Phins Rock wrote:
Too much emphasis/stock is put into "zone vs man" scheme anyway. There's not much difference, honestly.
Couldn't disagree more.
There is a huge difference which is why you need specific types of players for each scheme.
There is a huge difference between a running game that requires quickness and athleticism and pulling linemen that create gaps on cutbacks for one move and go vision type running backs and a running game that tries to overpower defensive linemen at the line of scrimmage to create room for a power back.
There is also a huge difference in pass blocking, where in a man scheme you are responsible for a specific player and in a zone scheme you are responsible for a specific area. Zone schemes in pass blocking are more complex because you need to read the play and react quickly, specifically against stunts, which is where we are having a huge problem up front. I'm also seeing too many plays where an offensive lineman is standing around with no one to block because there is no one in his zone. Meanwhile another lineman is having to block two guys.
It takes a lot longer to get an offensive line playing cohesively in a zone scheme because it not only takes athleticism, but it takes smarts. But to run a man scheme, you need those roadgraders that move people around with power.