lb., get wide, explode off theball, and try to beat the offensivelinemen to the outside.The mistake the offensive line-men makes is trying to step out andfront the defense. If he doesn'tkeep his shoulders square to theline, the defensive end will duckinside him so fast it will make hishead swim. The offensive linemengives ground, gets one hand on thedefensive end, keeps his shoulderssquare to the line, and waits forthe inside move. If the defensivelinemen starts to go by the offen-sive linemen to the outside at thelast minute, he turns, gets bothhands on him and rides him past thequarterback.
In the initialcharge the offensive linemen wantsto get his hands up and keep hisknees bent. The first move it topop up, not out. When he comes outrather than up, he is lugging andoff balance. He keeps his hands upand arms in tight.
The offensivelinemen want to deliver a blow, getseparation, recoil, and hit again.
They want to keep their feetmoving and never cross them.Before we get into the blockingscheme, let me say something aboutcoaching the quarterback. It hasbeen my experience that there areonly
things you want to dowith a quarterback. When we getthem we don't try to change theirdeliver of the ball or try to dothings differently with them. Wejust hope their coach in highschool got them started right. Thefirst thing we try to coach is
keep the elbow above the shoulder.
Make sure when he releases theball his thumb is down.
The bestway to coach the next point is totell the quarterback when throwingthe ball to expose their numbers tothe target. This gives good hip andshoulder rotation. Another way tosay it is the ball never crossesthe face.
Proper foot work isimportant in setting to throw theball. Don't over stride in throwingthe ball.
They have to relaxbefore they throw. If the quarter-back holds on to the ball too long,he locks his front knee and throwsthe ball into the ground. He has torelax, keep his feet moving and hisknees flexed.The next thing I want to show youis on our protection. We see anawful lot of-"~ickel overages." Werun a lot of different formationsand do the same thing from them. Weseries our passes. Our
Series isa five step drop back pass for us.The
Series is our quick passinggame. Our
Series is a weak sideattack. The
Series areroll out passes. We want to blockbig on big as our primary rule.Since we are looking at an even manfront in this example we will be in,a zone protection scheme. The cen-ter makes a call because we have
potential rushers on the weak sideof the set. The running back andcenter have to block weak side onthe linebacker and Nickel back. Thecenter and weak side guard combi-nation block on the down man andlinebacker for any stunt they mayrun. The running back is going totake the Nickel back if he comesand release if he doesn't come. Thefullback is going to do the samething with the inside linebacker tothe strong side. On some plays wegive the fullback a free release.That means he is going to run apattern even if his linebackercomes. In that case we adjust theline blocking to block the blitzinglinebacker or read him and hotrelease the ball to the fullback.There are
things toconsider when you set up yourpassing attack. Against a zonedefense, make sure you have astretch in the defense. We want ahorizontal as well as
verticalstretch. The hardest thing to teacha wide receiver is to get depth.Ifyour pattern is a
yard curlor come back, you will have more
yard patterns than anythingelse. Don't let your receivers runthose short patterns. The defenseis trying to bump and knock themoff their patterns. They have tofight through those things and getthe depth to get the stretch in the