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Can The Steelers Be More Run Balanced Directionally In 2013 With More Zone Blocking?

The Pittsburgh Steelers have predominantly been a heavy right handed running team over the course of the last several season, but in 2012 they were extremely right handed and really just a team that ran between the two guards.

If you look at the table below, which runs from the left side to the right side, you will see that only 4% of all combined rushes went off left end and that only 7% of all rushes went to left tackle.

To better illustrate the numbers, 71% of all of the Steelers runs last year went between the two guards and that was easily the highest percentage off all teams in 2012. In addition, 72% of all rushes went from either up the middle or to the right and this ranked them behind only the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets accordingly.

In 2012, the Kansas City Chiefs only ran 49% of the time between the two guards and this is of course where new Steelers offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. coached last season. Bicknell is expected to implement more of the zone blocking scheme with the Steelers in 2013, and along with rookie running back Le\’Veon Bell, we hope to see not only an improved running attack this year, but a more balanced one directionally.

The table below should be sortable.

——–Left End———Left Tackle——Left Guard——Middle———–Right Guard—-Right Tackle—-Right End

TM#%AV#%AV#%AV#%AV#%AV#%AV#%AV
ARI3310%5.27422%2.6185%3.412035%2.5134%6.55015%3.13510%4.9
ATL6016%3.73610%3.23911%4.47320%3.63911%3.25515%4.16217%4.8
BAL5212%5.85012%4.49122%4.26716%4.36014%4.86315%3.4399%4.3
BUF266%4.95112%6.64911%6.416739%4.96716%3.64911%5.2225%6.6
CAR8519%6.55111%4.86715%3.612127%3.54710%3.6194%3.35913%7.1
CHI5512%4.55111%3.86013%3.39020%5.16514%4.66815%3.66114%6.5
CIN4311%3.64912%3.84812%4.210927%3.66015%5.24912%4.34712%3.8
CLE349%6.46417%3.06818%3.86617%3.68923%4.34913%3.6164%5.3
DAL4413%4.64112%5.23811%3.18425%3.84313%3.34914%2.93912%4.2
DEN276%4.06113%4.05011%3.215434%4.16113%3.86815%2.7358%7.9
DET3810%4.77118%4.2154%4.913736%3.7185%4.06316%4.34211%5.2
GB6816%4.55012%2.3379%3.98821%4.44411%4.94411%3.28320%5.3
HOU8217%4.98417%3.65712%3.39319%4.3469%3.97315%5.95511%4.7
IND8921%5.35112%4.4297%4.016940%3.2174%4.0266%4.3399%6.3
JAC4513%5.1216%4.4319%3.117049%3.9257%3.0206%4.33811%4.0
KC8517%7.0459%3.0337%3.815231%4.05211%5.97515%4.24810%6.3
MIA4812%6.96415%5.14812%3.512330%3.8399%4.16315%3.6317%4.9
MIN6113%6.0358%6.95111%5.017337%4.44710%5.85011%7.74911%8.8
NE5411%5.26713%4.49719%3.812324%4.26813%3.95010%4.3489%4.8
NO4513%6.53410%4.17521%3.76117%5.18223%3.3329%3.2288%5.9
NYG5514%6.66717%3.56817%4.36617%5.25313%6.24912%4.2379%4.2
NYJ367%4.14710%3.5439%3.421244%3.7459%3.66914%4.5316%6.1
OAK6518%3.06117%4.0308%2.57220%4.1308%2.85716%4.85214%4.7
PHI9624%5.25013%3.3174%3.36416%4.3297%2.64612%3.89825%5.7
PIT174%7.7297%4.86516%3.212732%3.49423%3.24311%4.6266%5.7
SD4812%4.05213%2.9318%3.812632%3.94311%4.45514%4.2379%2.8
SEA5711%5.511021%5.5479%4.010420%4.6469%3.410120%4.95210%7.2
SF10322%6.46414%5.44610%4.211825%4.9398%4.24610%4.05211%7.7
STL4111%5.45815%5.2277%4.210427%3.74010%3.78823%4.0328%8.8
TB4712%4.57118%6.87318%4.210626%4.05113%5.4359%4.9215%2.5
TEN4011%5.73510%4.05014%5.712735%5.03710%4.04412%5.13510%2.0
WAS13126%6.85912%4.3449%5.26513%5.1398%4.45210%3.811523%6.2
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