Bills center Eric Wood joined Mike Schopp and The Bulldog as part of a Sabres-game-delayed "Football Monday" on WGR-550 AM on Tuesday afternoon. Wood discussed the intricacies of the zone blocking scheme, his thoughts on the Bills' success within the scheme and a postmortem on the Bengals game. Wood also chatted about the importance of having a "next man up" philosophy while also being focused on maintaining the standard for a starter with the replacement player.
Wood finished the conversation focused on the current furor over the anthem, and his thoughts as to why the president would want the debate to continue.
Wood - "It's in there – we are capable of running the ball well...ultimately we gotta start eliminating guys we are blocking."
Wood - "This year when we do our wide zone plays, we want everyone moving laterally ... as soon as one guy gets walled off, the cut back is there."
Wood - "Maybe we don't have another guy as good as Jordan, but we have a guy who's really fast and we put him in to stretch to field ... It's always tough losing good players like Jordan Matthews and Charles Clay."
0:00-5:00: Bengals Post-mortem
5:00-12:00: Nuances of wide zone scheme vs prior blocking methods with other coordinators
12:30-15:00: "Next man up" philosophy for losses of Clay and Matthews
15:20-20:00: Wood discussion of anthem protests, the president and where NFL will go from here