Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
This. He doesn't belong in a zone blocking system, his change of direction and cutting ability is s**t, he needs some maulers in front of him where he can get a full head of steam, get into the second level and start running people over. Thinking about him running behind the 49ers OL damn near gives me a woody, he's the sort of power back this team has been looking for, just the same way that the Bills basically gave away Marshawn Lynch and he went to a system better suited for skills, Richardson could be an impact runner behind the right OL.
Don't get me wrong. I love to see a good zone blocking scheme function but it's very chaotic system. The "zone" is not obvious in that your reading the motion of the Oline/Dline, and essentially guessing on how the blocks will develop.
Trent clearly doesn't look comfortable, and a couple of rushes he had the zone figured out, but he would just hesitate that extra second that leads to just a 4-5 yard run opposed to a 1st down run.
If all he had to do was read his edge and lead blocks then he wouldn't be hesitating. He would be picking a full head of steam, and trucking through secondaries. Hopefully he goes to a power running system when his rookie contract is up or just get traded to the Niners.
He would be so ridiculous in this run offense. I mean he would put the rushing attack over the top.