Redskins ready to work the zone
Coach Mike Shanahan's strong belief in the zone-blocking scheme is well known.
Although all NFL teams incorporate zone elements in their blocking attacks, Shanahan's commitment to the approach sets him apart from most coaches. After organized team activities, minicamps and training camp, the Redskins are now well versed in the way Shanahan wants things done.
And they're ready to work the zone.
"He's not about the 300-something-pound guy," said center Casey Rabach, the anchor of Washington's offensive line last season. "The whole thing about driving five guys down the field, killing people and all that, he's not about that.
"He's more about blocking on angles and backs making reads and stuff like that. An athletic guy who may not have done so well under past regimes, he'll do much better in this one."
In their second preseason game Saturday night, the Redskins play host to the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field. The offensive line is eager to gauge its progress in the zone against the Ravens' stout defense, and the running backs will continue to be evaluated as well. Running backs will have to read blocks more than they did in previous Redskins offenses, Rabach said.
"We've talked about the chop block and the back-read stuff that, in the past here, they were very against," he said. "But here, they're for it. And they put a lot more on the back to make the right reads. They want us to get on our angles and stay on our angles to open up holes."
August 21, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
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