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Before You Push the Panic Button Here Are Stats In Support of the Zone Blocking Scheme

While many here including some of our most followed contibutors to this site are quick to bury the zone blocking scheme before it gets off the ground please take a deep breath and read this. Many believe in spite of this switch to this scheme, barring injury we are penciling Darren McFadden in for 1000 + plus yards and Taiwan Jones for a +5.0 yard per carry average. The main concern many of you have is with our short yardage and goal line situation. True, Michael Bush is not walking through that door as he was paid handsomely by the Bears to do what he's been doing for Oakland, be a backup. However 10 of the last 14 seasons the leading rushing touchdown producer got their numbers behind a zone blocking scheme. Take a look at this.

1997 - Terrell Davis - Denver tied for the league lead with 15 touchdowns (Also led league with 1750 rushing yards)

1998 -Terrell Davis - Denver led league with 21 touchdowns (Had one of greatest seasons in history if you throw in 2008 rushing yards)

2000 - Marshall Faulk - St. Louis led league with 18 touchdowns

2001 - Shaun Alexander - Seattle led league with 14 touchdowns

2002 - Priest Holmes - Kansas City led league with 21 touchdowns (* Same Offensive Scheme as 2000 Marshall Faulk)

2003 - Priest Holmes - Kansas City led league with 27 touchdowns (At the time was an NFL record)

2005 - Shaun Alexander - Seattle tied Holmes' record with 27 touchdowns

2009 - Adrian Peterson - Minnesota led league with 16 touchdowns

2010 - Arian Foster - Houston led league with 16 touchdowns (Also was league leader with 1616 yards, very impressive for an undrafted free agent)

2011 - LeSean McCoy - Philadelphia led league with 17 touchdows

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Also keep in mind Darren McFadden for all his reported struggles in short yardage had 41 rushing touchdowns over the course of a 3-year career at Arkansas. Also as I have mentioned before with his ridiculous physical attributes, expect several goal line and read option packages for Terrell Pryor. If this does not happen this year than I will be in line with the rest of you calling for Greg Knapp's dome at season's end.

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