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Rams are expected to hire Kevin Carberry as offensive line coach - ProFootballTalk (nbcsports.com)

Rams are expected to hire Kevin Carberry as offensive line coach
Posted by Myles Simmons on February 21, 2021

The Rams have found a replacement for Aaron Kromer.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports Los Angeles is expected to hire Stanford run game coordinator Kevin Carberry as their offensive line coach.

Carberry has spent the last three seasons with Stanford, but he was previously an assistant in the NFL. He was Washington’s assistant offensive line coach from 2016-2017 and an offensive assistant with the Cowboys from 2014-2015. He worked alongside Rams head coach Sean McVay in Washington during the 2016 season.

Kromer and the Rams mutually agreed to part ways earlier this week, making him the seventh assistant coach to depart the franchise this offseason. Kromer had been with L.A. since McVay’s arrival in 2017 as the club’s offensive line coach. The Rams added run game coordinator to his title in 2018.

Kromer’s son, Zak, remains on the staff as an offensive quality control coach.
 

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Rams expected to hire Stanford’s Kevin Carberry as OL coach (usatoday.com)
Rams to hire Stanford's Kevin Carberry as OL coach
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The #Rams are expected to hire Stanford run game coordinator Kevin Carberry as offensive line coach, source said. Carberry worked with Sean McVay in Washington. He replaces Aaron Kromer.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 21, 2021
The Los Angeles Rams have found their replacement for Aaron Kromer after his surprising departure from Sean McVay’s coaching staff. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Rams are expected to hire Stanford’s Kevin Carberry as their offensive line coach.

Carberry most recently worked as Stanford’s run game coordinator but worked on the same coaching staff as McVay in Washington when the two were together in 2016. McVay was the offensive coordinator in Washington that year, while Carberry was the assistant offensive line coach.

Carberry was at Stanford for three seasons, where he was also the Cardinal’s offensive line coach. In his first season in 2018, Stanford had two All-Pac 12 selections on its offensive line. The following year, there was far more shuffling that took place up front, with four true freshmen starting at least one game.

This past season, Stanford scored 15 rushing touchdowns in only six games played, with starting center Drew Dalman being an All-Pac 12 selection. Carberry is regarded as a good O-line coach and is returning to the NFL by reuniting with McVay in L.A.
 

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I like the potential there. He's helped develop young guys in college and Stanford has had a decent rushing offense. He's coached with McVay before so should be easy transition to what he wants to do. Perhaps McVay just wants to change the fundamentals of the running game and Kromer wasn't on board with doing that. Who knows but McVay seems to have a vision and I can't wait to see it play out.
 

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I know very little of Run Coordinator OL coach Kevin Carberry. I do know he is a West Coast Offense disciple & worked under Bill Callahan.

I thought that David Shaw's offense was known for its time-consuming, power-running game.
 

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KEVIN CARBERRY

  • TITLE Assistant Coach • Run Game Coordinator • Offensive Line



Kevin Carberry enters his fourth season on The Farm in 2021 as Stanford’s offensive line coach and running game coordinator.

In his third season, the Cardinal run game finally began to take shape behind a retooled and healthy offensive line. Stanford started the same offensive line combination in all six games, a welcome development following Carberry's first two seasons.

Senior center Drew Dalman anchored the line, earning first team All-Pac-12 recognition. Walter Rouse also earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors from his left tackle spot.

The Cardinal scored 15 rushing touchdowns in just six games during the 2020 campaign, a marked improvement from rushing for just eight touchdowns in 12 games during 2019. The Cardinal as much-improved on third down (48% in 2020 vs. 39% in 2019) and red-zone offense (78% TDs in 2020 vs. 47% TDs in 2019).

In his second season, Stanford started six different offensive line combinations, losing three week one starters to season-ending injuries. Four true freshmen started at least one game, including three for each of the final six games of the season. C Drew Dalman led the group in starting all 12 games to earn All-Pac-12 second team honors, while RT Foster Sarell earned honorable mention after starting 11 games.

Freshman LT Walter Rouse played in all 12 games and started the final 11 after All-American Walker Little was injured in the season opener. Barrett Miller started the final eight games of the season at left guard and Jake Hornibrook the final six at right guard. Branson Bragg also started a game at right tackle before suffering a season-ending injury.

In his first season at Stanford, the Cardinal boasted two All-Conference performers on the offensive line, as Walker Little took first-team All-Pac 12 honors while Nate Herbig was a second team selection. Herbig signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent following the season and was on the Eagles 53-man roster for much of the 2019 season.

The Cardinal offensive line was riddled with injuries throughout the season, as Carberry was forced to employ eight different starting combinations throughout the season.

Carberry spent the 2016-17 seasons as the assistant offensive line coach with the Washington Redskins and the 2014-15 seasons as an offensive assistant with the Dallas Cowboys.

While with the Redskins, Carberry and offensive line coach Bill Callahan presided over one of the league’s top units, producing two Pro Bowlers (tackle Trent Williams and guard Brandon Scherff) for the Redskins for the first time since 1991. The unit helped power the Redskins to the third-ranked offense in the NFL, allowing the team to average more than 400 yards per game for the first time in team history, while allowing only 23 sacks -- fourth in the NFL.

The tutelage and guidance of Carberry and Callahan were paramount in helping the Redskins offense overcome a season-long rash of injuries and still average nearly 325 yards/game in 2017. The Redskins used 36 unique groups of offensive linemen (including seven different combinations of six-lineman groupings), as well as eight different starting lineups along the offensive line. Members of the unit were once again honored for their excellence, as Scherff earned his second Pro Bowl selection and Williams earned his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl nod despite battling a year-long knee injury. Together, Scherff and Williams became the first Redskins offensive line duo collectively named to the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons since the 1983-86 seasons.

Carberry was key in the development of sixth-round draft pick Chase Roullier in Washington. As a rookie, Roullier played in 13 games while making seven starts.

In Dallas, Carberry assisted Mike Pope in coaching the tight ends in 2015, when Jason Witten led the team in receptions with 77 and finished second with 713 receiving yards. Carberry also aided in the development of rookie Geoff Swaim. The Cowboys finished fifth in the NFL in rushing yards/attempt (4.6).

In 2014, Carberry assisted Callahan with the offensive line. The Cowboys won their first NFC East title since 2009 and finished second in the NFL in rushing (147.1) with running back DeMarco Murray leading the league in rushing and setting a franchise record with 1,845 yards.

Carberry spent the first five seasons of his coaching career at the collegiate level, serving as a defensive graduate assistant at Kansas (2009-11) and coaching defensive ends at Stephen F. Austin (2012-13). He helped the Lumberjacks defense lead the Southland Conference with 31.0 sacks in 2012 and he also assisted coaching special teams. At Kansas, he coached with the defensive line and outside linebackers.

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Carberry attended training camps of the Cleveland Browns (2005) and Carolina Panthers (2006) and spent the 2005 season on the practice squad of the Detroit Lions. He also played for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe in the spring of 2006. From 2007-08, he played in the Arena Football League for the New York Dragons and Philadelphia Soul and was a member of the Soul’s 2008 Arena Bowl Championship squad.

Carberry also coached during his playing career, serving as the defensive coordinator, defensive line and inside linebackers coach at St. Ignatius College Prep (Ill.), during his AFL years in 2007-08. In 2006, he was a varsity assistant for Illinois state champion St. Rita High School, his alma mater.

Carberry, a four-year letterman at Ohio, earned All-MAC honors as senior team captain. The defensive lineman graduated from Ohio in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and earned his master’s in sports administration from Kansas in 2010.

Carberry is married to his wife, Emily. The couple has one son, Frank, and one daughter, Elizabeth.

 

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SeasonProgramPosition
2018-presentStanfordRun Game Coordinator • Offensive Line
2016-17Washington RedskinsAssistant Offensive Line
2014-15Dallas CowboysOffensive Assistant
2012-13Stephen F. AustinDefensive Ends
2009-11KansasGraduate Assistant
2007-08St. Ignatius College PrepDefensive Coordinator • Special Teams Coordinator
 

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Rams expected to hire Stanford assistant Kevin Carberry as OL coach

Sean McVay is calling on a familiar face to revamp his offensive line.

The Rams are expected to hire Stanford assistant Kevin Carberry as their OL coach, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. The move reunites McVay and Carberry, who was an assistant offensive line coach in Washington the last year McVay was the offensive coordinator there.

That 2016 unit was one of the league's best, finishing third in yards, fifth in offensive DVOA and producing a pair of Pro Bowl linemen. Carberry remained in Washington a season beyond McVay, working with current Rams OC Kevin O'Connell and tight ends coach Wes Phillips. He's spent the past three years in Stanford, serving as the OL coach and running game coordinator.

Carberry replaces longtime assistant Aaron Kromer, who was the OL coach on McVay's initial L.A. staff and had also been the team's running game coordinator since 2018. The Rams improved up front and as a rushing outfit in 2020 but saw their scoring drop for the second consecutive season.

 

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McVay has enjoyed an amazing string of good asst coaching hires, marred only by Bonamego.

I see no reason to expect different from this Carberry hire.
You got it @Rams43 I had a feeling McVay was going to dip in the college ranks and Carberry obviously is that guy and had to adapt & improvise this year as he was without his stud LT Walker Little who opted out in 2020.....FWIW all you draftniks @jrry32 @OldSchool @8to12 @Memento Walker Little's Prospect Comparison....Andrew Whitworth!

 

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Read an article that says he and McVay worked together in Washington when Washington had one of the better offensive lines in the nfl. Makes you wonder about how offensive line scheming plays into a coach's play calling. Mcvay might be looking for a guy that coaches the line specifically for how he wants to draw up plays. Maybe it was Mcvay that parted with Kromer and not the other way around.
 
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I don't know how this will help continuity but it certainly might be a little rough going at the beginning of the season.

But.... our o-line could end up a lot better than ours did in our last playoff game.

Let's continue hoping that the Boy Genius is a boy genius. :biggrin:
 

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FWIW Carberry runs a ZBS as he coached under Bill Callahan in Washington & Dallas...Some information on the ZBS:

Zone Blocking in the Running Game
In the running game a ZBS is ideal for a team with quick athletic linemen. It’s no longer about just blocking the guy in front of you and many times requires you to block the guy in front of someone else.

The first task of an offensive lineman is to identify whether he is “covered” or “uncovered”. This will determine exactly who the offensive lineman will block. Whether an offensive lineman is covered or not is based on the direction of the play and the technique (or positioning) of the defensive linemen.

For instance, if the play is going left and the center (Travis Frederick) has a defender lined up on his left shoulder (the direction of the play) he is “covered”. So in this case when the play begins Frederick will block this DT lined up over his left shoulder. Easy enough, right?

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) tackles Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Here’s the twist. If that same DT lines up directly over Travis Fredericks head in the zero technique (rather than the left shoulder) the assignment can change and just because he’s now 8 inches to the right, he is no longer Fredericks blocking assignment. With 1 DT in zero technique, now say a second defensive lineman is lined up directly over the left Guard. Travis Frederick would be responsible to block that player over the left guard rather than the player directly over him. It sounds strange but think of it like this:


The offensive line is required to flow in the direction the ball is moving. Who they block depends on the positioning of the defense. So the offense could run the exact same running play two times in a row and the offensive linemen could block entirely different players both times. That is because the defense dictates how they will be blocked and by whom.

What this does is it opens multiple running lanes as the play develops. The runner is required to run patiently and find the right lane to burst through. Often times a cutback lane becomes available because of over-pursuit and cunning offensive linemen using a defenders speed and aggressiveness against him.

In 2012 the Dallas Cowboys were frequently beaten at the point of contact. 8 out of 10 times the Cowboys line was manhandled by their opponent across from them. Playing a ZBS can tip the balance back in the offenses favor if executed properly because it doesn’t relay solely upon strength.

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws in the pocket as center Ryan Cook (63) blocks against Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton (98) at Cowboys

Zone Blocking against the Blitz
Zone Blocking is often times more effective against the blitz too. In a typical Man Blocking Scheme, running a stunt or blitz can be extremely difficult to handle. Last season defenses knew this so they frequently blitzed and stunted (up the middle mostly) against the Cowboys. With a ZBS even the most exotic blitzes can be effectively handled. The offensive lineman is responsible for blocking a zone and if two players blitz through the zone it no longer ends in certain tragedy.

As long as the ZBS is executed correctly it can succeed. TE’s are required to double team, seal the edge on the backside, and get downfield to block the next level. ZBS is ideal for a 2 TE offense because of the versatility they provide. Everyone’s assignment is based on what the defense does so it’s inevitably adaptable. Pre-snap it looks the exact same as a MBS so the defense isn’t sure what to expect until it’s already happening.