Coach Jackson’s Offensive Lineman Manual
Adapted from the St. Norbert College Coaching Staff Offensive Manual
No unit is more important to the overall success of your team than offensive linemen. It takes physical andmental toughness to play on the offensive line, and a tremendous amount of pride because most linemenknow they will never receive the public recognition so many of their teammates will.Our players and coaches hold the offensive linemen in the highest regard. We ask a lot of, and expect a lotfrom them. We know offensively we are only going to be as successful as they will allow us to be.The following is an overview of what we are looking for in a Yellowjacket lineman.
I. GENERAL.A. Philosophy
In order to excel as an Offensive Lineman, the football player must have great discipline, determination,athletic ability, and master basic fundamentals and blocking techniques.There are three basic questions that a lineman must ask himself prior to the snap of the ball:1. Who do I have? The lineman must understand who his basic assignment will be on a given play versus aspecific defense.2. How do I block him? This question pertains to the first steps, aiming points, ball location, and specifictechniques.3. What is the nature of the play? Understanding of the play concept is important here. The lineman mustknow if it is a run or a pass, is he at the point of attack or away from it, is it a finesse play or attack type of play?Intelligent, aggressive line play is vital to the success of a great offensive football team. Each and everylineman should feel that the success of the team is dependent upon his ability to stop the man across him.The mental aspect of the game is what separates the great offensive lineman from the average one.Understanding assignments, techniques, and defensive strategy is critical to success. The ability to visualizeones role within the offensive scheme aids the lineman in his mental preparation. Always picture yourself playing the game in an aggressive, dominant mode with perfect technique and relentless energy.Effective line play begins in the huddle. All players should break from and return to the huddle as quicklyas possible. Focus on the quarterback and begin concentrating on your assignment. Visualize the possibledefenses, adjustments, and line calls. Keep the snap count continually in mind. The snap count is thegreatest advantage a blocker has. If he is slow coming off the ball, or uncertain about anything, he canexpect to get beat.As coaches, we realize that not all players are blessed with great natural ability. But, we expect every player to dedicate himself to being the best he can be. Commitment to physical improvement, mental preparation,and an outstanding work ethic must ever be present.Great football teams may not win every game. However, they are always in position to win. The most basicrule to winning is to never beat yourself. Master the fundamentals, learn your assignments and let the other team break down, or make the mistakes. Remember, most games are lost rather than won.ACT LIKE A WINNER - Prepare, study, learn, work - always work to improve yourself.