Originally Posted by LatinMind
Well i havent found anything to say Callahan intended to run zone blocking from the get go. Just what i posted and if u search google, alot use that as reference.
Im sure theyve ran both, but early they did use mostly man. that was the reason they went after bigger Guards then what they had last yr. Thats why they wanted Bernadeau at C because he was alot bigger than Costa. But he had that early surgery
Like I said, he teaches both, but it's up to the playcaller on how often he calls it. Jason Garrett was the playcaller in 2012. It appears that Callahan will be the playcaller in 2013.
Excerpts from the article that I posted:
Although the Jets used inside zone-blocking runs — running backs cutting back through open lanes inside the tackles — last season, they have added another dimension that has made all the difference.
Offensive line coach Bill Callahan’s decision to expand the team’s zone-blocking repertoire this season (Callahan's 2nd season) with more outside zone plays — linemen running as wide as the tight end’s position on the field — has paid dividends in the past two months.
“In the beginning of the year, we weren’t as good at it,” right guard Brandon Moore said. “We were still getting a feel for it. As we’ve gone along, it’s become our staple.”
Faneca spent 10 seasons in a big gap-trap, man-blocking system in Pittsburgh before learning to block more at an angle to move guys around and create running lanes rather than simply driving through them straight on. After a brief adjustment period, the unit began to gel. So, the number of zone-blocking calls increased.
“Once the proof was out there that we were starting to get it,” Faneca said, “that’s when the coaches opened the door a little bit and started getting a little more creative with those packages.”
They signed Alan Faneca the 1st year that Callahan was with the Jets. He was (6-5, 316) and had been in a man-blocking scheme his entire career. It is obvious from the article that Callahan intended to implement the ZBS with the Jets, but phased it in slowly the 1st year.
In regards, to Bernadeau being bigger than Costa, it is not true that big players can't play in the ZBS. It just depends on the quickness of the player.
The Texans drafted Brandon Brooks (6-5, 340) for their ZBS.
Here is an excerpt from an article where Kubiak references this issue:
Kubiak disagreed with the notion Brooks doesn’t fit the mold of a zone blocker “because he can move. If he was 350 and just a big, powerful guy, that would be different. But he moves around well and he can bend. He’s a new-wave kind of kid. They’re making them a little bigger nowadays. I think he’s got a real good chance of being able to help us.”