I read a quote from long-time NFL scout Ken Herock today and it got me to thinking. The quote is
"There are things you can do with [Tebow] that they did years ago. When Len Dawson was the quarterback at Kansas City they had the moving pocket. They could so something like that with Tebow."
Here is the link for anyone who missed it. (Link) I looked into what the heck Ken was talking about, and I have some interesting tidbits for you. I'm interested in anything that could make our team better, and so I submit for your consideration..."The Moving Pocket."
I did some research online and found next to nothing about what a "moving pocket" actually is. I assume it is exactly what it sounds like, but I couldn't find any decent videos (only some Madden screen capture junk) or descriptions (booo Wikipedia) of how it works. The basic theory seems to be that certain routes are only open from certain angles in a "traditional" pocket. By changing the location of the pocket, the offense would change the angles off the pass and make it very difficult to defend. If anyone has any more information on this then please feel free to share.
Initially, I liked what I readabout the moving pocket, because it seems to benefit mobile quarterbacks (TT) and allow them to pass the ball effectively. We have a relatively light and fast offensive line who is very mobile, so that would be a plus in this scenario. However, I do have a couple of concerns too. This system was used back in Super Bowl 4. It's old as dirt. Has the NFL "figured it out" already? Keep in mind though, that the option is also a somewhat "dated" style of running game...and we beat people to death with it this year. "Old" doesn't necessarily mean "bad." My second concern is how effective the "moving pocket" would be against a zone defense. I can see where it could work against man-to-man coverage if the defender isn't playing the ball, but I don't know if it would help/hinder against zone coverage.
I believe we have some of the universe's most intelligient and educated football minds right here at MHR and I'd love to get some feedback on this. So how about it? Also, is anyone here old enough to have seen the "moving pocket" in person? KaptainKirk? :-) I kid Sensei...I kid.