Texans cut blocking scheme

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  1. MrTibbs

    MrTibbs Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    This made me remember what made the old Broncos run game so good. The legal but cheap use of cut blocking. This article is from last season but they still use the same blocking tactics.

    Cut-blocking is legal, but is it ethical? - Houston Chronicle

    "The Jacksonville Jaguars won't be the last team to complain about the Texans playing dirty.

    If you watch the Texans play, every few plays you will see one of their offensive linemen - perhaps 6-4, 310-pound Wade Smith, 6-7, 302-pound Eric Winston or perhaps 6-5, 300-pound Mike Brisiel - prepare to take on a defender in hand-to-hand, chest-to-chest football combat.

    May the strongest man win? Not exactly.

    Instead, the Texans on occasion choose to go low, attempting to knock the defender off his feet by throwing a block at his knees. That is a cut block.

    By NFL rules, as long as it is done in the "close line" zone (between the tackles and within 3 yards of each side of the line of scrimmage) it is legal. Defensive players have always questioned whether legal is ethical."
  2. MrTibbs

    MrTibbs Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    Oh and a bit of Karma here.....

    Texans linebacker Brian Cushing's season ended by a cut block, but move is still legal - ESPN The Magazine - ESPN

    "THE MOST TELLING part of linebacker Brian Cushing's season-ending knee injury on Oct. 8 was the deafening silence afterward. Cushing, Houston's 2011 MVP, was the fiery leader of a swarming, stingy defense that made the team an early Super Bowl favorite. He was felled on a low blindside block by Jets guard Matt Slauson that later cost Slauson a $10,000 fine."

    "So why not just outlaw blocks below the knees? It's tricky, but teams really don't want the tactic to go away. That's because cut blocking works -- especially in Houston, where the coaches forbid the move in practice but use it in games. "The Texans couldn't say a damn word about what happened to Cushing because they cut more than anyone in the league," says former NFL lineman and cut-block aficionado Ross Tucker, now an analyst for ESPN.com and NBC Sports Network."
  3. IllegalContact

    IllegalContact Pro Bowl Player

    it all comes around........nobody has an upper hand in any way for very long
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