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You're on, passing game

As the Official Site notes, the "Passing Game Needs a Lift":

Quarterback Jason Campbell has completed 133-of-228 passes, a 58.3 percent clip, for 1,520 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. He does not have a touchdown pass to a wide receiver yet this season.

His 74.8 passer rating ranks 25th in the NFL...

With the ground game showing signs of improvement last week, coaches hope that defenses will adjust by bringing safeties closer to the line of scrimmage. That should open up the passing game downfield.

Tough to tell; running against the Jets well may or may not be enough to urge future opponents into crowding the line. And we haven't exactly shown any improvement on our own in the passing game, per Hog Heaven:
Net Yards/Pass 6.7 1st Q[quarter grade] A 1st H[alf grade] C+

The entire passing game regressed since the season's first quarter when the Skins averaged 7.8 yards per attempt. You see this in successful passes to the tight end and fullback and less successful passes to wide receivers. The receivers and blockers are the issue here.

Football Outsiders DVOA ranks us 21st rushing, even after the Jets game. None of our running backs impress their metric, either.

The hope is that our meteoric (but perhaps fleeting) improvement running the ball -- and that's such an overstatement -- will have tangential benefits for the passing game. The better question, asked here but answered elsewhere, is how our running game so improved from one week to the next and how we can duplicate that success. Dillweed, as always, is a genius and brilliantly answers, in part, why we were so successful against the Jets. (One reason is because they're the Jets.) Dill to the Weed identified our zone blocking scheme and has it operating successfully on two plays, evidence supported by pictures with helpful diagramming, etc.:

Casey Rabach and Pete Kendall... are going to perform a zone-blocking scheme in which they both double team a defensive lineman with either guy responsible for the linebacker, depending on which gap the linebacker attacks...

Rabach-Kendall double team at the line, with a LB at the second level on Rabach's side. This Rabach-Kendall zone block, along with Samuels sealing out, leads to a nice hole for Portis to run through (in between the two boxes)

The pictures do that explanation a whole lot more justice than the above explanation, so if you want to smell what he's cooking better just head on over to Post Game Heroes. You can find my supportive comments on zone blocking in this space as well, and I'm surprised we don't employ the strategy more. From what the players have said in the past, they love it, Al Saunders likes it, and zone blocking created Clinton Portis. Last year we had a higher YPC after we incorporated more zone blocking.

Reader(s), why not?