1. Be to meetings on time! If a player is late for a meeting he will be responsible for extra running after practice. If he is late a 2nd all the running backs will run after practice. If you are going to be late clear it with me first, my office door is always open. 2. Bring paper and pencil to every meeting, I expect you to know your assignments. 3. Be the hardest working group on this team. Don’t let anybody out work you. If someone sprints 40 yards, you sprint 100. Do everything full speed and then some. 4. Be the hardest working group in the MIAA! Be the best group in the MIAA! Be the best group in the country. Always aspire to be better than you are. 5. Expect not to be brought down by one tackler. Expect to score every time you touch the ball. 6. Ball Security- Expect to hold on tightly to the ball and NEVER let it go. 7. Expect to have pride in what you are doing. Have some pride in your team, in your offensive unit, in your position, and in yourself. 8. Respect is earned, not given. We must earn the respect of our teammates. Respect is earned through hard work. 9. Dominate the competition every time you take the field. Expect to defeat your opponent, but at the same time do it with class. 10. Expect VICTORY every Saturday!!!!!
Running Back Terminology
not at the QB or the ball. Drop Step: A short step made perpendicular to the L. He will also execute a rip technique to cut the defender down. The elbow must be tight to the side.O. the back must keep his eyes up looking at the defense.S. Body Leverage: Position of the body at impact to give maximum driving power.S. Fake: A maneuver to hold the defense. RB must explode toward the L. Counter: Ball carrier going opposite from flow. Ball Leverage: An offensive running back carrying the ball with 5 points of pressure Ball Security: Keeping the ball secure at All times.Arc Block: A block where a running back takes an arc release to get outside leverage on the defender. Crossover Step: First step is made with foot away from play side Cut Back: Breaking the play back against the flow of the defense Cut Block: A block where the running back will explode through the outside thigh of the defender. at top speed before executing a two footed running broad jump at maximum speed and power. Dive Jump Technique: This is used when jumping over a pileup of blockers and defenders to gain short yardage. During this process. He may adapt his course on the run if the defender comes inside. Check down Route: A route that is run by a back AFTER he has checked and has completed his pass protection duties. This is a good technique to use when we start short yardage.O. Exchange: The process of the quarterback handing the ball to the running back. Fill: A running back will post for the pulling offensive lineman. Great emphasis must be placed on all fakes. He must follow through with this block to keep the defender on the ground. Drive-Squeeze Technique: Lower your inside shoulder and dive between two would be tacklers. Defensive line technique: The position that a defensive lineman is playing in against our offensive linemen.
. Chip Block: A block made on play action where the back will give a ½ fast effort (he’ll allow the contain player to get inside of him) but he will punch the contain player inside for 2 counts.
Up field: Offensive back running to the opponents goal line. A successful attempt should be made to understand the following list of rules.O. Lead Step: First step is made with the play side foot. Pocket: The hand and arm position of an offensive back when receiving a handoff. Your get off must be low and hard. When spinning arch back and keep good balance while spinning tightly with a north south spin.S. This will allow the back to gain extra yards (Y. Relationship: The relationship between the running back and the quarterback on an option play. Open Field Running: Running directly north and south.A. Spinning out technique: A technique that is used when a defender has stopped your momentum. but failed to wrap you up. Yards after contact: Yards made after first contact-Something that we will place a lot of emphasis on.Freeze Technique: This is running directly at a defender that’s being set up to be blocked. If you cut too early. Step is made with foot away from the play side. Kick Out Block: A block where the back will kick out (or get inside out leverage on the contain player. Step is taken with the play side foot and is pointed toward the sideline. Get Off: The process of coming out of your stance. Learn and use them to
. Lead: A similar concept of the isolation.
RULES PERTAINING TO THE RUNNING BACK
There are various rules that the running back should be aware of at all times. Isolation: A play where we will isolate or lead back on the defense’s PS ILB Jab Step: A short step made at 45 degrees toward the opposite direction the running back is going.C. Getting closer to the promised land! Open Step: First step is opening parallel to the L. not the sideline Violent Running: Running Violently! Driving back leg through upon contact. he will be able to take a pursuit angle to catch you. The back is a lead blocker. Opportunity Period: A period of practice where the running back has the opportunity to make himself a better player.) which separates the great RB’s from the good ones.) Take an inside out approach and anticipate the movement of the defender.
Tripping: Using the lower legs or foot to obstruct an opponent below the knees. attacking defenses with both the run and the pass. 15. Offside: No one can be in the neutral zone at the snap of the ball. 9. Backward Pass: Is a live ball thrown parallel to or behind the passer. A pass which has not yet touched the ground. 2. Fair Catch: Once a fair catch is signaled for. Spearing: The deliberate use of the head and helmet in an attempt to punish an opponent after his momentum has stopped. it cannot be advanced and the man signaling cannot block anyone. Live Balls-Dead Balls: A live ball is a ball in play and a dead ball is not in play. 10.
. Illegal Use of Hands: It is illegal to hold the man while blocking him. 5. B) Never down the ball unless absolutely necessary. 1. Talking to Officials: Only designated players will talk to officials. Player Out of Bounds: You cannot return to the field of play once you step out of bounds unless the opponent forced you out of bounds. Clipping: Running or diving into your opponent’s back. C) Respect the fair catch signal!
Running Back Philosophy
Our offense is ball control. 14. catch the football. Running backs are required to block for both run and pass plays.your advantage. 7. Possession: The team who last has possession remains in possession if the ball goes out of bounds. you must return immediately at the nearest point of entry. Tipped Ball: A forward pass can be tipped forward and caught. Covering Punts: A) The man receiving the punt must be given 2 yards safety cushion to catch the ball. The in bounds foot must touch before the other touches out of bounds to be a legal catch. In Bounds: One foot must be in bounds when a receiver catches a ball. 4. 11. 6. attacking style runner. However. Illegal Shifting: You must be set for a full second before the ball is snapped. 8. 3. 12. 13. and an offense that strives to be balanced in the attack. and to be an aggressive.
4.Bulldog backs need to be talented and dedicated athletes who are always striving for personal improvement and team success. 2. Toes slightly pointed inward. I. Keys to a Quality Running Back 1. Must be able to execute assignments properly at all times. 3.
3 Point Stance 1. Forward body lean.C. Stance Before getting into your stance. 2. II. To gain yards after first contact. Running Back Objectives 1. Must understand defensive strength and weaknesses. Must be able to catch the ball 5. 2. Know all assignments 5. Hands on thighs with thumbs pointed forward. Chest out. Head up. 4. scan the whole field. Before you get into your stance know the front and coverage. Turnovers are unacceptable 3. 5. 8. Must get Y. Grade out at 90% or better.A. Certain plays will require you to know the technique of the defensive lineman. a slight downward
. not the holes. Play with great enthusiasm. Be an aggressive runner. Look from the left corner to the right corner and then back to the center and lock on. 6. Master all your techniques. The top of the back should be parallel to the ground or at most. Keep the ball secure at all times. Must be an excellent blocker. The 3 point stance is like sitting in a chair but then falling forward. III. 2. 3. 2 point stance 1. 4. Get north and south 6. Be physically and mentally tough 7.
and fingers are spread in a relaxed manner. 2. 9. 5. 4. 3. Ball Security 1. 2. As you are coming out of your stance. 20% of your weight is placed on your down hand. 3. 5. Bury the back tip of the ball into the armpit. Toes and knees should be pointed straight ahead. 8.S.e. 4. The down hand is placed just inside the down hand’s shoulder. Cover the outside part of the ball with the forearm. every time you come back for a drill squeeze the ball as hard as you can. but not too far over. Running with the ball 1. Watch the defense on the exchange. The butt should be slightly higher than the shoulders. Handoff exchange 1. you want to keep your elbows close to your body otherwise there will be a natural raising tendency of your upper torso which results in the loss of speed and power. look through eye brawls as your looking up. The back of the top hand is against the numbers. 3.angle to the ground. This will ensure that your weight is distributed evenly. V.)
VI. IV. Stare through the quarterback. 4. and it makes you more powerful so you can break tackles. 7. Use a three finger bridge to help take the weight off of your hand. Always maintain a heel to toe relationship or less. When running with the football carry the ball across your chest so you don’t expose the back tip. Squeeze the ball against the body with the forearm-lock the elbow. Look to see where you are going. Put the ball away with the bottom hand. 2. This forces the elbow up and out of the way for the quarterback to place the ball in the pocket. facing the back’s face with thumb pointed towards L. The free arm should be positioned with the palm up. The wrist of the bottom hand should be placed directly underneath the belly button. 6. when your standing behind the offense.O. not the ball. The Get Off-Coming Out of the 3 Point Stance 1. This guarantees that your bottom hand is far enough over. Cover the front tip of the ball-always maintain two fingers over the tip. Always be holding on to the ball in practice ( i.
. When coming out of a stance you want to be low because this is quicker as it helps you get to the hole quicker.
make it look realistic! 2. 8.2.S. 5. We are not going to exaggerate the fake. Six inches (a false step) can be the difference between a loss on the play and a touchdown. Open up your strides as you go through the holes because you will gain greater distance in the same amount of time. It also diminishes the chances of defenders pursuing you.
. Such a fake enables a fake to create as much hand and arm surface over the pocket as possible which helps to hide the fact of whether or not the ball is in the pocket. We will use a different fake when running plays that require you to run parallel to the L. you will clamp the outside arm to the rib cage similar to how you carry the ball. both hands are hiding underneath both elbows. explode the back leg through. Have pride and care about everything that you do.O. Learn to hold on to the ball with one hand. so you are able to break in any direction. An excellent fake will account for three or four men while a good block will account for one or two. Never go down for less than 3 tacklers. Keep the ball in the same hand because fumbles happen when backs switch the ball from one hand to the other. 7. 7. Running in place and using too many moves only allows the defense time to pursue and tackle you. Faking is one of the “little things” that make the difference. 4. On these plays. A good running back is able to utilize his speed and power to become his own blocker if there is no daylight to run through. 1. As a result of the folding action.As you feel contact.S. We want you to run violently! VII. Faking We sometimes only need the LB to take a false step to make a play successful.O. After taking a handoff or pitch it is important to get your shoulders and hips square to the L. Hunching over the faking action is a dead give away that you are faking the carry. 9. 6. 3. You never carry the ball with your head down so why would you do it on a fake. 10. Ignite your team by breaking tackles and fighting for extra yardage. The bottom hand is folded underneath the other elbows as the hands are pressed against the rib gage and the arms are pressed against the stomach.S. We will use this type of fake when you are faking runs that require you to be square to the L. and then the hand of the up arm folds underneath the elbow of the bottom arm. Most importantly. You must keep your head up and eyes open as if you were looking for daylight. Set your defenders and then split them. The defensive front will also have a tougher time pursuing you. You must accelerate at top speed just as you would if you were carrying the ball. 6. we must make the run play exactly the same as the run pass play.
5. Cut or break off a block as tightly as possible as this ensures north & south running. The back leg will break tackles. 4.O. Form your pocket like you do when taking a hand off. The inside arm is pumping violently and your inside shoulder is low as well to simulate a running play. 3.
Wait until you get on his toes before punching. You must locate the man and keep your eyes on him as he is not going to stand in one spot. 3. Stance: You must assume a good stance. Base: You must have a solid base as you make contact.
. Vision is the most important aspect of blocking. 6. unless you are a good blocker. Concentrate on your target. Approach: Each block has an initial approach and you must concentrate on this angle of departure. Our goal is perfection. Pre-snap look: Always take a pre-snap look to locate your blocking assignment prior to the snap. and as you are finishing your block. For us to consistently move the football we must be able to block when we are not carrying the ball. If you don’t have enough pride you will never be an adequate blocker. head up. Your blocking ability as a running back plays a very big part in our attack. 7. 4. Get in a hitting position by lowering your center of gravity (hips). Once the ball is snapped and you man moves to play his responsibilities. 2. nor in most cases a starter. It makes very little difference how you get the job done. A stance that will allow you to take a proper approach and block being used. Blocking You must realize that blocking is payback time! Get the attitude that you want to knock him out of the game. Bend the knees: Bend at the knees. but what will be discussed in your playbook. Use your open hands to punch up through the defender.VII. Fundamentals Common to All Blocks 1. Pride: To be a good blocker you must take pride in the little details of the fundamentals involved. Finish: Finish your block by running through the man. Keep your feet about shoulder with the part. back at proper angle and feet moving until the whistle blows. Contact: Be a hitter. meetings and during practice are the best ways to accomplish your goal. 8. not at the waist. Keep your head up and eyes on target and hit on the rise. 5. Keep your feet moving as you make contact. Take an inside out route to the defender. In order to maintain contact you must keep your knees bent. The most important ingredient is that you MUST want to make your block in every play. On your first step get your eyes on your man immediately. your approach must adjust with his movement. You will not be a complete football player. Pass Blocking 1.
It keeps the defenders hands down preventing any interference with the pass play as he tries to fend off the low blocking action of the cut down block. Never lose him to the inside unless by design.
Kick Out Block This is a running drive block on the end man of the L. 3. widen the base and work up the defensive man’s frame. Attack him before he penetrates into the backfield. 3.2. 4. This keeps defenders from using their size. The blocker must secure a tight fit on the defender to enable maximum blocking surface. The rolling action is initiated by whipping the outside elbow back into the defender immediately after the contact of the cut down block. Stay square on your feet. It is beneficial for a back who is taking on a bigger defensive player. 2. Lower the hips. there should be a progression thought in mind as to your assignment.O. this will also cause him to start over with his pass rush. It keeps the block away from the launch point with less possibility of interference with the passer. This prevents a loss of contact and lunging out at the defender. protection
. Always make the defender fight through your body to make the tackle. Procedure: 1. You must hit with power and drive him out. If the defender by attempts to jump over the blocker after the block is thrown. Cut Block Advantages: 1. Cutting a defender down is of little use if he is able to get up and pursue to the ball carrier. Have a good bend at the knees.O. Your assignment. Keep head up and feet driving. make him a chaser. The blocker must not attempt to throw the block until he’s “stepping on the toes” of the defender. A tight fit is achieved by concentrating on driving the inside shoulder up and through the defender’s outside thigh. 2. 4. 3. It denies the defender penetration forcing him to make a more lateral move to avoid the block. The blocker must rip the block north and south otherwise the defender will play through the head and make the play as the blocker loses both contact and power.
OFFENSIVE BACKFIELD PASS REMINDERS
As a back moves to the L.S. The blocker must roll into the defender in an attempt to maintain contact as long as possible. after a pass play is called in the huddle. cut as a last resort. or lifting straight up through the defender’s crotch as the defender is jumping over or straddling the blocker underneath him.S Keep head and eyes up. Gets the blocker to the defender fast within maximum blocking thrust and power. the blocker must follow through ripping.
2.S. 2. Seam: Get vertical up the seam 8. 4.O. Protection 1. Option: 6 yard route with the option to go either in or out. 4. 3. Know how quickly you are needed in the pattern. 2. 5. 4. Down and distance adjustments. 9. 6.
. Know if you are a primary or secondary receiver. Curl: Drive to 6 yards and turn inside away from the defender. and break back under linebackers. 5. before the ball is thrown. 4.O. Know when you are to adjust your route. Don’t tip off the defender as to what you might be doing. Know the depth and width of your route. 7. Release 1. Route 1. 3. Hi: Drive to 5 yards and break inside. Arrow: Aim to a depth of 6 yards on the sidelines 2. Ho: Drive to 5 yards and break outside. Avoid contact with the offensive line. Know where the route designates you to release. Always assume that your man is coming.responsibilities. Know the route that you have to run. 2.S. Be in a good position for blitz pick up. 5. Alignment 1. Wide: Stretch horizontal without turning to the L.
Pass Routes 1. 3. Know the defensive front. 3. Circle: Aim to outside man on L. release of your route and the intricacies of your route must be understood prior to each pass play. Always maintain proper leverage on the defender that you need the block. Know what you are trying to accomplish with your route. Know who you are responsible for. Know his tendencies and alignments. Flat: Drive to 5 yards and break out 4. Be aware of possible adjustments you may make. Wheel: Show arrow route and then continue up the sidelines. 3.