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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:30 pm    Post subject: Zone blocking scheme Reply with quote

I know the raiders along with other teams run it and that u need athletic and not necessarily gigantic lineman to use and it is effective for running the ball but how exactly does it work.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/5913890/Zone-Blocking-vs.-Man-Blocking

here is some reading material...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stallyns wrote:
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/5913890/Zone-Blocking-vs.-Man-Blocking

here is some reading material...


That was concise. Very good reference.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everyone moves in the same direction and blocks a zone rather than a man.

Good read here if you scroll down a bit.

http://www.tomahawknation.com/2009/6/9/900288/understanding-zone-blocking-and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8QafXvR5ug
3 videos on it to watch here, and it all else fails,

you can click here
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the thing is that a true ZBS is just that a scheme it goes beyond just the OL. the RBs also have a different job as a result.

here is something i wrote about 2 years ago:

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It is a scheme used by offensive lineman to block opposing players. In this scheme the offensive lineman block an area of the field, or zone, as opposed to a particular man as seen in the Man Blocking Scheme (MBS). Now it is important to remember that all teams use a combination of both schemes but generally favor one or the other. The biggest advantage of the ZBS is its ability to block defenders on the move effectively battling Stunts, Slants, and Blitzes.

The ZBS requires a different type of player than the MBS. A lot of fans just think "Light" players when it comes to ZBS but thatís not the case. The ZBS is when two or three offensive linemen work in tandem as opposed to each offensive lineman having a specific, predetermined man to block. They work in a "ZONE." the key is for two linemen to come off in unison and attack a single DL player to the play side. Then as the play progresses one of them leaves and moves to the second level to block a LB. The key is for the lineman to have chemistry so they can decide who and when one of them will leave to block the linebacker. By doing this it will create a "crease" for the RB to cut back into.

Now the linemen must do 4 key things for this to work:

1. They MUST stay hip to hip with each other. This is difficult to do without tripping over each other without repetitions working together.
2. They also need to keep their shoulders square to the line.
3. Most importantly, they both have to keep their eyes are on the linebacker, knowing where he is at all times.
4. Finally they must communicate with each other and know who is going to take over the DL and who is going to move to the 2nd level.


The main 2 zone blocking plays are the inside zone and the outside zone, also called the stretch play. On the Outside Zone the play calls for the DE to be double teamed by the G and the T and they decide who breaks off and blocks the LB. This usually depends on the DE. If he tries to edge rush then the G moves to the 2nd level, if he spins inside then the OT moves to block the LB. On the inside zone the play calls for the DT to be double teamed (especially prevalent in cases of going against a 3-4) and the C and the G who have to make the double team and the subsequent decision to move on to the second level.


Now for the individual linemen there are 2 basic techniques for the linemen when running a ZBS, Zone Block Right and Zone Block Left. As the names indicate Zone Block Right is for plays, and the double team, to be run to the right of the Center and Zone Block Left for plays, and the double team, to be run to the left of the Center.

So when you put this together the plays are run Inside Left and Inside Right, or Outside Left and Outside Right.

As for the actual footwork there are four basic steps depending on what side of the play youíre on and where your zone is.

The Drive Block is your basic fire straight out and try to drive the man in front of you back. This is used if you are on the front side of the play (the play is on your side, such as a LT or LG on a Zone Block Left) and your zone is directly in front of you.

The Turn Step is where you take your play side foot and step about six inches at a 45-degree angle away from your body and to the play side. The second step is a long forward step with your backside foot putting you at an angle to the play. This is used if you are on the front side of the play and your zone is not directly in front of you. Generally this is used by the second man on the double team.

The Scoop step is where the blocker takes a short step laterally away from the play to block the back side blocker. This is used if you are on the back side of the play and the zone is not directly in front of you. This is generally where the Cut block is used, to cut off backside pursuit.

The Bucket Step is a short backwards step to the outside where the foot lands at a 45 degree angle to the outside putting an O-Lineman on a 45 Degree track up field. It is basically a backwards turn step. This is used if you are on the back side of the play and the zone is directly in front of you. Unlike the Scoop Step these players generally donít use the cut block but continues on his angle looking to block the player who shows on the next level, in the event that the defender beats him to the inside.

The RBs are a bit different as well. in the ZBS the backs are basically told to run left/right-inside/outside they look for the first crease to form and cut back to it. the reason they cant say go to a specific hole is because they donít know which lineman is going to break away until the play is underway, but are taught to look for the lineman who moves onto the next level and follow them.

In reality the running back really has 3 jobs.

#1) runs the play thatís called. its sounds stupid but really itís the hardest part about being a ZBS running back. You donít know where the hole will pop up so a lot of times the RB gets impatient and bounces the ball outside regardless of the play called or dives into the line at a random spot hoping a hole opens up. The back needs to have the confidence in the line that a hole will open.

#2) has the vision to see the hole. A lot of times a RB will run right past the hole because they donít see the lineman break away to the second level. This usually results in a loss of yards. The RB needs to understand the scheme and know where the Double team is going to be and watch for the lineman that breaks away.

#3) lastly the RB needs to have a quick cutback and hit the hole hard. As soon as he sees the lineman breakaway he needs to be right in his hip pocket because the D sees that happening as well and the hole wonít be there for long.


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