Knowshon Moreno is in a great place for his career. Recently Mike Beacom did an article for Sports Illustrated, Rookie Watch: Run friendly system should benefit Denver's Knowshon and it helps accentuate what I have been thinking for a long time. This is a match made in heaven.
The Denver Broncos Zone Blocking Scheme is designed for running backs to head or flow in one direction and make a decisive, one-cut , then head down hill to the second level. If those initial lanes are closed then the running back is taught to cut back to the backside of the play.
Knowshon has spectacular vision, patience, burst and cut back ability. What makes this marriage special is Knowshon has exceptional ellusiveness and in the ZB scheme, often the O-Line will get to the LB's, meaning that if Moreno can make one man miss, he will be off to the races.
Like Clinton Portis, Moreno is quick and ellusive and has the ability make a tackler miss. Like Terrell Davis, Knowshon has the patience and then the burst to run over bigger defenders. Like both of them, his great lateral quickness will aid him when the original hole is clogged.
Some may question his long speed, but at the 2:00 minute mark of the video shows that even if the Corner or Safety catches him, he can't always tackle him.
Aside from the natural ability to run the ball is the fact Moreno is a 3 down back meaning his blocking and catching abilities are good and won't take him off the field.
It's clear to me that Moreno has landed in a great place and is my favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award. Some notables that have been making some positive noise in early camps are Percy Harvin in Minnesota and Bernard Scott in Cincinatti.
In the end, if one of the Quarterbacks like Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez has a 'Matt Ryan' kind of year than it will be pretty hard to not give the award to them but...
Out in the Rockies, there just might be fans who conjure images of two of the best running backs in recent memory, Clinton Portis and Terrell Davis blended into one dynamic back named Knowshon Moreno.