According to Mark Kaboly of the Trib, the Steelers have used the outside zone blocking scheme just once. For just one play in two games.
What’s the logic behind that? I've got it narrowed down:
*The Steelers' young offensive linemen are too dumb to learn it.
*The Steelers' young offensive linemen aren't as quick and agile as was thought, or is required.
*Steelers' offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. isn't good at teaching it.
*It was a smokescreen from the beginning, designed to justify personnel changes on the offensive line and to placate fans who want something different after a disappointing 8-8 season.
That's it. That's the list. I can’t come up with another logical possibility.
It's just another gooey blob to plop atop a pile of ineptitude far too big for this early in the season.
Outside zone blocking was a big selling point for the potential improvement of the offense. Now it appears to have been abandoned with nary an explanation. A training camp plus four preseason games is more than enough time for implementation.
Either the Steelers can't do it, or realize it won't help. Either way, they F'd up.
EXCLUSIVE: I have posted secretly-taped footage of the Steelers practicing outside zone blocking. Enjoy!