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Old 09-23-2010, 11:52 AM   #106
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It's not just ZBS needing a patient runner, the way the game is called plays a part too. Either Mike or Kyle said that the beginning of the game you may not see much, but the point of the stretch plays and cut backs, is to get the defenses tired. Making linebackers cover the whole field on running plays, and so I believe that is why we are seeing better running late in the games. I still have lots of confidence that we will see a consistently good offense this year. Also, the 400 yd passing game is going to help because other teams actually will have to game plan for us throwing for lots of yards.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:01 PM   #107
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any chance defenses are starting to fully understand the ZBS and how to combat it? or has the ZBS been around long enough that teams are already know how to fully prepare for it and other known ZBS teams are running it well this year so its just us going thru expected growing pains of a new O line and new scheme?
Zone schemes are a part of just about every teams' offense these days. Some teams use it more, some less.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:38 PM   #108
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any chance defenses are starting to fully understand the ZBS and how to combat it? or has the ZBS been around long enough that teams are already know how to fully prepare for it and other known ZBS teams are running it well this year so its just us going thru expected growing pains of a new O line and new scheme?
The ZBS has been around for a long time, we've come to pay more attention to it now that Shanahan is our coach because he's noted for utilizing the scheme. It's more effective against some defensive lines than it is others.

It was first created to handle moving defensive linemen. It's basically a very simple concept, but it does take a lot of practice because it involves the entire offensive line working in unison and decisions have to be made while the play is taking place. You don't have a lot of different assignments, but you do have a lot of techniques. It takes many repetitions to get the feel of working together as a unit. The diversity of the scheme comes by the running back running different angles and by the offense using different formations to confuse the defense.

Once we get all the necessary pieces in place and the line has the opportunity to practice it's reps, then, and only then will we begin to see just how effective the scheme can be.
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:59 PM   #109
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Ok so ho hum. LJ isn't what he used to be and doesn't fit our scheme.

I am more interested in why we picked up Simpson to replace him. If we needed a back then Torain gets promoted. So for some reason we needed a SP back. For what? There is more to this. There has to be. Otherwise we cut LJ and replace him with a PS guy right? What the heck to do we need this guy for? He isn't going to return kicks. Right? WTF?
This is my take on it. K. Williams and Ryan Torain were practically carbon copies of each other during the preseason. Pretty much putting up the same numbers. Only difference is Torain runs more upright which would explain his injury history. What would be the advantage of having two carbon copy backs on the gameday roster. Chad Simpson is a different kind of back. He's more of a speed back. A little bit of a change of pace back compared to Portis and Williams. On top of that, and the real reason i think this move was made, he plays special teams. I think A. Armstrong's injury may keep him out or at least limit him in the game on Sunday. Meaning, Devin Thomas would get to play some WR against a weak Rams secondary. Knowing Shanahan, and his criticism of Devin Thomas's focus, im guessing he would want Thomas to focus PRIMARILY on WR and give the kick return duties to Chad Simpson.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:18 PM   #110
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Zone schemes are a part of just about every teams' offense these days. Some teams use it more, some less.
Texans ran it all day against us. They killed the Colts with it! There is no stopping zone blocking unless you commit more personal to the box.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:20 PM   #111
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They used zone blocking last year too; they were just not as committed to it.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:41 AM   #112
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I honestly wasn't surprised by letting Johnson go, but what I am surprised by is signing another RB instead of bringing Torain up from the practice squad. I didn't get to see much of the preseason given I live in charlotte NC. One game i did see it looked like he was pretty good. Hit the holes fairly quick, turned up field and ran pretty hard. Is there a reason he is still on the practice squad? I thought Shanny was pretty high on the kid and thought he was good enough to be a starter. If someone knows something please respond.
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