Monday, January 31, 2011
Oakland may change O-line scheme
By Bill Williamson
It appears for the second time in a year; Bob Wylie will be in charge of moving an AFC West offensive line away from the zone-blocking scheme to the power-blocking scheme.
Oakland just announced that Wylie will coach the offensive line. Former Raiders great Steve Wisniewski was added as assistant offensive line coach last week.
“Bob is a spectacular teacher, motivator and drill sergeant,” Oakland head coach Hue Jackson said in a statement released by the team. “His vast knowledge and experience, including last year with a team in our division, will really help us as we move forward in assembling a good offensive line.”
Wylie coached the offensive line in Denver in 2009. Former coach Josh McDaniels moved away from the zone-blocking scheme that Mike Shanahan used and that McDaniels adopted in 2008. Wylie was not retained by new Denver coach John Fox.
It seems like Oakland will likely make the move to the more traditional power-blocking scheme that Wylie specializes in. Former Oakland coach Tom Cable used a zone-blocking scheme. Cable’s offensive line coaches Jim Michalczik and Chris Morgan will not return, either.
This could mean the Raiders will be looking for some new personnel on the line. Guards Cooper Carlisle and Robert Gallery are better suited for a zone-blocking scheme. Bruce Campbell, who just completed his rookie season will likely get a chance to compete to be a starter. The massive Campbell should translate well to the power-blocking scheme as does left tackle Jared Veldheeer, who just finished his rookie season. Veldheer visited Denver before the draft last year, so Wylie is familiar with him.