• Pull the correct “tool” out of the box.•Communicate with your teammates.• Know the snap count.•EXPLODE...DRIVE...FINISH.Proper alignment is another element thatis vital to the proper execution of ouroffense, especially with the option phase ofour game. Our guards always maintain atwo foot split in order for our fullback to havea constant take-off point in our option. Thetackles adjust their splits from three to fivefeet in order to create the best possibleblocking angles and running lanes.While we also seek to create goodblocking angles in our companion runningplays and in our passing game, for the pur-pose of this article I will focus on our insideveer option, which we run to both thestrong and weak sides. As stated earlier,we run our option from numerous forma-tions and in combinations with severaltypes of motion in order to set up maximumblocking angle advantage.
The Inside Veer Option
To the weak side we usually see a onetechnique, off-set nose or a defender linedup in the Agap. Blocking assignments areas follows:
The first man lined uphead up to outside on the line of scrim-mage is let go. The tackle works the splitfrom 3-5 feet to create a maximum seam. Ifthe defensive end pinches, he is blockedby the tackle, otherwise the tackle ripsthrough the inside hip of the defensive endto block the linebacker from the head-up toinside-usually the middle linebacker (henever chases a linebacker outside).
He has the angle toblock down on the inside defensive lineman(usually a one technique).
His first step is playside to blockthe middle linebacker to the backside line-backer.
Blocks base up ontwo or three technique.
While still working hissplits, takes a sharp angle to zone throughand block downfield on the frontside (hemust be sure that the backside defensiveend does not pinch inside.)
(See Diagram 1)
.To the strong side we usually see a"two" or "three" technique. Blockingassignments are as follows:
The first man lined uphead up to the outside on the line of scrim-mage is let go. The tackle works the splitfrom three to five feet to create a maximumseam. If the defensive end pinches, he isblocked by the tackle or if the linebackersteps up he is blocked by the tackle.Otherwise he is responsible to help theguard block the inside down lineman. Thisinside down lineman is usually a threetechnique and must be blocked in order forthe play to be successful. When helping theguard with a double-team block, chip orreverse chip block the aiming point for thehands becomes the outside number of thedefender (The guard and tackle mustremain aware of blitz combinations in the Aand B gaps).
Base block the insidedown defensive lineman (usually a two orthree technique.) The aiming point for theshoulder is the outside hip of the defensivelineman if he is lined head up, or the insidehip if he is lined up anywhere outside ofhead up. The guard's block is usually exe-cuted in combination with the tackle, astogether they are responsible for the insidedown lineman and the middle linebacker.
Blocks back on the backsidedown lineman.
Folds around thecenter to block linebacker or first oppositecolor.
While still working hissplits, takes a sharp angle step to zonethrough and block downfield on thefrontside. (He must be sure that the back-side defensive end does not pinch inside).
AB Gap Blitz Combinations
We are committed to taking advantageof every possible blocking angle in execut-ing our option/pass offense. Books, arti-cles, clinics, and instructional films can allbe helpful in making offensive adjustmentsand in developing drills. I have tried to dothings the way other coaches do (and aresuccessful,) yet I always seem to comeback to what works best for us.Adjustments — yes, pick up a new play ordrill-yes, but the bottom line is. .. you knowyour players and you know your system. Ifirmly believe that the best drills are thosethat you design yourself. Establish a phi-losophy of offensive line play, decide howyou can best reach your goals, determinethe skills and techniques that you want toteach and creatively design your drills tobest teach your young men.Remember, make your offensive line-man believe that they are the most impor-tant part of the game!
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