|12-22-2006, 12:04 PM||#1|
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Another cut block article from Cinn. rag
This is the same paper and basically the same story they ran in 2004 when Denver played the Bungals.
Broncos will cut-and-run
BY MARK CURNUTTE | MCURNUTTE@ENQUIRER.COM
SoCals link: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...612220401/1066
Rookie quarterback Jay Cutler's best friend in the Denver offense is the run game.
The Broncos are ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing this season with an average of 136.4 yards a game.
That's nothing new for the Broncos. They've finished in the top 10 in league rankings in 10 of their 11 seasons with Mike Shanahan as coach and lead the NFL in total rush yards since he took over in 1995.
"They've had that blocking technique there for years," Bengals defensive end Bryan Robinson said. "And it's one of those you want to stay off the ground. They do a good job of cutting out the backside and running the ball up in there. You want to stay square to the line of scrimmage."
The Bengals have allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards in four of their past five games. Indianapolis had 112 rushing yards Monday night but averaged just 3.9 yards per carry.
"It's always our main focus to stop the run," Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers said. "If they can establish the run, then they have control of the game."
If the Bengals get a lead and control the Denver run game, it would put more pressure on Cutler, who will be making his fourth NFL start.
In his three starts, Cutler has totaled 82 pass attempts. The Broncos have run 100 rush plays - including 38 Sunday at Arizona - in those three games.
Denver runs a zone run scheme, so the smaller, quicker offensive linemen all fire out in the same direction. The Broncos try to sweep the defensive linemen out and allow the tailback to cut back into the running lanes.
The running back gets one cut and then heads up the field. If he doesn't follow this scheme, he doesn't play.
Technically, the Denver offensive line is trying to create three lanes and let the running back choose which to use.
Defensive-oriented coaches, such as New England's Bill Belichick, say the scheme works because Denver's offensive linemen are extremely disciplined. They fire out and don't leave gaps in their splits. A defense sometimes can overpower the line, but if the running back is quick enough through the hole, he's already gone.
Tatum Bell leads the Broncos this season with 927 rush yards, and Mike Bell has 542.
Robinson and fellow Bengals defensive linemen Sam Adams and John Thornton have played against Denver before, as have Geathers and fellow end Justin Smith.
Rookie tackle Domata Peko has not but knows what to expect.
"They cut (block) a lot on the backside," Peko said. "We've got to use our hands and feet. You have to focus on your dude and keep your feet moving. I heard a couple of years ago they cut one of our players."
In a Monday night game in 2004 at Cincinnati, Broncos offensive tackle George Foster came back on a play to cut Bengals defensive tackle Tony Williams by diving at his legs. Williams suffered a broken ankle and had to undergo season-ending surgery.
"It was within the scheme," Foster said in 2004. "You want to get the backside people. You want to get the backside people down. That's the only reason for the cut block."
The NFL issued a statement that the block was within the rules and that Foster would not be fined.
In winning that 2004 meeting, the Bengals allowed the Broncos to run for 123 yards on 26 carries.
|12-22-2006, 01:12 PM||#4|
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|12-22-2006, 01:21 PM||#5|
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Sorry if the answer is obvious (and something that I should already know), but does zone-blocking necessitate cut-blocking?
In other words, as I understand it, a zone-blocking scheme means that instead of having man assignments, the line works together as a group taking on primary defenders on the line, then working up the levels through linebackers and the secondary as a whole unit. The backside cut-block isn't a technique that is inherent to zone-blocking, is it?
Also, like someone else mentioned, I haven't seen ANY examples of cut-blocking by the O-Line this year, although I've been looking for it during every Bronco game and replay. Does anyone know of some replays I could check out?
|12-22-2006, 01:27 PM||#6|
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