The Piitsburgh Steelers will be switching to the zone blocking scheme in 2013 with new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. Bicknell is coming over from a Kansas City Chiefs team that averaged 4.8 yards a carry and ranked 5th in rushing in 2012.
Second year guard David DeCastro says the switch is a smooth transition because he ran this scheme during his collegiate days at Stanford. “We did it at Stanford, and we were a big gap team like the Steelers are,” DeCastro said. “We’ve got the guys to do it. It just takes practice like anything else. We’ll be good.” DeCastro tells Alan Robinson of Trib Live.
Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell ran behind an offensive line that used the zone blocking scheme in college. Bell of course had a great college career at Michigan State rushing for 33 touchdowns in 40 career games.
Another player that has commented on the scheme is pro browl center Maurkice Pouncey. Pouncey, a three-time pro bowler, was asked by head coach Mike Tomlin to become a leader on the team. When asked about the new scheme in Pittsburgh by ESPN’s David Todd, Pouncey said, “I think it’s easy for me and especially the older guys we got,” said Pouncey. “We all are trying to win out here and going 8-8 last year sticks on us really, really hard. I think it brings a lot of good things to the offensive line and I think we need it.”
As the third and final practice of the week rolls on today on the South Side in Pittsburgh, there is already some familiarity with the scheme which is always a good thing. As more news comes out today, we will have it here!