"If you can count to 3, you can play offensive line."
The counting system is very important when it comes to running any type ofzone play (run or pass). When running a zone play, the counting systemtells the offensive line who they are suppose to block and thecovered/uncovered system tells them how they are suppose to block. Thecounting system ensures that every defender is accounted for in theblocking scheme. When adding the counting system to a zone system, itreally only puts a burden on the Center to recognize and call out #0. Itis very important for the center to be a smart leader because he issetting the blocking schemes on majority of the plays. The rest of theblockers (offensive line and tight-ends) only have to count out from #0.
How the Counting System Works?
The counting system is very simple. First, the center has to identify andblock #0. Everyone else just counts out from #0 and blocks their man. Theguards will have the first guy outside of the center's guy (#1), thetackles will have the second guy outside of the center's guy (#2), and thetight-ends will have the third guy outside of the center's guy (#3). #4can be accounted for in several different ways, likepush-cracking withthe wide receivers, aligning an extra tight-end to the play side, etc.
Man Blocking Rules
Center - Identify and Block #0
Guards - Block #1
Tackles - Block #2
Tight-ends - Block #3Here is a basic example with a balanced 2 tight-end set against a 34 Oddfront.