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We will be seeing a different blocking scheme with the Pack this year. The "stretch" play blocking is out and "pin and pull" blocking is in. Or so OL coach Garrison implies. This facilitates the RPO (run/pass option). With Ryan Finley at QB there wasn't much run in the RPO.
We saw "pin and pull" blocking a lot and it is a nightmare to defend. Remember all the 3rd and longs we faced and couldn't stop? Whatever the defense commits to stopping can be taken advantage of by quarterbacks who can read a defense. Try to stop the pass and you create running lanes with 2 pulling guards leading the play. If the QB keeps and runs add the running back as a lead blocker.
IIRC the Syracuse starting QB was out and the back-up killed us with this scheme.
I suggest googling "pin and pull" and educate yourself. Simply put, the tackles and center "pin" the defender to his "away from direction of play" side. The blocker doesn't have to move the defender just hook up and get in the defender's way. This is the "pin" of "pin and pull" blocking. This is described as an "easy" block. The 2 guards pull to the play side, giving them about 1.5 seconds behind the LOS before they turn up field. Agility and ability to move traits needed in this scheme.
My hope is that by seeing and practicing against it, we will better defend it. If I were defending it I would blitz through the holes the pulling guards leave. Perhaps Garrison will have picked up on some defensive schemes he can pass on. We have picked up a very valuable assent in John Garrison. The dude knows how to coach the OL. IMNSHO there are going to be some surprised opponents and prognosticators this fall.
IMO 1 or 2 or maybe all 3 of our QBs have the skill set to be very effective QBs. I will say that Mckay may have an advantage with the RPO but I don't really know how well either Hockman or Leary run. Leary is 6-2, 205 now which ain't frail. He rushed 36 times for 344 yards and four scores in 11 games his Sr. year of HS.
All 3 QBs were told what they did wrong in the spring and told to fix it over the summer. It's going to be an interesting competition this fall.
This is my analysis. What's urinalysis?