Offensive Line Requirements1.
Control and/or get movement ondefensive lineman.
Stretch defenders east and west tocreate seams and running lanes.
Get to the point of attack.
Come off the ball with short steps andflat backs.
Keep hips and shoulders square.
Maintain proper splits: two feet-twofeet-three feet.
Take proper aiming points and hitlandmarks, the playside number.
Running Back Requirements1 .
Align with heels at six-and-a-halfyards.
Footwork — open, crossover, plant,and square shoulders to line of scrimmage.
One yard behind originalalignment of tight end.
Keys:Primary key — run off blocking of firstdown defender (Diagrams 4 thru 7).Secondary key — next adjacent defend-er on line of scrimmage.
Runningback can and must helplinemen.•Move the linebackers — run a disci-plined track.•Press the hole — B gap.•Patience! It’s not the speed to thehole, but the speed through the hole.
In my opinion the biggest mistake acoach makes is to draw the runningbackcourse as a cutback (Diagram 8).
Open with depth to five or seveno’clock with ball seated.
Get the ball to the runningback asdeep as possible. The runningback mustpress the “B gap” (Diagram 9).
Always carry out a good boot fake.
Wide Receiver Requirements1.
Man block — stalk or run off the corners.In our inside zone blocking, our linemanmust know:• Rule — block playside gap — eithercovered or uncovered.•Technique — stretch base.•Proper fundamentals.•If offensive lineman to your inside iscovered (ex. 5 & 9 technique), the offensiveguard-offensive tackle are the tandem andthe tight end is “manned-up.” His techniqueis to “base block.” The defender and hislandmark tighten down to the defender’ssternum because he has no inside help.Our inside zone utilizes power zoneblocking schemes, and we talk in terms ofoffensive linemen/tight end being coveredor uncovered. Defensive front recognitionand communication between linemen/tightend(s) is essential to insure everyone is onthe same page and to correctly identifytandems. The coaching points and tech-niques coached and executed up front arethe same from position to position. Thisenables us to effectively interchange per-sonnel within our offensive linemen andallows us to rep and coach five, six, orseven positions simultaneously dependingon personnel. Due to the nature of this play,we consider everyone up front to be point-of-attack blockers. We do not “butt block”on this play.
Covered Blocker vs. Down Defender
•The covered blocker’s rule is to stretchbase the defender using a 4-6 inch quicklead step with the outside foot. The width orangle of the first step is determined by thealignment of the defender.The wider thedefender, the wider the first step. As a gen-eral rule, we want the first step to be slight-ly wider than the defender’s outside foot.This opens our hips to the target.•The second step with the inside foot isin the crotch of the defender and is also ashort 4-6 inch step.•The third step is a width step. It isimportant to press the defender and staysquare. This widens or stretches him.• Our landmark and contact point isnose and eyes to the playside number withour inside hand contacting the opponent’ssternum. We are going to get movement offthe ball and/or widening and stretching bythe defender to create wider running lanes.We must deliver a blow by cocking ourelbow tips and punching the defender’sbreastplate as we come off the ball.• If the defender widens, stay squareand continue to widen and stretch him.
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