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January 2007

January 2007


Zone Blocking in the Option Defense

by: Dan Weil
© January 2007

For teams that run an option offense, zone blocking is often a key to making it work effectively. We talked with Brian Hughes, offensive coordinator at C.W. Post College in Brookville, NY, for a detailed explanation of the strategy and Xs and Os of zone option blocking.

Building Blocks

Hughes emphasized that he didnt come up with these schemes by himself. He worked off the ideas of Jim McNally, offensive line coach of the Buffalo Bills; Doug Marrone, offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints; George DeLeone, offensive coordinator at Temple University; and Bill Muir, offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The initial teaching is zone play itself, Hughes said. We began with our quarterback under center and then taught the technique to the front, running a split back zone. The ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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