ONN – Howie Long On Fox Sports NFL Is Wrong: Zone Blocking Is Part Of West Coast Offense, Not An Offense – vlog by Zennie62 YouTube
On Fox Sports NFL Sunday this morning, and before the L.A. Rams at Green Bay Packers NFL Divisional Playoff Game, former Oakland Raiders Legend and NFL Hall of Famer, Howie Long made a statement about Zone Blocking and the West Coast Offense, that’s factually wrong.
He said that for decades the West Coast Offense was the favored system. He did not complete his thought, but then he said that “Zone Offense” was something that was brought into the league by former Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders Coach Mike Shanahan. That’s wrong.
All one has to do to learn this is go to Google and type “zone blocking west coast offense” to see this. There is no “Zone Offense”, but there is “zone blocking”. As the literature will tell you, the San Francisco 49ers under Bill Walsh and the legendary offensive line coach Bob McKittrick, popularized and refined the use of zone blocking in the 1980s.
Now, why did Howie Long say that? Because his producers told him to. Football strategy at a detailed level is not Mr. Long’s strength. The reason I know is because I talked to him about a particular play approach I thought the Las Vegas Raiders should use when we both were at the Raiders Sponsor Party at CES 2019 at the Skyfall Lounge in the Delano Hotel. It was the same one where I took this photo of myself, Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, and someone who also wanted to be in the photo.
As I drew the play on a napkin, Howie told me that he wasn’t the x and o specialist, or words to that effect. Sadly, for me, the comment stopped what would have been a fun talk about technical football. But that’s my thing; he’s a good man, nonetheless.
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