking scheme seems to work. Teams are using it all over the league, not to mention a ton in college. It gets a bad rap for the whole cut blocking thing, but that's only a small part of the system. The only thing that could be a draw back, is that the zone blocking ideal doesn't seem to promote strong pass blocking. So, teams need mobile quarterbacks to counteract that. But I think the positives outweight the bads, cause both here and in Houston, zone blocking has made Ron Dayne look good.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fxblitz
                Well, at least if people are using it, they can't criticize us for it!!!

                It's not so much the zone blocking scheme that the Broncos have been critized for, as it is the legal, but questionable chop block that the Broncos have become feared for.

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                • #9
                  Denver has been very successful with zone blocking since Gibbs was in town, mainly because it was a novelty, defenses were not designed to play against it. And for one maybe two games a year (AFCW teams) who was going to practice against it or build a defense to stop it.

                  Now we have DEN then ATL last year HOU joined the club and now the panthers.

                  Instead of seeing the zone blocking once a year, a team could conceivably see it 3-5 times a year.

                  Watch out for the sharp minds @ DC come up with a scheme to defeat it. AS it is copied by other teams more folks get used to it and the novelty wears off.

                  It is just a matter of time before everyone figures out how to stop it consistently.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JRWIZ
                    Denver has been very successful with zone blocking since Gibbs was in town, mainly because it was a novelty, defenses were not designed to play against it. And for one maybe two games a year (AFCW teams) who was going to practice against it or build a defense to stop it.

                    Now we have DEN then ATL last year HOU joined the club and now the panthers.

                    Instead of seeing the zone blocking once a year, a team could conceivably see it 3-5 times a year.

                    Watch out for the sharp minds @ DC come up with a scheme to defeat it. AS it is copied by other teams more folks get used to it and the novelty wears off.

                    It is just a matter of time before everyone figures out how to stop it consistently.

                    JR zone blocking was a novelty the 49ers were using it better than a decade ahead of us.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ROCKIES
                      It's not so much the zone blocking scheme that the Broncos have been critized for, as it is the legal, but questionable chop block that the Broncos have become feared for.
                      Chop blocks are illegal, cut blocks are within the rules.
                      John 11: 25-27

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TXBRONC
                        JR zone blocking was a novelty the 49ers were using it better than a decade ahead of us.
                        But it did not catch on like it has now. SFO also had montana/young, rice a great TE and a RB that was great also and of course the master in Walsh.

                        Big difference from ATL, HOU and CAR.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JRWIZ
                          Denver has been very successful with zone blocking since Gibbs was in town, mainly because it was a novelty, defenses were not designed to play against it. And for one maybe two games a year (AFCW teams) who was going to practice against it or build a defense to stop it.

                          Now we have DEN then ATL last year HOU joined the club and now the panthers.

                          Instead of seeing the zone blocking once a year, a team could conceivably see it 3-5 times a year.

                          Watch out for the sharp minds @ DC come up with a scheme to defeat it. AS it is copied by other teams more folks get used to it and the novelty wears off.

                          It is just a matter of time before everyone figures out how to stop it consistently.

                          Well some things... like the forward pass.... are good enough they can still be quite good even wehn the "novelty" wears off...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JoRo
                            Well some things... like the forward pass.... are good enough they can still be quite good even wehn the "novelty" wears off...
                            Do you really thing so JoRo?
                            John 11: 25-27

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JRWIZ
                              But it did not catch on like it has now. SFO also had montana/young, rice a great TE and a RB that was great also and of course the master in Walsh.

                              Big difference from ATL, HOU and CAR.
                              What do Montana, Young, and Rice have to do with the blocking scheme? JR is wasn't not a novelty by time Shanahan brought it to Denver.
                              John 11: 25-27

                              My Adopt-A-Bronco is D.J. Williams



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