Originally Posted by cowboysooner
We need to figure out what we are and then draft accordingly.
Agree. If Callahan becomes the play caller, then I think the ZBS is definitely their primary scheme. The blocking for the running game in 2012 didn't change nearly as much schematically from the run blocking in 2011 as I thought that it would.
It's not just ZBS vs Man-Blocking but the details of who blocks who that is important. The Cowboys seem to design some run plays that appear doomed before the snap.
The play is a run to the right, inside the RT.
DL is lined up between the Center and RG.
LB is lined up slightly to the (offensive) right of the RG and behind the DL.
Blocking option A:
The RG is a step closer to the LB.
The RG is required to block the LB.
The OC makes a reach block trying to get to the right of the DL.
Blocking option B:
The RG has the assignment to block left on the DL.
The RG can fire out and drive the DL left, no reach block required.
The OC has the responsibility to block the LB.
Option A is doomed pre-snap if the DL moves slightly towards the RG and away from the OC.
Option B is doomed pre-snap if the LB moves a step to the (offensive) right away from the OC.
It appeared to me that in both 2011 and 2012 the Cowboys appeared to pick the wrong option often; whereas, other teams appeared to pick the other (correct) option on similar plays.