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Video: Shanahan’s Zone Blocking Scheme

Recently coach Mike Shanahan’s Zone Blocking scheme for the offensive line has been getting a lot of buzz around the Redskins blogosphere – and it’s no wonder why. Truthfully every single snap that Jason Campbell took last year was one that might end his career.  The blocking was awful, and the production was putrid. But now that Shanny is in the house, word is out that the Zone Blocking philosophy will be incorporated into the offensive scheme — and with it will hopefully come success at controlling the line of scrimmage and a return to productivity running the football.

Here is a quote from coach about why it worked so well in Denver: [via]

“I think if you believe in something, you do it better. In Denver, we believed in a philosophy, the zone-blocking scheme, we ran it more than anybody else, so we had a lot of success. Even before last season, even though we went through seven running backs [in Shanahan’s last season in Denver], we still averaged 4.8 yards per rushing attempt. And that was with eight running backs. So you average 4.8, which was tied for second in the league, and there’s a philosophy there that you believe in. If your football team believes in that, then you’ve got a chance to improve. …. It’s like anything, what’s your philosophy? One of the reasons I think the system has been successful because of the belief in it.”

Former Raven head coach Brian Billick did some excellent analysis on Shanahan’s scheme while he was in Denver in 2008, but for the Redskins fan it’s inspiring to say the least. Jim Zorn take note, this is how you execute a stretch play.


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