Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 9/18/12

Arian Foster elevates the Houston Texans zone blocking scheme, but everyone wants to criticize how much he really contributes to the system. The zone blocking scheme implemented by the Houston Texans offense is a system that is more driven by the play of the offensive line than the running back, but Arian Foster has made the system work to its highest potential. Most running backs in a zone blocking scheme are known as system running backs rather than being able to go out on another team and succeed. Which is why a lot of running backs in the system became one hit wonders at running back for any given year. Under Mike Shanahan who implements the zone blocking scheme on almost every team he’s coached, who was the coach who mentored Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak in his days with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos had many running backs that seemed to come and go every year.… Read more

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