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Old 01-29-2013, 05:48 PM   #11
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:52 PM   #12
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i got it from the same source you have that says tomlin made the decision
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What Happened to Hunter Jr.?
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i got it from the same source you have that says tomlin made the decision
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:17 PM   #15
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The hiring of Jack Bicknell Jr. by the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday as their new offensive line coach means that we can probably expect to see a scheme slanted more towards zone blocking in 2013.

The Steelers primarily used a man/power scheme the last several years under the tutelage of Sean Kugler, who left to become the head coach of UTEP following the season, and that included a lot of straight ahead man on man and double teams with the occasional pull on the trap and counter.

While Bicknell is versed a little in the man scheme, he is better known for his affection for the zone scheme, which he ran a lot dating back to his time spent time at Boston College when he was their offensive line coach.

The zone scheme requires athletic lineman that can get off the ball quickly and out into space, and it creates running lanes with defensive players being forced to react on the move. The zone scheme is also less rules based than the power scheme and instead it focuses a lot more on technique. It is designed to open up lanes for a running back to choose from as opposed to being one that is focused on a specific hole or cutback.

The Steelers have drafted four offensive linemen early in their last three drafts in the form of center Maurkice Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert, David DeCastro and Mike Adams, so the zone scheme should favor their skill sets.

Last season with the Chiefs the Kansas City running game was effective against all four of the AFC North teams last season as they rushed for 214 yards against the Baltimore Ravens , 142 against the Steelers, 113 against the Cincinnati Bengals and 180 against the Cleveland Browns. This certainly did not go unnoticed by head coach Mike Tomlin and he said as much on Tuesday.

"They played the AFC North, and they ran the ball very well against all the teams in the AFC North," said Tomlin, via Steelers.com. "They ran the ball effectively against us when Jamaal Charles had a 100-yard game. That was attractive to me. The plan they were able to put together, the success they were able to have vs. some people we are going to see quite a bit was a selling feature."

Following the Chiefs game against the Steelers I broke down the stretch zone used by Kansas City in that game and you can see that write up with animated gifs here.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2013/01...ocking-scheme/
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I like this hire. You could argue OL is a major need for upgrade for KC but the point suggested earlier that KC had success running the ball against one of the best defensive divisions in the league...good run blocking thats what we need.
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if the OL ends up playing poorly, sloppyjoe will be on here saying it's the last straw and Tomlin should be fired for hiring Bicknell as the OL coach
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First Haley, and now this guy. Good to see the Steelers are trying to copy the winning tradition of the Kansas City Chiefs!
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Sloppy Joe=Joe Flacco - I'm convinced of it

Joe finally makes it to the big show and he STILL can't get enough of the Steelers and their fans

C'mon Joe - only a few hours left until curfew - isn't there some free refreshments in the lobby or a gift shop you could be perusing?
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