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Counting System for O-Line

Counting System for O-Line

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Counting System
"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.
Counting Stacks
 When counting stacked defenders (a linebacker right behind a downdefender), the down defender gets counted first. Here are some examplescounting to the right.
Identifying #0
 As mentioned earlier, the center's job is to identify and block #0.Generally speaking, #0 is going to be a defender in the "Center Box"responsible for the play side A Gap. If there is no one is the "CenterBox", #0 is going to be the first down lineman to the play side. (In theexamples below, the linemen will be zoning to the right.)

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