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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."

By Jason Reid  |  August 21, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  Preseason schedule  
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Comments

Clinton Portis, the most overrated back in the NFC, what happened to all those mysterious BS training camp injuries of unknown origin? What happened to refusing to play those unnecessary preseason games? Remember all those work days you blew off, mr I am above the team cause Dan is my boy, while those groveling team lackeys were sweating, bleeding, puking and bustin all around azz?

What, you've changed? I ain't buying that crap. How long will it take the phantom pulls, cramps, tears to start? Then again, you know MS-13 don't plat that missing practice sh_t!

Posted by: iubiquity | August 21, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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I predict Kyle Boller will start for the Raiders.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=300812006

Posted by: DC_MAN88

haha.

From what I'm hearing, everyone is impressed with what Boller did in the preseason game against the girls. They're falling in love with the backup QB.

Poor Jason. It's just sad because he looked the SAME as he did here. I hope he does well over there but Oakland has the same problems we had last year. It's not that much better.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 20, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse "

Except now, Jason doesn't have Chris Samuels's broad shoulders to cry on or to give him a hug and tell him everything's gonna be aight.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | August 21, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have the link to the game, Cali is the place where I BE.

Posted by: skinsinsider | August 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering same thing? Is it gonna be on NFL channel???

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 21, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Gradkowski if healed will be he qb later in the year. Campbell is what he is, a change of venue won't change that. Nice guy, oh so average QB. He had one really good year in college when he had a huge o-line and two stud RB's. He can't and will never carry a team.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | August 21, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

most people seem to find it one channelsurfing.net. Don't know about the quality. I, too, am in Cali and am placing all my eggs in the Directv Sportspack basket.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 21, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 21, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Some p.o'ed Raiders fan is gonna off Al Davis if the raiders don't do something soon.(kinda the same thing that I said about our verticaly challenged tyrant after the past couple years)
The best move that the Raiders made is when they gave up a 4th rounder, not in next years draft, but in the 2012 draft, for JC. He will be at most a bandaid for them for the next couple years and then they will have a quality(?) backup.

HTTR!!!!!

Posted by: Httr4Life | August 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis, the most overrated back in the NFC, what happened to all those mysterious BS training camp injuries of unknown origin? What happened to refusing to play those unnecessary preseason games? Remember all those work days you blew off, mr I am above the team cause Dan is my boy, while those groveling team lackeys were sweating, bleeding, puking and bustin all around azz?

What, you've changed? I ain't buying that crap. How long will it take the phantom pulls, cramps, tears to start? Then again, you know MS-13 don't plat that missing practice sh_t!

Posted by: iubiquity | August 21, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

What?

Posted by: RedskinsXXVI | August 21, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

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