1. Cameron Soran

    If they are going to run an outside zone-centric offense, then I’m pretty pessimistic about the Bears running game in year 1. I love me some outside zone – it is my favorite run play – but it is a tough system to develop in a short time span. You have to take guys who are used to just straight up mauling people to instead use their speed, athleticism, and technique to take defenders out of the play. And that takes time. The advantage is that you are never going to get stopped simply because the opposing front-7 is bigger and stronger than you. But the downside is that it takes a lot of time to get all of the offensive linemen to work together well enough to execute this scheme. It is literally one of those concepts where it is better that everyone is wrong together than 4 out of the 5 are right. I like the fit with Rhule’s defense, but bearish on early rushing success at Baylor.

    • ianaboyd

      Yes, great points. This is why it’s a favorite concept in Manhattan.

      They can run more inside zone in year one, or pin and pull, or stick with power as a main staple if they like while they make the gradual transition towards outside zone if that is indeed their destination point. We’ll see how it goes, they’re looking at a lot of initial changes in adapting the new strategies on both sides of the ball. Could make them vulnerable to losing ground (temporarily at least) to Iowa State.

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