A decade ago, Alex Gibbs was the architect of the Broncos' zone-blocking offensive line.
He was eight seasons into his second stint as the Broncos' offensive line coach, and his name was at the center of any discussion regarding the Broncos' emphasis on controversial cut-blocking techniques. Three teams and multiple retirements -- and un-retirements -- later, Gibbs has scaled back to training offensive linemen for the NFL Draft.
Now 71, Gibbs trains draft-eligible offensive linemen. One of his pupils is Auburn guard Brandon Mosley, who noted that Gibbs had helped correct his stance. Until those recent sessions with Gibbs, Mosley was unaware of any issues in that aspect of his game.
"My pass sets are a lot different from some college teams. The NFL is more of a vertical set. I kind of sat out to about a 45-degree angle," Mosley said at the Scouting Combine, when asked what he'd learned from Gibbs that he'd never been taught before. "We work on three-point stances, too, and we never did that at Auburn."