Offensive Line Manual 2010

INTRO
Proper Stance
3 Point Stance •Balanced •Feet shoulder width, staggered •Back flat •Head up Run Blocking •More Aggressive blocking •Attack the defender •Seal the defender away from the ball carrier – point your butt to the ball carrier •Keep your head up and your feet moving

Blocking Basics

Proper Blocking Technique
Approach •Set position for delivering a block •Squatted with butt low •Knees inside of ankles •Head up •Work off of instep •Six inch playside jab step •Pull arms back •Gather step splits the defenders legs

2 Point Stance •Balanced •Feet shoulder width, staggered •Chest out •Head up

Pass Blocking •Let the defender come to you •Set up with outside foot back •HOT technique – Hands On Torso •Keep feet moving and deliver a blow to the numbers with the palms of your hands •Do not let defender beat you inside GET YOUR HANDS ON THE DEFENDER SO HE CAN’T USE HIS ON YOU

Fit •Set underneath defender •Drive arms through the defender •Hands jammed into chest plate •Thumbs up •Lift up & drive hips through •Keep feet moving Finish •Chase the defender back – accelerate •Maintain a solid base •Drive through to the whistle

BLOCKING BASICS
Know where POA is, ID man to block, determine block type and aiming point.
•Approach –Proper Block Steps (Always PS foot) • Drive Block (Base) • Down Blocks • Gap Seal/Reach (Used in Inside and Outside Zone) • Pull and Trap (Used in Trapping and Folding) A. Drive Step -6 inch directional step toward Aiming Point. Usually used for Base block and in combo blocks for slip man. B. Lead Step -6 inch directional step toward Aiming Point. Used for Base, Zone Blocking schemes, or Down blocks. C. Slide Step -6 inch directional step toward Aiming Point. Used for Gap Seal/Reach and in Zone Blocking schemes. D. Drop Step -6 inch directional step toward Aiming Point. Used for Outside Zone Blocking when covered and facing an OUTSIDE SHADE defender, on combo blocks, or when folding. E. Bucket Step -6 inch directional step toward Aiming Point but puts hips more perpendicular to LOS. Used for Outside Zone Blocking when uncovered, inside trap and pulling. •Contact –Deliver “punch”. Extension of knees and hips and the contact of the hands/arms. Keep knees over and in front of toes. –Head locked into Aim Pt. –Fit Up –Moving feet and staying engaged, establish position between defender and POA •Follow-Through –Maintain Position – achieve “lockout” –Finish the block. Wide base, proper head position locks man in place, maintain head and hand position at all times, keep feet moving.

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Note to Coaches: See Block Progression Chart for proper punch sequence and aim points.

O-Line Play 1
The success of our football team will be directly proportionate to our ability to dominate the line of scrimmage in regards to both the run and pas. Proper development and utilization of technique will allow you to dominate the defenders in all situations. Remember, there is no substitute for technique combined with effort. I. EXECUTION OF ASSIGNMENTS - BASIC PROGRESSION •Within the framework of an assignment's, the following sequence must be understood: • Theory of Play/Situation • Alignment • Stance • Approach • Contact • Follow Through •Know the Offense - Learn by, ''Concepts''. • Have a thorough knowledge of every play in the offensive scheme and understand what the desired end result is. • Know the total play scheme and adjustment ... not just your individual assignment. • Understand the reaction of the defense in regards to the action if the play as it unfolds- Football is not a static game ... be able to adjust to defensive reaction. • Be aware of particular plays that are set up to take advantage of an individual, a defense, or a game situation. • Most importantly, know your assignment in regards to the play thoroughly ... the what, why, and how of your job. •Know the basics of your opponent's defense. • Understand basic defenses used by our opponents and responsibilities of each position in a particular defensive look. • Contain or pressure defense? • Multiple or basic look? Who is in what Gap? • Down and distance/field position tendencies? • Stunt/Blitz situations. • Particular strengths and weaknesses of the defense • How will the defense adjust to play our particular offense? • Know your opponent through careful evaluation • What are his strengths and weaknesses. • Does he play on or off the LOS? • Does he ''read'', reacting to your moves just or does he ''charge'' using pressure tactics? • Does he change his pace, mixing up his play? • Does his alignment predetermine his type of play? • Does the particular situation pre-determine his style of play? • Is he susceptible to certain offensive techniques? • Does he read well and is thus easily influenced? II. ASSIMILATION OF TECHNIQUES • Explanation - introduction of technique and its important variables. • Demonstration - observation of mechanics and their proper sequence of application. • Visualization - mental assimilation of technique and its execution. • Practice - physically performing the technique and mastering, through repetition. • Game Execution - utilization of technique in competition. • Animation - review and study of technique.

O-Line Play 2
III. ALIGNMEMNT • Your pre-snap placement on the line of scrimmage is very important. Correct alignment will allow you to carry out your assignment; incorrect alignment will hinder the completion of your assignment. • 2'' splits as starting point. Hand aligned on Center's heel. • Alignment will vary in regards to particular plays. • Splits are both vertical and horizontal. • Tackles must be up on LOS on both run and pass. IV. STANCE-RUN BLOCKING • One of the most important variables of a good offensive lineman is a fundamentally sound stance that will enable you to move in all directions easily and effectively without tipping off your intentions. The stance must provide the essentials of explosion, plus the mechanics of lift and power; at the same time, must allow body control and quick change of direction. • Feet - shoulder width apart with toe to heel stagger. Toes straight ahead with weight on balls of feet. • Knees - the up foot is placed in a position where you have power producing angles at the ankles and knee joints The heel of the back foot will be an inch off the ground. This will form power producing angles in the knees, ankles and hip flexors. • Hands - down hand should be on all 5 fingertips and placed under your eye and in front of mar shoulder with approximately 20% of your weight balanced on hand. Non-grounded hand should be in ''Ready'' position on top of thigh. • Head - shoulder - back - shoulders are parallel to ground with back flat. Head in natural position with no strain. Eyes up. • Consistency - keep stance constant. • Center's Stance - mechanics of stance remain consistent. Center may stagger either foot as needed. • Your stance will vary based upon body type. V FUNDAMENTALS OF CENTER SNAP • Nothing is more important than the Quarterback receiving the football cleanly from the snap. • You must be able to snap the football and step/set simultaneously. • The ball must be lifted by pulling the elbow upwards and keeping the wrist firm. This will produce a high, consistent snap. • Communicate with the Quarterback about any problem • The bottom line is that you must be able to execute all techniques that are required, of the Guards and Tackles, after you snap the ball. VI. RUN BLOCKING TECHNIQUES • Techniques are the methods employed by a Blocker to successfully execute his Assignment. These methods fall into two broad classification: remove and contain. • A "veer" technique is one that is employed to vertically and/or horizontally displace a Defender from an area and is usually used at the point of attack. A zone technique is one that is employed to prevent a Defender from getting to his area of assignment and/or limit his pursuit. In both cases, the fundamentals of approach, contact, and follow through remain consistent with an emphasis on the proper sequence of mechanics. Approach - proper steps and anticipation of Defender's movement; aiming points. Contact - proper contact points and body position provide leverage for movement. Leverage is a function of your relation to the Defender and your own body alignments. Follow Through - proper leg, drive and pressure points to sustain movement and adjust to Defender's second reaction.

DROPBACK TECHNIQUE •Stance (2 Pt) •Feet. These elements do not exist in isolation. hands open.O-Line Play 3 VII. VIII. footwork.toes out. each of equal importance Every pass protection technique. Your shoulders should always be square to the Quarterback. C.always strike a "rising blow" you hands should be above your eyes. you must set to the intersection point between the Quarterback and Defender (A. •When setting out of 3 Pt stance to 2 Pt stance. •As you slide your feet. •Set with your outside foot and hand splitting the Defender’s crotch. Always take the inside mesh away. •ENTIRE O—LINE (FOOTWORK) •Set back. •Stay square between Quarterback and Defenders.strike opponent when he is within arms reach of you. your head and weight must come back. keep them close to the ground and maintain wide base. Head Up Defender—set hard on LOS (C). technique. •Knees — forward and pressed in. set firm. If you strike too late. the most fundamental aspect is the protection.An effective pass pro punch incorporates three factors: timing. rather they all operate as an integrated whole through a proper sequence of mechanics. is a function of four elements: set. •Shoulders/head — back. you will get collapsed and loose leverage Being patient and timing your punch is very important. relaxed but ready to strike. B. •Your aiming point is hands inside the Rusher’s and in his numbers. Individual technique combined with a thorough knowledge of the scheme provides the basis for sound pass protection. square to the Defender and inside out. •Set (Tackles only) •Depth of set is a function of Defender’s alignment. weight on inside of feet from toe to heel. •Contact/Punch . •It is very important to give 1-2 feet depth on an “Inside" set vs. Vs. all four of these elements. strength. •Technique . •The set gets you into a good pass pro stance. Within an offense. •you must have both feet on the ground on your punch — set your feet out of your slide before you punch yourself "off" the Defender. you will over extend and loose balance. And in the final analysis. get your head back and eyes and hands up quickly. PASS PROTECTION IN THEORY In regards to the passing game. and D). the initial set step will be a "power step" inside to provide strength to your set and stop penetration. Vs. contact/punch. if you strike too early. keep them square to Defender. Leverage is the key concept. pass protection falls into two primary categories. knees should be inside of feet. upper body should be almost perpendicular to ground •Hands/arms — eye level with slight 6" bend in arms. the Defender. regardless of which type of pass series is being protected. Vs. which are employed through the appropriate sequential order. The most sophisticated pass cannot be executed unless the Quarterback is free from harassment. an inside aligned Defender so as to take him on square with contact. Vs an inside veer rush. and follow through. this gives you leverage keep your elbows inside the frame of your body as you punch. strive to maximize your leverage vs. Inside Defender. drop back and play action. Tail should be low and knees bent. Over aggressiveness on set will get you in trouble. •Timing . . be "locked-out" on contact. •Your footwork should always keep you in an inside—out relationship with the Defender. •While sliding your feet.power set inside (D). your goal of the punch is to stop the Rusher’s charge and lockout on him. a Wide Defender set deep on vertical line (A and B).

feet slightly wider than shoulder width. •As you mirror Defender. and torso. •After Initial punch and lockout maintain upward leverage. ‘strain" your body as you tense your lower body. head back and torso perpendicular to ground as you strike with your arms and hands. . but keep the width and depth of the pocket. •Make contact with your opponent on or NEAR-4 the LOS as you set back. toes out. as well as how deep you can be without interfering with the Passer. Use your "skeletal strength". •Pass Protection Tips •Get set up quickly into good fundamental position with knees bent. Know which side to favor. •Keep your weight back. •Drive eyes to inside number of Defender. keep inside . the strength to stop a charge comes from the legs. Regroup and ready yourself for another punch •Follow Through •Stay square between Defender and Quarterback. * you should feel like you are "punching yourself off the defender". knees bent and inside of toes. The arms are merely an extension of the torso and legs. Your strength to stop the Rusher is a combination of your technique (including filming) and your lower body strength. hips. •Strike a rising blow. PLAY ACTION INDIVIDUAL TECHNIQUE – BASIC •Set •Aggressive Base Block. get your head back and sink your tall. •A good base is necessary to provide an effective punch. if you are over powered. •Drive hands through numbers.O-Line Play 4 •Strength . HATS DOWN •Footwork •Step with your foot NEAR-4est to Defender’s inside number to prevent penetration. give as much depth as necessary. •Contact •Lock out and leverage Defender as in regular pro. •Drive Defender off the LOS •Keep feet square to LOS •Mirror Defender’s second reaction with regular drop back progression.out relationship with the Defender.you must have the ability to stop a "bull rush". recoil both feet as you "hip yourself off" the Defender. inside out! •Keep your leverage by keeping locked-out with your hands at eye level and your hands in the Defender’s numbers and your eyes below his eyes. weight on inside of feet. •Should took like run block. If your opponent contacts you while you are still leaning back to set up he has the advantage •Know where the Launch point is on each pass play. think with your hip! IX. rather than punching him off of you. body under control. which prevents over-extension and loss of balance •As you slide.

Drive both hands back tight to hip pockets. Drive both hands back tight to hip pockets and keep flat back. With opposite foot 12 inches on a straight line upfield keeping a good wide base and throw arms tightly through sides of body with thumbs pointed up. 2nd STEP: Square Up Step. drive other knee to the ground and keep flat back. Used For: (Gap Seal. Drive both hands back tight to hip pockets. drive other knee to the ground and keep flat back. Fold) Technique: Bucket Step 1 STEP: From 3 Point stance Lineman picks up foot drops it back at 90 degree angle. Zone and Down) Technique: Slide/Reach Step 1 STEP: From 3 point stance lineman picks up foot and steps out 12 inches right or left and points foot straight upfield. In a Down Block. the 2nd step is parallel to the lead step and keeps blocker on a path to the inside shoulder of target. Scoop Slip. Used For: (Trap/Pull.Pipe Drill 1 STEP: 2 STEP DRILL Purpose: Teach lineman footwork of base. Do not square up to man as we are trying to drive down LOS. Reach) Technique: Drop Step 1 STEP: From 3 point stance lineman picks up foot and steps backwards 6 inches right or left and points foot at 45 degree angle toward aiming point. Lineman needs to throw elbow on first step while keeping back flat. Technique: Lead Step 1 STEP: From 3 point stance lineman picks up foot and steps 6 inches right or left and points foot at 45 degree angle. drop and trap pull steps. 2nd STEP: Step with take big drive step upfield 45 Degree angle keeping a good wide base and throw arms tightly through sides of body with thumbs pointed up. reach. Used For: (Inside Trap. Used For: (Base. 2nd STEP: Step with opposite foot 6 inches on 45 Degree angle keeping a good wide base and throw arms tightly through sides of body with thumbs pointed up. 2nd STEP: Pivot off of this step with power step down LOS keeping good base and pump arms when running and keep a flat black. Fold) Base / Zone 1 2 3 Down 1 2 Slide/Reach 1 3 2 1 Drop 3 2 1 Bucket 2 3 . A Reach will call for a slightly upfield step.

(remember proper steps). Lineman try to take as many steps as possible before getting through the chute while pumping their arms and keeping their back flat. On cadence lineman take short quick choppy steps. • Fire out low with head up. chop feet.Chute Drill – Purpose: Teach lineman to take small choppy steps and keep base on run blocking – Technique: From 3 point stance line up lineman just out side chute. eyes on target • Wide base. keep moving. continue to drive out of chute. STAY ON BLOCK . • Idea is to take several small choppy steps through chute • On contact with bag.

Split defender Inside Hand Punch to numbers Outside Hand Punch to PS number Drive away from POA 1st Step – Lead step toward Aiming Point 2nd Step – Inside Numbers of defender (head in front) Outside Hand Punch to PS shoulder Inside Hand Punch to numbers Drive down LOS 1st Step – Slide. Gap Seal / Reach Block 3. 1. 2. 5. 4. 2. 4. Down Block 3. 1. 4. 5. GET LOCKOUT Drive away from POA 1st Step – Drop or Bucket Step PS Foot 2 step gains ground down LOS n d 1 3 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 2 1 Trap/Pull or Combo Blocks 3. 5. Deliver punch with inside hand as guide Drive down LOS . 2. 4. 2. Drop or Lead step toward Aiming Point 2nd Step .Rollover and drive off of lead step Outside Hand Punch to PS number Inside Hand Punch to numbers. 1st Step – Lead step toward Aiming Point 2nd Step – Power Step.Block Progression Chart 1. 1. Drive Block (Base) 3.

End at FAR-4 cone. neutralizing his block while offensive man must maintain position on him at all times. The 2nd version involves one man as defender while the other is a blocker. driving him off LOS. . while defender will attempt to beat blocker around edge into PS gap. fitting up and delivering blow. Teaches OL to stay on blocks and DL to neutralize blocks while following the play and not take a shortcut away from play.Mirror . and proper block progression.Stay on Block Drill – – – – Purpose: Teaches fit position. Go to FAR-4 cone and back. reset and come back. defender takes a hard charge into PS gap. Technique: The 1st version involves both men are side shuffling. The defender wants to stay ahead of the blocker. On call. Defender can line up head up or shaded toward the PS gap. Blocker will fit up and maintain position on defender all the way to FAR-4 cone. offensive man takes a strong playside step to establish position. punch. getting low. Offensive man can either fire out of a stance at the line or a few yards back to simulate blocking a LB. Teaches good lateral movement.

Setup in stance across from sled. Base Cutoff LB Reach Down/Reach Fold Slam (on 6 Man) Slip/Scoop .Sled Blocking – – – Purpose: Combines several of the blocking drills into one unit that allows for more group participation and conditioning. On callout OL will execute the block assigned block to last cone then sprinting back to start line. Repeat This drill will promote explosion off the ball and will ensure that they strike low and drive. Line starts on left side pad and goes right then on next rep starts right and blocks left.

side step to next pad and deliver a fit up blow with hands and chest. . fire out and deliver block into sled. – Turn opposite way and side shuffle to cone. – Power hop to end.The Circuit Purpose: Combines several of the drills into one unit that allows for more group participation and conditioning – Start with firing through the chute – After clearing the chute. reset into stance. Repeat.

Agility Drills LINE DRILL Technique: Have lineman all line up on one line facing the same sideline and standing on one side of the line. . Coach switches direction and then signals them to sprint through 5 yards T-TEST Technique: Pair up lineman and have them face each other but facing the sidelines on the five yard line. Repeat after a short rest and then do same drill but facing end zone and jumping forward and backwards REACTION DRILL(PASS PRO) Technique: Have lineman line up in groups of 5 and face coach in 3 point stance. BAG DRILL (SPRINT/BACKPEDAL) Technique: From 3 point stance lineman sprints down one bag then back pedals back down the other bag and so on. On cadence linemen will pop up in pass protection stance and chop feet. Lineman should pump their arms and keep base. BAG DRILLS(OVER SIDE STEPS) Technique: From pass protection position lineman shuffles over first bag shuffles both feet in between bag and then progresses over the next bag. then steps with other foot before progressing to the next bag. On cadence lineman sprints to the ten yard line and touches hand then sprints to the goal line and touches hand and then finally finishes through the five yard line. BAG DRILLS(SHUFFLE DRILL) Technique: From 3 point stance. Coach then points a direction and linemen shuffle that direction. Repeat 2-4 times BAG DRILLS(OVER STEPS) Technique: From two point stance facing bags linemen steps over first bag. Do both sides and make sure linemen do not cross over feet. On coaches command linemen will jump with both feet together on either side of the line for 30 seconds. lineman shuffles parallel to first bag then shuffles forward and then parallel to second bag and so on.

Make sure lineman touch the ground with their hands each time and bend with their legs not their back. Repeat 3 times for each pair of offensive lineman. PASS PROTECTION REDIRECT DRILL Purpose: Teach lineman to widen defensive lineman and redirect on counter moves Technique: Offensive lineman will be engaged with bag holder with bag holder slightly to one side at the start.Pass Blocking Drills SHUFFLE TOUCH DRILL Purpose: Develop knee bending and hip flexibility Technique: From two point stance. offensive lineman must keep Dlineman at LOS and push him outside of the two cones. Technique: Line up offensive line and 1 defensive lineman across from each in their technique. Prior to snap. Offensive lineman must shuffle to hip to hip and exchange responsibilities each time. Lineman should keep a vertical back. lineman will shuffle down line touching the ground with hands during each shuffle. Defensive lineman walks at angle towards shoulder. Defensive lineman then redirects to other shoulder and offensive lineman adjusts stagger and shuffles keeping shoulders square. 5 ON 4 PASS RUSH DRILL Purpose: Teach full speed pass protection against defensive lineman. . Put defensive lineman opposite about 1 yard away. Looper lineman is responsible for calling switch and bumping lineman off. Opposite them line two defensive lineman in 3 point stance. On Cadence. On cadence. TWIST STUNT EXCHANGE DRILL Purpose: Teach lineman to exchange assignments on twist stunts Technique: Align two offensive lineman next to each other in three point stance. This is a slow drill not intended for speed or quickness. offensive lineman should be in the middle of the defensive lineman’s chest. Focus on teaching lineman to keep body square to LOS and shuffle with defensive lineman. Lineman staggers stance while keeping shoulders square to LOS and eyes on defensive lineman’s chest. Half line Technique: Same as above except half of the line is full speed. have 1 of the defensive lineman slant between the offensive lineman and the other defensive lineman loop around. 1 ON 1 PASS RUSH DRILL Purpose: Teach lineman full speed man pass protection Technique: Line up 2 cones 5 yards apart and 5 yards away from the LOS. This drill is just faster than walking speed. Bag holder will rush one way and then on coaches signal redirect. Teach lineman not to lean on defender. Have defensive lineman repeat with same player as the slanter and the same player as the looper each time. NO HAND SLIDE DRILL Purpose: Teach lineman to shuffle feet while keeping back straight and knees bent. Lineman must shuffle trying to cut off bag holder with hip and keep low pad level and straight back. Usually we will work on twist games during this drill. 1 offensive lineman and 1 defensive lineman line up on LOS. Start at half speed and progress to finally full speed. Start off slow and pick up tempo to 3/4 speed. Technique: Put offensive lineman in two point stance with arms behind back holding wrists. The live defensive lineman tries to pass rush while the offensive lineman pass protects. one defensive lineman is chosen to be live full speed). Coach lineman to stay square to the LOS and stay on the same level and yell out switch. On Cadence every lineman is full speed until contact.

the DL closest to the ball makes the tackle while the other DL makes their pursuit angle towards the numbers on the field. bring in 'real' OL and Running backs to increase intensity and speed… Equipment: 3 cones. then cuts up the field. the other player the OL. Description: A ball carrier makes lateral movement from the backfield to the sidelines. Position 2 OL’s and have the DL line up in between both. In wide pursuit situations. On the command. The player facing the ball carrier is the defender. At the cut. Pursuit Drill Goal: Teach Defensive Line (DL) pursuit angles. the ball carrier runs in a straight line to the designated cone. the feet stay moving and the hands/arms control and escape the OL. the DL pursuit angle becomes 5 yards deeper. Equipment: Ball Vs. On snap OL’s will execute a slam or slip/scoop on DL. We always want our DL’s to fight against pressure and not try to run around the blockers.. The DL reacts to the movement of the OL. Dl must react to playside pressure and either split the double or fight through seal off block and control his gap then flow toward POA. The defender's shoulders and hips stay square to the Line of Scrimmage (LOS). After the DL gets comfortable with the Drill. controls and escapes the OL making the tackle before the ball carrier reaches the cone. while the OL blocks accordingly. 1 ball when run with offensive personnel.D-Line Drills Read Drill Goal: Teach the DL to react quickly to the movement of the Offensive Lineman (OL)… Description: Set up 3 cones in a triangle about 10 yards apart.. the DL comes in to make the tackle.. The coach stands behind the DL signaling the direction and the snap count. Two linemen face each other in the middle between two cones with a designated ball carrier at the third cone. . Double Team Goal: Teach DL to split double team and avoid trying to go around it.. The DL moves laterally with the ball carrier until the ball carrier make the cut up field. For each offensive player the DL pass.

IF THE ZONE IS EMPTY AT THE 1ST LEVEL WITH A LB AT THE 2ND . MAKE A FOLD BLOCK CALL. YOU MAY OR MAY NOT GET HELP FROM PS TEAMATE. IF UNCOVERED. STRCH. OR STEP IT BY G NONE POSSIBLE SLAM. THEN LOOK TO YOUR UNCOVERED ZONE AND DETERMINE HOW YOU AND YOUR COVERED TEAMATE WILL BLOCK THE DL IN YOUR UC ZONE AND THE LB IN YOUR COVERED ZONE. YOUR FIRST READ IS IN YOUR COVERED ZONE. OR STEP/TOE IT TO NEXT GAP OVER. POSITION PS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN ASSIGNMENT RULE IF COVERED. POSSIBLE SLAM W/ G BASE COV DL POSSIBLE SLAM. ANY DL LINED UP IN THAT AREA IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. FOLD. THE COVERED ZONE STARTS FROM HEAD UP TO YOUR INSIDE GAP. S T POS G COV G UC C T COV BLOCK BASE COV DL COMBO W/ T OR BLOCK THROUGH UC ZONE TO COV LB HELP SLAM FROM C NONE MUST GET INTO INSIDE ½ OF PS A USUALLY FROM BSG GAP. DEPENDING ON THE ALIGNMENT OF THE OTHER DL’S. AND SHADOW BLOCK ASSIGNED LB. CAN EITHER SPY OR HEAD TO POA. 1 OUTSIDE LB OR EMOL. THEN YOU WILL BLOCK THAT MAN AWAY FROM THE POA.BLOCKING RULES BS SEAL ZONE COV ZONE U C Z O N E C THE FIRST STEP FOR EACH OL IS TO IDENTIFY IF THEY ARE COVERED OR UNCOVERED BASED ON THE PRE-SNAP ALIGNMENT OF THE DL’S. IF YOU ARE COVERED. THEN LOOK TO COMBO W/ PS TEAMATE AND ALWAYS BLOCK THROUGH UC ZONE. OR TOE IT BY T NONE LEAD BACK T UC E COV COMBO W/ E OR BLOCK THROUGH UC ZONE TO COV LB BASE COV DL ROVER BACK (2 BACK) IN WING AND POWER BS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN ZONE BLOCKING TO PS GAP E UC BLOCK THROUGH COV ZONE TO NEAR LB . THEN BLOCK MAN IN THAT ZONE AWAY FROM POA. LOOKING TO BLOCK ILB ON OUTSIDE ZONE AND OLB ON INSIDE ZONE. CAN SLAM OR STRETCH DBL. STRCH. SAME TECHNIQUE AS ABOVE. IMPORTANT THAT HIS FOCUS STAYS ON THIS MAN. FOLD.

RUNNING ZONES 7 5 MIDDLE 6 8 SPLIT 2 SLOT 3 4 .

PIN (DOWN) BLOCK A. Aiming point is below outside number of defender. B. working outside hand to kidney area and off foot upfield. keep shoulders square with LOS BASE. Step with inside foot 6" to 8" at approximately a 45 degree angle or lateral towards aiming point B. Shoot the hands. TIGHT REACH A. directional or lateral step with outside foot to aiming point. bring the hips while getting to lock-out. Bucket step and attack. get to a lock-out as soon as possible bringing the hips D. Maintain base. Aiming point is defender's outside armpit. If man outside. TURN OUT (May be covered or uncovered) A. step with inside foot taking a 6" to 8" step. keeping base D. Take good drop step gaining depth and distance with inside foot B. Maintain base.OFFENSIVE LINE BLOCKS AND TECHNIQUES REACH BLOCK A. Drive through hip of defender widening the hole. no crossover. D. C. C. C. Work upfield squaring through inside number D. Do not cross over. Block out to defender to outside on LOS B. B B . Do not get beat across face FOLD BLOCK Turnout Blocker A. Execute pin (down) block Fold Blocker A. Drive through aiming point with strike bringing hips. Step with playside foot taking 6" to 8" directional step or lateral step to aiming point B. Aiming point is the outside number of defender. Strike with hands to outside number. Clear turnout block by adjacent lineman C. Aim at upfield side of defender's hip C. If man on is inside.

Take good PS step (Zone Step) with inside foot without gaining depth and distance B. In this example we have a 3 tech DL covering both G and T. Trap inside out. execute a Power Scoop (described later) to block this zone . in this case.Wing cuts inside of TE block and reaches to 2nd level to block LB B FAN BLOCK Pass block technique A. bring hips to dig man out of hole. Aiming point is upfield side of defender's hip D. turn outside shoulder away from LOS. Idea is to get to the next gap over in anticipation of the DL’s read of the play flow B. and get feet out of hole X-BLOCK A. Do not look to chase 2nd level defenders unless they are blitzing or moving hard across the LOS INSIDE ZONE SCHEME A. and watching for inside rush C. Begin to hinge step with outside foot. This is a position block. the G and T must either Fold or. staying low. Step with inside foot 6" to 8" at approximately a 45 degree angle or towards next gap over at the LOS B. arms extended. Take 2nd step back up into LOS C. To correctly block this zone. Plant and hinge step toward defender C. Take pull step gaining depth and distance B. Idea is to determine whether you are covered or not and execute a scheme that will allow for the blocking of a DL and a 2nd level defender in your zone C. Overall look of an inside zone blocking scheme for two OL B. Shuffle for depth and protect the backside gap CUTOFF BLOCK A.OFFENSIVE LINE BLOCKS AND TECHNIQUES TRAP BLOCK A. TE executes reach block on DE B.

Responsible for LB run through to second level. Do not get beat across face. shoulders. Rip hard through inside gap. throw head. Pull. Hug LOS. Aiming point is through inside gap. gaining depth and distance with drop step B. and hip across FAR-4 hip. Aiming point is between hip and upper thigh area trying to get backside hip across defender's outside hip B B B . do not cut too low. CUT LOG A.OFFENSIVE LINE BLOCKS AND TECHNIQUES cont. C. Try to work to next level. B. SIFT BLOCK A. Step with inside foot taking a 6' to 8" directional step to aiming point. D. C. Drive through hip.

both OL try to hit the same aim point. the PS number. In the 3rd and 4th we see an inside zone play and a backside team respectively utilizing this scheme. The 4 tech DT stunts into the gap. Notice the importance of the inside OL blocking through his uncovered zone. Each blocker will stay on block until they see how the DL and LB are reacting. Observe the different paths the scoop blocker can take. The idea is that both OL will double team DL. Outside Zone and Stretch Plays) The idea is to get the inside (scoop) blocker to overtake the block while the OL nearest to the POA. the scoop blocker will end up taking over the block as the outside blocker gets to 2nd level. the inside blocker creates an incidental SLAM and helps the outside blocker neutralize the stunt. In the first dia. The outside blocker is there to halt penetration so the scoop man can overtake. it becomes an easy block for the scoop man to overtake. His primary role is to get to the 2nd level. Both will take a lead PS step aiming for the near number of the DL. Important thing is for the uncovered OL to watch the LB in his covered blocking zone. Each blocker is responsible for ½ of DL. Again. The scoop man must hit the aim point in such a way that the DL cannot release inside and get across his face. So initially. The individual mechanics are no different from a down or a base block. B B . while in the 2nd dia. B B B B STRETCH (Backside Technique. By advancing to the 2nd level through his UC zone. the outside blocker is engaged because the DL stunted outside while the scoop blocker can either hook around to B or cut straight upfield. if the DL were to anchor in the gap. In the 2nd dia. Observe the “rotation” of the SLAM block that will seal off the POA. releases to the 2nd level. Unlike the SLAM.COMBO BLOCKS SLAM (Inside Zone) – Used when outside blocker is covered and the inside blocker has a man in his uncovered zone and a LB in his covered zone. the scoop blocker must maintain an outside shade position and then work across to the PS number. engage and drive away from POA. with emphasis on sealing him off from POA.

Be patient. Keep this fundamental difference in mind as you block them. 5. In preparation to meet the opponents charge. 2. (Example: did I keep my eyes open? Was my head up? Did I bend at the knees? What did he do to cause the breakdown?) . 11. If your opponent tries to pull or jerk you. If no rusher comes and you are a "free. get depth to pick up a delayed Rusher or help pick up an escaping Rusher. Stay after your man. Unless it's an aggressive pass let the Rusher make the first commitment. 14. 15. keep the center of your body square. 3. Force yourself to practice this way. If unable to get away from Rusher. Keep your lames bent and head back . 12. Analyze your technique and that of your opponent and correct your error. 8. Never be dependent on a free man to pick up your man. 9. When picking up an escaping Rusher . According to present rules you must keep your hands within the framework of the opponent's body. When blocking a linebacker or deep back blitzing. Never lose your poise if you break down once. use replacement steps to regain position. directly between the Rusher and Passer if the Rusher is head up. then sink and get your head back. 13. Block your assignment. Keep the opponent from getting into your body and forcing you into an upright position. Always finish up. give ground grudgingly and you work your body down low again into good fundamental position. It is better to give up ground (keeping position) than to over-commit and loose your man too quickly.PASS PROTECTION NOTES 1. 10. maintain leverage with your hands hitting up through his breast pads before he grabs hold of you. The more your feet at in contact with the ground. Upright you lose the ability to control your man. Play hard until you hear the whistle. remember they are usually smaller and more active than a big Lineman. 6. You must follow any commitment you make by immediately fighting to regain fundamental position. 7. arms extended and palms up. Always slide your feet quickly.this prevents Ws you from overextending. They will almost invariably by to juke or out-maneuver you rather than allow you to lake them on. Carry out your assignment alone. the faster you are able to push off the ground when reacting to your man. 4.stick him' Let him know he's been hit.

PASS PROTECTION SCHEMES .

EXAMPLE (I'm the RG & uncovered): If my P/S teammate has a man on his INSIDE SHOULDER . •If you are COVERED.it is 50% (or better) that I will END up on him. If there is a man HEAD UP on him . man block (no help from him) In the example above. If there is a man on his OUTSIDE SHOULDER . IMPORTANCE OF PRESNAP LOOK AND UNDERSTANDING TECHNIQUE OF DEFENDER: A CRUCIAL phase of teaching zone blocking is for the uncovered man to know the TECHNIQUE of the DLM on his covered playside teammate (covered man can use CALLS to indicate this). Since RG is covered & inside teammate (Center) is uncovered by a DLM .INSIDE ZONE: OFFENSIVE LINE BLOCKING RULES C responsibility # 0 OG’s responsibility # 1 OT’s responsibility # 2 Y & H responsibility # 3 0 3 2 WT H 1 WG C 1 SG 2 ST Y 3 2.he knows he will zone with Center. look at your backside teammate •If backside teammate is UNCOVERED. (NOTE: "END UP" meaning that the other man comes off on LB). •If you are UNCOVERED – ZONE WITH YOUR TEAMMATE TO PLAYSIDE. DETERMINE WHETHER YOU ARE COVERED OR UNCOVERED: (covered means a defender is on the LOS on any part of your body! If there is a question.odds are only about 10% that I might END up on him.it is 90% certain that I will END up on him. zone with him (he will combo with you to LB) •If backside teammate is COVERED. clarify with blocking call)_. Back To Index . since Center is uncovered he ZONES with RG.

your power foot must be on the ground and you arm thrust (100% blow delivery) with your fists into the defender's short ribs (below the pads). because you will be overextended and your head will be down. 1. LINEMEN NOT ZONING USE “DRIVE” (MAN) BLOCKS. Down lineman is head up & anchors on you – use double team technique driving him into Lber. Don’t worry as much about getting position on defender as you do about blow delivery and finishing your block. Down lineman is in an outside shade & stretches outside– you stay on him and uncovered teammate works through to LB'er. When coming off the ball. Down lineman head up or inside shade & slants inside – force him to flatten his slant & stay on him until wiped off by uncovered teammate then work straight up on Lber. Take a lead step playside (roughly 45 degree angle) and catch up with your covered teammate. guide with your eyes (aim with your face). You must think man block and only go to LBer when wiped off by uncovered teammate. the defender's playside #. READ THE NEAR KNEE of the down lineman on him •if the NEAR-4 knee comes towards you block his inside number & fit him up sliding in the direction he is going (keep eyes on Lb'er in case he comes inside) •if NEAR-4 knee doesn’t come towards you work up onto LB'er. Stay on him until wiped off by uncovered teammate then work straight up onto the LBber. 2. Your first step is a short directional step and you throw your arms out of the socket (wind up MUCH farther than “shooting from the holster”). tucking your tail and “lifting him out of his socks”. DON'T put your face or shoulder in. which will take you to the aiming point or landmark. 2.INSIDE ZONE: OFFENSIVE LINE TECHNIQUE COACHING POINTS UNCOVERED O-LINEMAN: (Responsibility is for inside half of down lineman over playside team mate). COVERED MAN: (Responsibility is for outside half of down lineman IF inside team mate is uncovered). 3. 3 situations can occur (see COVERED MAN). As you work through your playside gap. 1st step is a lead step with your outside foot eyeballing outside number of down lineman on you – 2nd step with inside foot thru crotch of opponent. Back To Index . Three situations usually occur: 1. On the second step.

Can also align 3 to strong side and motion Z weak for the backside seal block. Can align 3 as weak side TE to get a better blocking angle on the backside seal block 4 Back To Index .INSIDE ZONE Strong FS CB LB LB RB Read 2 RB Read 1 LB CB DE H DT NG C QB DT DE WT WG SG ST Y Z 3 Formation Notes: Motion Z strong for same presnap look as InsideOutside Zone Weak.

Can align 3 as weak side TE to give him a better blocking angle on back side DE (allows less penetration before engaging block). though this block is probably less essential than on inside zone. 4 Back To Index .OUTSIDE ZONE Strong FS CB LB LB RB Read 2 LB RB Read 1 CB DE H Z DT NG C QB DT DE WT WG SG ST Y Z 3 Coaching Notes: Can use WR motion from either side to overload and get two playside double teams on LOS.

we would have the backside combo on the 3 look like the Counter. fold).P.Prefer to run it to the side where we have a numerical advantage (3 man side rather than 4 man side). Joe Bugle addressed this by “TAG” blocking (T & G FOLD) when he ran to the reduction side. a gapping & penetrating defense OUTSIDE ZONE = not as good vs a quick team that reads & flows well. The Counter is taught to LOOK LIKE THE INSIDE ZONE: QB's steps on Counter Left are IDENTICAL to Inside Zone Right. Assuming we are in 2 TE/2 WR personnel & they have "7 in the box" . which results in a LOT of movement off the ball! This is particularly true vs. . & INSIDE ZONE in situation B)! INSIDE ZONE TO "WIDE" SIDE VS "REDUCED" SIDE OF DEFENSE •WIDE side of defense = “B” gap defended by a LB •REDUCED side of defense = “B” gap defended by DLM (down lineman) Through scouting reports. alex gibbs. COUNTER COMPLIMENTS INSIDE ZONE: The BEAUTY of the Redskins' famous "Counter" was that it was originally a complimentary play to the Inside Zone. just to name a few) do not prefer to run the inside zone to the "reduction” side (B gap defended by DLM. THEREFORE .…Remember -the best cut is no cut!!!!! OUTSIDE ZONE TO "WIDE" SIDE VS "REDUCED" SIDE OF DEFENSE On the outside zone. identify which will be the "wide" side of the defense and which will be the "reduced" side ( most teams are "wide" on the split end side & "reduced" on the tight end side). Most coaches i believe in (joe bugel. If you use a 2 te/2 wr/1 rb set (like the Indy Colts) quite often you can get in behind three double team blocks (TE & OT from the 7 to Will. When we ran the inside zone at the 1. If you do this (pull. If the Inside Zone was best AWAY from the shade of the Nose (4 man side) . We would look to run the Inside Zone to the 1 tech and the Counter to the 3 tech. If they have 4 men in the box to both sides of the ball (low S/S PROBABLY on reduction side) . These were important C. RB's first step on Counter Left is IDENTICAL to Inside Zone Right. for example a 3 technique) because you will likely end up cutting it back inside the 3 technique to a tilted or shaded nose side WITH a LB filling between the shaded nose & the 3 (very tight quarters)! In the Riggin’s years. the Va Tech style 4-4 defense. you can run it to the "red" (3 technique side) or "white" (b gap defended by lb).'s in the Riggins years! One of the 1st things to package with the Inside Zone was the Counter away. the outside zone to the "white" side should "circle the defense"!!!.the Counter was equally good to EITHER side. & off OG & OT from 3 to Sam) and the RB can really cram the B gap for positive yardage rather than worrying about cutting it back. the outside zone to the "red" side becomes a hell of an off tackle play & will cram the C gap. You may have to get into some pulling schemes like folding the on t & on g on the "red" side or pulling both the on t & on g around on the "white" side (like the Indy Colts).feature Outside Zone in situation A). If we had a hard time cutting off the 3 with the BST then we would know to use more counter because the DT is chasing the play and will help create a huge hole when we run the counter to him.INSIDE/OUTSIDE ZONE: MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: GAMEPLANNING INSIDE ZONE = not as good vs. OG & C from the 2i to Mike.it is better to shade side than reduction side BECAUSE we should get three initial double teams.

FORCING a cutback). the look you mentioned (run to weak side. If you are in 2 TE's & 2 WR's. If OG uses shoulder or forearm. PLAYSIDE 0/SHADE (1 TECHNIQUE): I would have the guard tighten down his splits to 6-12" and coach him to stop the 0/shade's penetration with a quick. but will usually end up working up on "Mike".he will CUTBACK!!!!! We like to "fold" (2 men) a lot on the zone.seeking to run to the side of the defense which has 3 men. DISADVANTAGES OF ZONE RUNNING GAME: in answer to the question about "disadvantages of the system" . NOTE: RB can deepen because with a shaded Nose . a 3 tech & Center uncovered . Center cut off Mike LB). it is best run as a DIRECTIONAL . PLAYSIDE 3 TECHNIQUE: If we absolutely have to run the inside zone to the 3 technique side. he MIGHT get tied up with him. OS OG fold around PS OT onto LB. so this is just a slight hesitation). Center fold on LB. On OT man 5 tech).i would say that two men working together in zone blocking (or for that matter in counter/power blocking) must get to know each other's every move very well. The THEORY of the play was to run it away from the shade or control of the Nose. & it will take time. TE base reach technique on DE.but it usually ends up man with ON G on ILB & ON T on DE). and the defense is in a 2 safety deep shell .Center can still zone towards the 3 technique. we ”TAG" (play side OT & OG fold) quite a bit: (PS OT down block DT.SOMEONE may has 2 gap responsibility.INSIDE/OUTSIDE ZONE: MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: RUNNING INSIDE ZONE FROM 2 TE FORMATION: Remember this when running the Inside Zone with 2 TE personnel in the game. . Thus. Same as RG & RT vs "3-4" with DE in 5 technique (ON G & ON T still zone . 3 & 7 techs) we like to fold the Center & On Guard. Vs. firm shot before he goes on to zone with PS OT (if DE is in a 5 tech OG will usually end up on LB anyway. 5. since it was almost impossible to control the offset nose with the Center (4 of the front 7 defenders will be on the side of the shaded Nose . Use that to your advantage. The zone steps widen the defense regardless if you get the double team or not. Against. 1. That threw the ON OT into MAN on the 5 technique (On OG block down on Nose.

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4 WR (2 SE. SE TO WEAK SIDE) SPREAD FORMATION. ALIGN TAG X TWINS SLOT T G C QB G T Y WING PRO Z FAR-4 3 2 NEAR-4 . except if one is FAR-4 or NEAR-4. 1 TWINS ALIGN. 1 PRO ALIGN) 3 WR SET ALIGNED IN TRIANGLE TO WEAK WITH Y ALIGNED TO STRENGTH 2 TE FORMATION WITH FLANKER ALIGNED TO STRENGTH 2 TE FORMATION WITH WING ALIGNED TO STRENGTH All tags involve either moving the 4 back to the assigned spot. “GUN”.R-L RAG . Calls with two Tags in the call. or substituting in a receiver for the 4. will create a single back set with a re-align of the 3 or a substitution.LACE RIO – LEO RAM – LION ROPE – LOT RIGHT-LEFT BUNCH BIG WING BASE FORMATION. 2 BACKS 2 RECVRS Formation Scheme BASE TWINS FORMATION (TWINS TO WEAK SIDE) TRIPS FORMATION (2 FLANKER’S ALIGNED TO STRONG SIDE (SAME TAGS AS OTHERS)) 3 WR SET (2 SPLIT ENDS 1 FLANKER ALIGNED BETWEEN PRO AND WING) 4 WR SET (TRIPS TO STRENGTH. Any of these formations can be run in GUN formation by shifting QB to 3 spot and align the backs in NEAR-4 and/or FAR-4 The formation call would be BASE FORMATION.

Play Series Numbering 10 Series 20 Series 30 Series 40 Series 100 / 200 300 / 400 QB Runs and Draws 2 Back Running Plays (TB) 3 Back Running Plays (FB) 4 Back Running Plays (Near/Far) Play Action Passes 3 Step Passes Receivers are numbered 1 through x starting from the sideline in. 500 / 600 700 / 800 900 / 000 5 Step Passes Rollout / Dash Passes Boot Passes R 26 Power 100 series through 000 are all passing plays. We have call side receivers and backside receivers. The 2nd number tells the #1 WR his route. the 3rd the route #2 RAG `654 is the 5 step drop back pass with #1 running a hitch and #2 running an out R 224 CROSS PIVOT is play-action fake the 24 and #1 running a cross and #2 running a pivot We can also combine certain routes into packages to make play calling easier .

R X T G C QB TWINS SLOT FAR-4 3 NEAR-4 WING PRO Z G T Y 2 L Y T G C QB Z PRO WING NEAR-4 3 FAR-4 SLOT TWINS G T X 2 .

RAG X Z SLOT T G C G T Y QB WING PRO In RAG TWINS the Z moves to the SLOT alignment and the A receiver lines up in the Z position (the TWINS alignment) FAR-4 3 NEAR-4 2 LACE Y T G C G T X SLOT Z PRO WING QB NEAR-4 3 FAR-4 2 .

RIO A T G C G T Y TWINS SLOT QB WING X Z FAR-4 NEAR-4 2 LEO Y T G C G T A Z X WING QB SLOT TWINS NEAR-4 FAR-4 2 .

RAM Z T G C G T X TWINS SLOT QB WING Y PRO NEAR-4 3 FAR-4 2 LION X T G C G T Z PRO Y WING QB SLOT TWINS FAR-4 3 NEAR-4 2 .

ROPE X T G C G T Z QB PRO WING Y A FAR-4 NEAR-4 2 LOT Z T G C G T X A Y QB WING PRO NEAR-4 FAR-4 2 .

RIGHT X T G C G T Z A WING QB SLOT Y FAR-4 NEAR-4 2 LEFT Z T G C G T X Y SLOT QB WING A NEAR-4 FAR-4 2 .

BUNCH RIGHT Y Y T G C G T Z QB A X 2 BUNCH LEFT Z T G C G T Y Y X A QB 2 .

BIG R Y T G C G T Y TWINS SLOT QB WING PRO 3 2 2 BIGL Y T G C G T Y PRO WING QB SLOT TWINS 2 3 2 .

WING R Y T G C G T Y PRO SLOT QB X TWINS FAR-4 3 NEAR-4 2 WING L Y T G C G T Y TWINS X QB SLOT PRO NEAR-4 3 FAR-4 2 .

1. Defensive Fronts 30's 33 34 35 A E W E W N E S BA A E W 34 OVER N E S BA E A 35 OVER N W E S BA 33 OVER A N E S E S BA A E W 34 UNDER N E S E S BA E A 35 UNDER N E W S N W E S BA 33 UNDER A E N W BA A E N W BA E A BA 40's 43 44 45 A E W E W N E BA S A E W 44 OVER N E BA S E A 45 OVER N W E BA S 43 OVER A N E BA S E BA S A E W 44 UNDER N E BA S E BA S E A 45 UNDER N E BA S W N W E BA S 43 UNDER A E N W A E N W E A .

Defensive Fronts 50's 53 54 55 A 53 OVER E N W S E W N S E B A E B A E B A A E W 54 OVER N S N S E B A E B A E B A 55 OVER E A N W S N W S N W S E B A E B A E B A A A E W 54 UNDER 53 UNDER 55 UNDER E A A E N W S A E N W S E A 10's 11 21 20's 31 30's BA 32 A 12 W EE S BA 22 A W E E S A W E W E E S E S E S BA A 13 E E W S E BA 23 A E W E S BA 33 A BA A E W S BA A E W E S BA A E W BA .2.

Slug Swap Scoop Single Double Triple Y T G C G T Y Solid Trip Trio Heavy SLAM DOUBLE (INSIDE ZONE.1. on level one to a linebacker inside of POA on level two. Blocking Schemes – Combo 2 or more adjacent offensive lineman working together on a defensive lineman. The aiming point and the direction to scoop will rotate depends on the POA. Usually between an uncovered OL and a covered OL working to a LB within their blocking zone. RB has ILB) STRETCH SCOOP BS SEAL or STRETCH PLAY Heavy B B B B B B B Solid Trip Trio B B B B B B . RB has 1 OLB) st STRETCH DOUBLE (OUTSIDE ZONE.

2. The first letter indicates who the Fold blocker is and the last indicates the Pin blocker. Gas Rt.S is the Center 2. we tag the call with a left or a right to tell which guard the center will be working with. 1. Gat Tae The naming scheme indicates who the two OL’s involved in the Fold and who is Pin Blocking and who is the Folder.E is the End B B B B G T G T C G T E Gat Tag Gas Rt (BSG and C) Tae .Fold Eat Tag Gas Lt.G is the Guard 3. Sag Rt. The first and last letters are the indicators. Blocking Schemes . In the case of gas and Sag. Tag Eat Y T G C G T Y Tae Gat Sag Lt.T is the tackle 4.

Blocking Schemes – Additional Trap 3 Call Trap 5 Call G Scheme B B B Step It Toe It TAE w/ Step It (RB must block ILB) B B B B B .3.

lf the defender aligned on you slants inside — punch and push off the defender and explode to 2d level to block the onside LB’er.4. NOTE: As you take the HALF BUCKET STEP to read the hip aligned on the outside blocker. We refer to this as a half bucket step. Do not allow linebacker to cross your face. If he is aligned inside eye. we want the outside blocker to maintain contact — once you feel contact from the inside blocker now you can look for the scrapping linebacker on level 2. use a split eye on the linebacker over you as he may be playing under your block. If the defender loops out or locks on. lf the defenders NEAR hip is coming toward you. lf the defender is aligned head-up step with playside footthis is a short 6 inch lateral step aiming for a point between the sternum and playside number. he will replacement step with playside foot aiming the nose of the headgear to block the playside number of the defender. Zone Blocking Notes I. . explode up under the defenders chin making sure to stop penetration. immediately explode back on the LB’er blocking him in the numbers. allowing the other st blocker to come off the block to handle the linebacker. A. half bucket step with playside st foot aiming for point between his sternum and playside number. All power zone blocks initially start out as an inside-out double team. whip your hands and move your feet like pistons working to get movement up the field.) Take a short lateral step with playside foot aiming for a point between his sternum and playside number. As the inside blocker takes his half bucket step it is important to read the movement of the defensive man on outside blocker. either the Outside blocker or Inside blocker will gain control over the defender on the 1 level.) The outside blocker must read the alignment of the defender aligned on him so he can hit the proper landmark and initially create the movement on the 1 level. ZONE BLOCKING PRINCIPLES Power Zone blocking is between two offensive linemen responsible for blocking two defenders in a certain area towards the point of attack The purpose of using the Power Zone Blocking Scheme is to stop penetration. INSIDE BLOCKER: (Offensive linemen covered by a linebacker or uncovered. punch and push off the defender and explode to the 2d level to block the playside n breast of the LB’er. a good drive block technique. lf the defender has locked on or is widening with the outside blocker. In this type of blocking scheme. As movement begins. it is critical to create movement on the 1st level before coming off for the linebacker. OUTSIDE BLOCKER: (Offensive lineman covered by a down lineman. Upon making contact. If this is the situation. lf the defender is aligned on the outside eye or shoulder. Block the LB'er by exploding up through his n numbers using. create movement on the first level and also seal off the onside LB’er. Both Stretch Double and Slam techniques can be used. B.

This is to bide time for the backside guard to not allow leakage. The playside guard is the outside blocker and the center is the inside blocker. Used when playside tackle is uncovered. This block is used to get to the onside to middle LB’er. 2. B. If the NG stays backside explode to the 2d level for the backside LB’er. When executing a High Wall Technique it is extremely important to keep your feet and run the defender past the hole with movement up the field. Zone Blocking Notes The following terms are used for POWER ZONE BLOCKING at the Point of Attack. POWER SWAP TECHNIQUE Zone blocking between the backside guard and backside tackle. HIGH WALL TECHNIQUE Used when the backside offensive lineman has no help from his backside buddy. The playside guard is the outside blocker and the center is the inside blocker. On his second step. The third step is an explosion to the 2nd level looking for the backside LB’er. 1. The TE is the outside blocker and the tackle is the inside blocker. 3. The third step is an explosion step to the second level looking for the backside LB’er. Used when playside tackle is covered. The guard will take a replacement step with his playside foot and will release tight through the playside number of the 3 technique. lf the NG is head up lateral step with the playside foot aiming the nose of your head gear for his playside number. POWER SCOOP TECHNIQUE This is used by the center and backside guard. NOTE: lf the backside LB’er moves to a stack over the guard to a shade inside. Used to block middle to backside LB’er. II. The aiming point is the inside number. The tackle is the outside blocker and the guard is the inside blocker. LB'er second step is knee to the crotch with backside foot. . Power single is used when the playside tackle is uncovered. COMBO SINGLE BLOCK — Power single block between the playside guard and center. When the guard is uncovered. C. Power Ace is used when the playside tackle is covered. If the NG is shaded backside replacement n step with playside foot aiming the nose of your head gear for the playside number of the defender. COMBO TRIPLE BLOCK — Power Zone block between the TE and playside tackle. The angle of the toe is directly proportioned to how far inside he is aligned.5. 4. COMBO DOUBLE BLOCK — Power Zone block between the playside tackle and playside guard. BACKSIDE ZONE BLOCKING PRINCIPLES A. COMBO ACE·TO—BLOCK — Power Zone block between the onside guard and center. you may have to resort to a Full Swap Technique. Center must be uncovered to have a single situation. and the nose guard is head up or shaded backside. This technique will be used when the guard is covered by a down lineman who is head up to outside eye or shoulder and the LB'er is stacked over the tackle. shoot knee to crotch and must “rip” his backside arm and shoulder up into the defender. If NG locks on or widens maintain contact.

Block Scheme Examples vs. 5-3 B B B B B B IN PLAYS (7 ZONE) 3 TECH – SLAM DBL IN PLAYS (5 ZONE) 3 TECH – SLAM DBL B B B B B B OUT PLAYS (8 ZONE) 3 TECH – STRCH DBL OUT PLAYS (7 ZONE) 3 TECH – STRCH DBL B B B B B B OUT PLAYS (8 ZONE) 3 TECH [GAT CALL] OUT PLAYS (7 ZONE) 3 TECH [GAT CALL] .

5-3 to OVER SIDE B B IN PLAYS (5 ZONE) 3 TECH – SLAM SINGLE w/ STEP IT by BSG B B B IN PLAYS (6 ZONE) 3 TECH – SLAM SINGLE w/ STEP IT by BSG .Block Scheme Examples vs.

Block Scheme Examples vs. STRETCH SCOOP w/ SLAM DBL B B B IN PLAYS (5 ZONE) 3 TECH – STRETCH SLUG. 5-3 to UNDER SIDE B B B IN PLAYS (6 ZONE) 3 TECH – STRETCH SLUG. STRETCH SCOOP w/ SLAM DBL .

INSIDE 5-3 B B B IN PLAYS (5 ZONE) 3 and 5 TECH – SLAM SWAP B B B IN PLAYS (5 ZONE) 3 and 5 TECH – SLAM SINGLE .Block Scheme Examples vs.

Block Scheme Examples vs. 4-3 B B B B B B IN PLAYS (6 ZONE) 43 – SLAM DBL IN PLAYS (5 ZONE) 43 – STRCH DBL B B B B B B IN PLAYS to Weak Side (6 ZONE) 43 .SLAM SCOOP & TAG CALL BS A gap is possible cutback lane IN PLAYS to Weak Side (5 ZONE) 43 – SLAM SINGLE & TAG CALL BS A gap is possible cutback lane .

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