The Raiders’ offensive line is a bad outside zone blocking team. It really is as simple as that. They can’t do it. They’re not built for it.
But hiring Cable makes me seriously question if there’s illumination.
Is Gruden trying to fit a square pegs into a round holes?
The Raiders offensive line is built for power — they are old-school, and that means they want to push up the field, not press laterally (as is asked in a zone).
This was a concern when Gruden was hired. Gruden is a longtime proponent of zone blocking (as most all West Coast Offense disciples are) but I gave the Raiders’ new coach the benefit of the doubt when he said that he would take a look at the Raiders’ personnel and build a system around the team’s strengths.
Not because of Cable and the Raiders’ history — I don’t care about that — but because of the work Cable has done since being fired as the Raiders’ head coach at the end of the 2010 season.