Coaching Strategy With:<BR> Joe Bugel

The Redskins' assistant coach for offense/line coach provides an inside look at what type of blocking is favored for this unit.

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''We've always favored zone blocking and that's even more true now with what the defense is doing with all the different dogs and stunts, they're not playing straight anymore. Ninety-five percent of what they do is blitz and slants. If you tried to block that with man blocking, you'd get picked off all afternoon.''

''We like zone blocking because it enables your men to fly off the football without taking any hesitation steps. When you block man to man you put your linemen in a very bad disadvantage because you can never fire off, not knowing if this guy is going inside, outside or coming through you. We believe strongly in zone blocking schemes because we help each other and that's the biggest thing right there. You come off and you go through a gap. If that gap is voided, you just continue to go.

''You're assigned to fire out one way or another and you get a helper inside of you. That's the thing about zone blocking. The outside guy gets the outside half and the inside guy gets the inside half. You get a lot of double teams in our zone scheme.

''You have to have tremendous communication. You can't fool each other on that. Once the call is made and I'm Jon Jansen, I expect Randy to be in my hip pocket because if the defensive lineman does anything unexpected, then Randy would overtake Jon's man and Jon would overtake Randy's man.''


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