step out properly, I keep workingwith them on it. We are alwaysworking to get them off the ball allyear.
Linemen, who can get their second step down before their opponent,will win the 1-on-1 battle
. I used to get really intimidated by thisstatement and tried to make thistechnique simple. I do not thinkoffensive line play is ascomplicated or as intimidating as itappears to be. There are situationsthat come up that you are not goingto be able to solve. I will admitthe fact that I cannot answer thatquestion and go on. We work all blocks on the
. We very seldom see defenderslined up on us head-up. Most timesthey are on our outside shoulder ina shade technique. Our first step isa six-inch step with the near foot.The second step must be a long stepto split the stance of the defender.TANDEM BLOCK We use our hands and arms to ripthrough the defender to stand him up. We are working with theoffensive linemen next to him and heis doing the same thing. All of ourlinemen are working in stacks orcombination blocks. We work on thefirst two steps all year. When wewatch the game film and our practicefilm that is the one thing I lookat.If the defender gets his second stepdown before the offensive man does,he is going to move the blocker and stand him up. If the blocker getshis second step down before thedefender does, he will stand thedefensive man up on his second step.Our kids understand our approach tothe offensive line techniques. Ifthey can understand what we aretrying to accomplish, the rest iscommon sense. Once they understand what we want, and then see it in afilm and see the success once theytake the proper steps, then they believe in it.This has been proven to me by pastexperience in working with our kids. When our linemen get off the balland get those steps down quick, and then punch the defensive lineman,they start moving people. What is sohard to teach is that second step.They usually get hit before they canget the second step down and theyget rocked back into their stance.This is what I am talking about whenI say we want to get the kids offthe ball in the summertime. In thesummer workouts they have a tendencyto come off the line like sprinters.They come out high and they havetheir feet close together. They donot come off the first steps as ifthey are blocking someone. I get therubbers between their feet and Iwork on them staying low to high. Ido this even when they are workingagainst air. They like to rise uphigh and run. That is not how theyare going to come off the ball in agame. They must come out low and thetarget is going to be right in frontof them.
Our running game is an offensive priority
. I do not think high schoolkids are skilled enough to be in anexclusive passing game offense. Evenif we do employ the four wide-outsets, we still work the runninggame. We run the stretch, trap,speed option, and other plays. Weare a run offense. We try to run the ball on everyone. We never abandon