Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The Texans didn't run the ball well last night, with their backs taking 29 carries just 85 yards during a win over Denver.
A lot of us were anxious to see the line cut-block for the first time, since it amounted to the unveiling of the zone blocking run scheme installed by Alex Gibbs.
I asked right tackle Eric Winston for his analysis on how it went.
"It looked like they kind of knew that we wanted to come out and establish the run. They played one safety high all game, they were rock and rolling the safeties. SO what are you going to do? We've got certain things we wanted to work on, so maybe in [a real] game we'd go quicker to pass. We're going to try to work on the things we need to work on and at some point in this league you've got to be able to run against an eight-man front, your running back is going to have to make someone miss and get some yards."
"They were definitely coming to make us throw. But at the same time in a preseason game we're going to stick with things we might not during the regular season."
"It's hard right now, it's your first game, you're missing calls. We should have probably had a walk-in there when we kicked a field goal at the end of that drive. I probably messed up a call backside, I probably should have pushed it a little more. That's the thing with this zone scheme, one guy messes up and it's going to leave a guy free. All five guys have got to be doing the same thing, the right thing. These four preseason games are really going to help us get in sync, make sure everyone is on the right body and then I think you'll slowly start seeing improvements, bigger runs."
"It's really easy when you know the guys who are going against you, you know what defense you're about to face as you walk up to the line of scrimmage during practice every day. But they were doing slight things that make changes for us up there. You have to make those adjustments."
"Also, I think people think it's either there or it's not. It really like pounding concrete. You've got to keep hitting it. You keep hitting it and it might not look like anything is there, but over time you develop a crack and then you start plugging it and you're going to start breaking some runs. I think that's really what this zone scheme is all about. You've got to stick with it throughout the game, and if you don't stay out there the whole game then things start changing."
Gibbs now has a lot more to discuss with his guys. He didn't want to wait until Monday for all of it. After the game he was in the locker room for a little while, talking over some piece of what he saw or didn't see with starting center Chris Myers.