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Offensive Line Manual
• We are LEADERS
We will be leaders both on the field by clearing the way and leading the play to the end-zone, as well as leaders off the field within the team, within the school, and within the community. Our position as offensive linemen requires many great character qualities. We must be selfless, working and toiling for the greater good while receiving little or no glory. Always doing what is right and what is necessary for all to succeed. We must be reliable and consistent. We must be team players. We must be a unit, acting as one to execute schemes and concepts while adjusting to the defense. We must trust each other and we must be trustworthy, earning and deserving the trust and respect of our coaches and teammates. More…. • We must be SMART
Who, What, When, Where…but also understand the Why? (Know what the whole unit is doing, what the back is doing, and why the scheme or concept works) Know assignment. Know blocking schemes and protection concepts Know defenses and our adjustments Know and use calls • We must be PHYSICAL
We must be the meanest, toughest group on the field. We must have a blue collar wok ethic. We will out-work, out-physical every opponent. When you square off with us you better bring your lunch pail because it is going to be a long day of work. You may beat us on a block here or there, but at the end of the day you are going to limp away knowing you were in a fight. Knock Downs – any part of the body touches the ground. Bull Dozers – demoralizing drive block. Pancake – dominating knock down. We want to create as many double teams as possible taking advantage of every opportunity to demoralize the DL. • We must be TECHNICAL MASTERS
Put on a clinic every game. Great feet. Great hands.
Offensive linemen need to be fundamentally tough and fundamentally sound in both the run and pass game. To be an effective and fundamentally sound offensive lineman requires patience and many hours of hard work on and off the field. Offensive linemen need to understand that run and pass blocking are an unnatural task and can be developed to a greater degree than any other phase of the game (skill acquisition). Successful offensive
line play depends on the execution, the perfection, and the mastery of the techniques required in the run and pass game. An offensive lineman’s success can only be brought about with tremendous WORK ETHIC and CONFIDENCE in his ability in both the run and pass game. CONCENTRATION, SELF-DISCIPLINE, COMMUNICATION, and the WILLINGNESS to pay the price are part of being a respected offensive lineman.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 1.Toughness 2.Intelligence 3.Work Ethic 4.Team Player 5.Great Feet 6.Great Vision 7. Hip flexibility (the ability to unlock the hips), knee, and ankle flexibility. 8.Balance; A lineman will redirect his feet approximately 5 times per play. The strength and success of every team is based on the strength of the offensive line. Therefore, it is imperative that offensive linemen establish a presence.
THE LITTLE THINGS There is no position in football that requires more discipline or technique then being an offensive lineman. The success of any football team, hinges on its ability to control the line of scrimmage. To win consistently, you must win in the trenches and that means playing on your opponent's side of the line of scrimmage not yours. Information contained in this section is my personal believes and the basic mechanics I use when talking technique and developing the terminology I will use with my drill work. The information contained in this section will be the fundamental wording when teaching your technique and developing your drills. It is my approach, like many other line coaches that we out - execute our opponents. This is a lot easier said than done! To take this approach and to believe in this philosophy means a great deal of time must be spent on fundamentals and blocking technique. My primary goal as I prepare our blocking schemes is that they be simple and that they have a basic rule that can tie them all into one another. Thus, I try to keep the rules and line calls simple, it will give your offensive line the chance to perfect there techniques and perform them in an aggressive manner. To be a good offensive line requires more than just discipline or good blocking technique. It requires "PRIDE" -- pride in yourself; your group; and your team. A team with "PRIDE" is a hard team to beat. It's my belief, the faster your offensive line understands that working for common goals as a group not as individuals builds your foundation for UNITY and PRIDE. A group that's unified is more apt to do the "LITTLE THINGS" that most teams are not willing to do. No detail should ever be overlooked, regardless of how non-important it may look on the surface. The difference between WINNING and LOSING often lies in the failure to do the little things! Not every offensive lineman that plays for you will make it to the NFL or COLLEGE or be an ALL-
AMERICAN or even a STARTER, but every offensive lineman that decides to play for you can hustle and hit and be a good TEAM PLAYER.
LAY IT ON THE LINE!!!
Run Fundamentals Greenville High Department of Transportation “Paving the Way” .
drive up and through defender. eyes focused straight ahead. When pulling. Finish block with hip thrust and arm extension forward and upward until play ends. 4. 3. Drop elbows down on knees (I actually prefer hands on thighs as we will discuss at practice) C. 2. do not lean in direction of pull. If in a three point stance the hand will be placed just inside of the foot. 7. Toe to instep stagger. Weight equally distributed on 1/3’s (2 feet and hand) . choppy steps. D. On double-team blocks. 8. • Points of Emphasis (Photos 1-3) A. outside foot back. 5. Keep feet on ground. Keep shoulders low and square. Run Fundamentals 1) Stance We work out of a balanced stance that we can run block. inside foot up E. We do not want to tip off our opponents by being too “tight” or heavy on our hand. take a pass set or pull from. out in front of the head. Feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart B.” The following is a list of fundamentals that we do as often as possible. I am a firm believer that a player must be fundamentally sound and understand the progression of “blocking that guy. back straight. Legs drive with short. plant power foot forcibly. 6. maintain wide base. Winning Points for Offensive Line Blocking 1.OFFENSIVE LINE FUNDEMENALS Some guys like to scream and holler about “block that guy” or just focus on assignments. maintain hip-to-hip relationship. On combination blocks. explode from stance. neck bowed with head up. finish block together. On goalline/short-yardage situations. 9. Get off ball quickly. generate power from ground up through legs and back. both linemen start in one direction and determine blocking targets on the move. assume four-point stance. anticipate snap count. Some of these drills the players can work on by themselves during the off-season without pads.
lead with feet and eyes. bring feet with you.2) Feet Quick feet. short choppy steps. etc. . stomp the arches… 3) Hands Elbows in thumbs up and 4 inches or less apart. backside number. shoot hands to breast plate and arm pits of Defender… 4) Balance Do not lunge.play-side numbers. wide base. not hands….lift-don’t push… 5) Aiming Points Feet and hands to aiming points….
PASS PROTECTION .
14. Stay relatively flat-footed with the weight on the inside of bother feet. You won’t see it but will feel it. Then. Don’t lean on the defender after contact (“Don’t lean on your hands” is the term we use). Stay off your toes. really STICK HIM! 15. 5. Don’t allow the rusher to make contact while you are still in the process of getting into the fundamental pass pro position. The Guards and Center provide for the depth of the pocket on drop back passes and the Tackles provide for the width. This knowledge is vital so that the blocker will position himself properly in relation to the QB and the rusher. Use your legs to provide the power to stop a rusher rather than leaning on him. Use of hands is vital. the head goes back. 9. 6. Make contact with the rusher on or near the line of scrimmage. If you are covered by a down defender. put “head on a swivel” and find possible escaping rusher. Always have a target which is a small point on the defender’s uniform on which the blocker focuses. Don’t commit too soon. You will be susceptible to being pulled. . 2. In most cases. 3. 11. The player who establishes inside hand position on his opponent first will almost always win. The target is determined by the man’s strongest or best move. 17. When not covered by a rusher. Don’t tie yourself up by being too rigid prior to contact. When the hands and arms extend to jam the rusher. Be patient. 16. Let the rusher make the first commitment unless it’s a pass play requiring an aggressive technique. You won’t be able to adjust to a move by the defender. 8. 4.BASICS OF PASS PROTECTION 1. Cover in the direction the pass is thrown in case of an interception. 13. Get into the pass set quickly. 12. 7. 10. be dominant with the inside hand. Always know where the QB set up point is. The inside foot is the POST foot and the outside foot is the SET foot. always know if you have help and where that help is coming from. Cover the defender with your feet (your feet opposite his). Maintain a loose and relaxed posture prior to contact.
The blocker can pick up the outside foot and move in the direction of the wide defender without taking a false step which he might have to do if he was in a stance with the inside foot back.STANCE The blockers on the right side of the line are in a right handed stance and the blockers on the left side of the line are in a left handed stance. Weight should be concentrated on the inside of both feet. the blocker is able to move to the inside or outside more effectively. The down hand should be slightly inside the staggered knee with the arm straight and the fingers extended. As a general rule. . 2. Too narrow a stance takes away from stability while too wide a stance inhibits lateral movement. but as a general rule. The eyes not only see the defender in front of the blocker but also other defenders in the area to get a feel for possible blitzes and twists. the feet should be about shoulder width. again allowing for individual differences. Helps when setting to an outside defender. the toe of the outside or staggered foot should be in the area of the instep to heel of the inside foot. Allows the blocker to have a firm inside which helps in protecting against the inside rush by the pass rusher. The outside foot stagger accomplishes two things: 1. By having the weight inside. The other elbow should squeeze the knee of the inside leg to aid in keeping the weight on the inside of that foot. If the weight is on the outside foot. the lateral steps inside or outside will be big and slow. Forcing the knees inside helps to place the weight on the inside. The outside foot is staggered. Reach as far as possible with the down hand but keep the weight in the hips. The head is up but not straining. The degree of stagger will be different with each individual. The inside foot is called the POST foot and the outside foot is called the SET foot.
. relaxed and ready to move (the upright rigid position occurs after contact). The butt sinks and the knees remain bent. The lower the blocker sets.BASICS OF PASS SET Getting quickly from the stance and into a pass blocking position is vital. 7. The nose should be aligned directly above the crotch. Maintain a stagger but not so much that the weight goes to the heel of the Post foot.. If the set is slow. 5. If this alignment isn’t maintained throughout the block. Throughout the set. he will usually win that confrontation. 2. Weight remains on the inside of the feet with about 60% of the weight on the inside or Post leg. The upper body should be loose and relaxed with the shoulder slightly forward and the neck also relaxed. Although footwork will vary on different sets based on the alignment of the defender. The target is the spot where the blocker wants his nose aligned in relation to the defender. Stay off the toes. rigid position. the higher he can carry his hands. If the blocker can “win the first second” of the battle with body position. the defender has a great advantage as he will be into the blocker before the blocker is in a position to take on the rusher. the rigidness is also felt in the legs and the ability to move prior to contact is restricted. 9. 6. it means the blocker is leaning to one side or another. hands. 1. This causes leaning and makes it easy for the defender to pull the blocker. Hands come up to shoulder to chest level. Head and upper body come up quickly. Where the target is depends on different factors such as the alignment of the defender or if the blocker has help from an uncovered teammate. the eyes are on a target. The hands should be relaxed with the thumbs 4-6" apart. 8. Be like a basketball player. Getting proper foot. body. and head position is the basis for great pass position. The elbows are close to the body and bent so the arms are 8-10" from full extension. a spot on the defender’s jersey. 4. If the blocker sets in an upright. 3. etc. there are key elements present in every pass set.
the ability to continue kick stepping is lost. Once again. 3. don’t let the head go past midline of the body. the outside foot will be called the SET foot and the inside foot will be called the POST foot. Keep weight concentrated on inside foot and leg. always set so that the nose of the blocker is aligned with the inside number of the defender which will insure a slight inside out position on the defender. This helps to maintain the weight on the inside leg. The ankle is wider than the knee and the knee is wider than the hip. Power Step . It is intended to take away inside rush lanes. 2. aggressive. .Flat. Pass sets are determined by the alignment of the defender in relation to the blocker and the QB. it is the objective of the blocker to set his body in a position where he always has the defender in a tight 3 (Guard) or 5 (Tackle) technique. Slide .Move by opposite foot after Kick or Power step. Kick step . Shown below are alignments and how they are labeled. The nose should stay aligned with the crotch.PASS SETS For communication purposes. inside step with the post foot. In one on one blocking. That is. Footwork 1.Outside step with the SET foot. If the weight transfers to the outside leg.
Keep the weight concentrated on the inside leg so that the outside foot can continue to kick up and widen the rusher. Try to trip the defender with the post foot. flattening the rusher to the inside. and open hand into the chest of the rusher. widen him. Maintain the stagger. Keep the head out of the block with the upper body upright and rigid. the blocker should “hop” back with the feet to regain the stagger. 1. The heel of the outside or stagger foot should be on the ground to prevent tipping forward or getting pulled by the rusher. Listed below are techniques and tips to accomplish this. Use the power generated through bent knees and the stagger to stop the forward progress of the rusher. e. 3. Keep the head out. lock on (the exception is a tackle blocking a wide. 4. b. b. 6. If the defender tries to rush inside.” a. allowing as little closure to the QB as possible. Maintain bent knee position with outside foot stagger. he now has to maintain contact with the rusher. c. Maintain nose to inside number alignment. Hard pressure with inside hand to prevent defender from coming back inside. power step to the inside. upfield rusher) and maintain a full lockout position. with the elbows in. Once contact is made. thumbs up. c. If the defender tries to power or bull rush through the defender. 7. If the weight shifts to the outside foot. The base should widen after contact to aid in lateral stability. Don’t try to get separation. a. The blocker may loose a little ground by doing this but he will . brace up as if you were being “pushed” off a cliff. Don’t “lean on the hands”. the ability to continue to kick out is eliminated. 2. d.AFTER CONTACT After the blocker sets and punches. Stop the defender with leg power generated by bent knees. the post foot won’t bail out (drop back) which creates a soft inside shoulder and allows a rush lane inside to the QB. 9. 5. Don’t lean on hands (The rusher may be setting you up for a pull or jerk move). 8. You won’t actually trip him but by emphasizing this. Don’t “lean on hands”. If the defender has leverage and is “walking” the blocker back to the QB because the blocker has lost his stagger. If the defender tries to rush through the outside shoulder. The weight should still be on the inside of the feet with about 60% of the weight on the inside leg.
If inside hand placement has been lost. .regain his base. This is much better than continuing to be walked back by the rusher because of a lost stagger. then aggressively up into his chest. re-establish inside hand position by bringing hands under the defenders arms. d.
Keep the weight concentrated on the inside or post leg. Clamp and trap the rip arm in the armpit. 1. Keep the foot and body moving in the direction of the swim move so the lane to the QB is shut off. make punch so effective that the defender misses the grab. 2. d. Rip . then attempt to bring his opposite arm over the blocker while bringing his off leg past the leg of the blocker to the side of the pull. the blocker pushes on the hip of the rusher to widen him. d.The rusher will rip his upper arm into the opposite arm pit area of the blocker. Swim . DON’T ALLOW THAT HAND TO LOSE CONTACT WITH THE DEFENDER. at the same time.The rusher will grab a shoulder and pull. The blocker drops the center of gravity (with the rip arm trapped) to prevent the rusher from completing the rip. Counter a. straight armed clubbing action with his arm.A move perfected by Howie Long of the Raiders. Keep the feet and body moving in the direction of the rip to shut off the rush lane to the QB. The rusher than comes back to the other side. Press with more force than the defender is pulling with. As the opposite arm swims over the blocker. If he gets the grab. Counter a. c. The key to countering this move is proper weight distribution and body mechanics. the blocker presses hard with the hand to the side of the grab. b. bringing the opposite leg past the leg of the blocker. Below are some common moves and their counters. With the off hand. Counter a. b. trying to get him to lean in that direct. .PASS RUSH MOVES AND COUNTERS The ability to counter a pass rush move is important. 3. c. The intent is to push the blocker in the direction of the lean caused by the quick initial move. the blocker places the hand to that side into the armpit of the swim arm and pushes hard. b. the rusher makes a quick move to one side of the blocker. Club . thereby opening up a rush lane to the QB. at the same time hitting the opposite upper arm of the blocker with a hard horizontal. First of all.
The ability to do this is aided by the hands and arms being relaxed during the set and prior to contact. be strong with the arm being clubbed. In other works. The blocker “fake jams”. If can also distract the blocker from executing his other techniques. Counter a. b. Once the hand position has been re-established. while he’s involved in trying to knock the blocker’s hands away. his timing is disrupted and he has to start over on his rush. Be patient.c. he’s not grabbing the blocker or getting his hands on the blocker in a meaningful way. he will bail out and create a soft shoulder when he reacts to the change of direction by the rusher. f. If it gets knocked away. he’s not grabbing.A hand slapper wants to knock the hands down and prevent the blocker from getting his hands on the defender. If the blocker leans. A hand slapper relies on making contact with the blocker. Time the punch. c. If the blocker slaps and misses. then punches into the body of the rusher after he has tried to slap and missed. Hand Slap . continue to go through with the basic pass protection techniques. e. A “fake jam” is merely showing the hands to the rusher. Punching too early will cause a forward lean which is detrimental. The first things to remember is that. bring the hands back into position before the defender can do the same with his hands. After the punch. 4. d. then getting into his pass rush move before the blocker can get his hands back in position. A very effective technique is the “fake jam”. So the key is for the blocker to not be distracted by the slap but to immediately after the slap. . get it quickly back into the frame of the defender and apply pressure. Don’t lean in the direction of the initial move. if the defender is slapping. then pulling them back. Keep the body and feet moving to stay in front of the defender and shut off rush lanes to the QB. The rusher wants the blocker to lean in the direction of his initial move. Keep the nose over the crotch.
OFFENSIVE LINE DRILLS Don’t Get By. Get Better .
.Pre-Practice (during Special Teams) Pipe Drills 1) Forward Step with Power Foot Base-Balance-Power Helps with over-striding Lead with heal Sit on your hips (sit in the chair) Staggered foot should stay outside of your hip Like being pulled by the rusher Down and back with right foot. then down and back with left foot.
chin in/head back Down and back with right foot. many will over-stride and step on the pipes. Defender reaches for Inside shoulder of OL and we “wipe” his arm off of us and get our inside punch back onto the DL’s chest plate. “dolly” the chest. then down and back with left foot. As we begin to concentrate on the punch.2) Later Power Step Base-Balance-Power Helps with over-striding Lead with heal Sit on your hips (sit in the chair) Staggered foot should stay outside of your hip Punch with inside arm Shoulders back. . This is done as the OL steps through the pipes. 3) Lateral Power Step with Wipe and Punch Same as above but add a partner acting as the defender.
1 L R . who is covered by an outside shade. Drop step and get on the angle to the Zone Combo. must be executed from position specific stance. 1st step is over the pipe and quick into the ground. 2nd step quick-pound into the tire. 1st step is over the pipe and quick into the ground.Pipes – 2nd Step Quickness 4) Zone Steps Work out of both a 2 point & 3 point stance. must be executed from position specific stance. Bring the 2nd foot to the crotch of the defender. 4 3 2 Depicted from Left Handed Stance. 2nd step quick-pound into the tire. The footwork is for the uncovered lineman in the Zone (Alabama/Arkansas). Get 2nd Step in the Ground (Pound) 4 3 2 1 R L 1 L R 5) Trail Step Work out of both a 2 point & 3 point stance. The footwork is for the covered lineman in the Zone (Alabama/Arkansas). 4 Get 2 Step in the Ground (Pound) 3 2 L R 1 3 nd 4 2 Depicted from Right Handed Stance.
who is covered by an inside shade or head up defender. straight ahead. 2nd step quick-pound into the tire. . Bring the 2nd foot to the crotch of the defender. The first step is with the play-side foot even though the defender may be on our inside eye. Get 2nd Step in the Ground (Pound) 3 4 2 4 2 3 1 1 R L R L Depicted from Left Handed Stance. The footwork is for the covered lineman in the Zone (Alabama/Arkansas). 1st step is over the pipe and quick into the ground. must be executed from position specific stance.6) Lead Step Work out of both a 2 point & 3 point stance.
Have a semi-flat back “looking thru the eyebrows.O.” On command offensive player will step with right foot first and press the player off the L.Chutes – Bend at the Knees and Hip-Lift The Bag! Work out of both a 2 point & 3 point stance. Emphasize bending the knees and starting in the “fit position. bent down. Bow neck and bend knees with weight on the defender. with palms up to hold offensive player elbows and support them. 7) Fit Five defenders stand at edge of chutes. .S.” Have players drive off with good base. short power steps. Offensive players put face on chest of defender with hands on breastplate of defender. “hitting on the rise.” Repeat and step with the left foot first.
8) Zone Step 8 6 9 7 8 6 5 9 7 8 6 5 9 7 8 6 5 9 7 8 6 5 9 7 5 4 3 2 1 2 4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 4 3 1 This is the Zone step taken by a covered lineman who has an outside shade DL on the inside zone. 9) Trail Steps 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 This is the Trail step taken by an uncovered lineman who is attempting to reach the playside gap and get into a hip-to-hip combo with the covered lineman on the inside zone. .
10) Pull Get head across to the inside of the bag. 8 6 9 7 6 5 8 9 7 6 5 8 9 7 6 5 8 9 7 6 5 8 9 7 5 4 3 2 1 2 4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 4 3 1 11) LB’s 4 3 2 1 2 4 3 1 .
Other Run Block Drills 12) Dig / Cutoff block Drill used to teach OL how to cutoff backside gaps on run plays. Hands) with their helmets on the pads. Violent contact should be made with the ball of the hand. Open step with right foot. reach block. Base block. On the coaching command “hit” they strike the pad with an open handed punch. Thumbs up.. crossover with left foot (Picture 17) and rip the left shoulder underneath the defender.e. elbows in tight. All of these drills will help your OL with the basic block that they must do to help you win a championship. (Picture 18) Repeat this drill to the other side (i. all linemen in a six point position (Toes. We will also work on our combination drills for zone and gaps plays based on the emphasis of the day. cutting off with RG/RT). He will beat you inside if you do this. lock out . Common mistakes are stepping and looking at the defender. (Picture 19) WRONG! CORRECT! The previous drills are our base-run fundamentals. then press the defender north and south getting inside out. cutoff block 13) 6 Point-Hands One the sled.tell the OL to pick out a spot 18” inside the defenders. On the coaching command “set” they cock their arms (draw your guns). reaching LT/LG/Center. Run a 40-yard sprint thru the spot and rip the left shoulder underneath the defender until you clear your hips. Knees. • With the LG/LT we are working the 18” cutoff block .
We take our first two steps into a DL holding a shield and shoot only one and lift the defender. hip to hip. 16) Post Drive (Combo) Fit Drill Lead man and Post man “fit up” into the double team. 17) Zone Combo (coming off) Two OL and one DL/one LB. We then progress to doing the same thing starting from our stance. This allows the coach to test the “lock-out/pull” mentioned above. showing the OL movement. The OL starts with the double team and then one of them comes off based on the defensive movement. The DL and LB will stunt/blitz. Spin (two whistle drill) Start the same as above.14) Down Blocks Use the Trail Step technique. Get face/shoulder into the contact at the same time as the hand hits. 15) Post Drive (Combo) Tap Lift Drill This drill is to practice being the lead man on a double team combo. on the second whistle the DL will attempt to spin out to the play-side. Play-side backside 2 backside Play-side 2 1 Left side blocking down 1 Right side blocking down Variation: Down Block vs. . shoulder to shoulder and drive the DL together. Upon contact work to lock out play-side arm and pull with backside arm to prevent the DL from crossing your face or spinning out.
Vertical Sets Why do we Vertical Set? Allows us to pick up stunts. . Finally it allows us to identify and block the MDM (most dangerous man) when the defense is sending more than we can block. twists. Our Vertical Set also allows us to cut off the outside rush without opening up the door for an inside move. and zone blitzes because the defense declares their intention and execute their stunt before the reach the level of our vertical set. So we are able to “switch” or hand people off before we ever make contact.
. a Head Up Technique 5 yards Right Guard or Tackle In a Right Handed Stance Vs. an Inside Shade All drills begin with the toes on the front horizontal line.Vertical Set Drills (can be done as a part of Pre-Practice along with the pipe drills) THE GRID 5 yards Right Guard or Tackle In a Right Handed Stance Vs. a Head Up Technique Left Guard or Tackle In a Left Handed Stance Vs.” We will vertical set and get our crotch over the line then react to the rush of the DL with power-steps or kickslides. an Inside Shade Left Guard or Tackle In a Left Handed Stance Vs. The vertical lines represent the pre-snap alignment of the DL “on.
18) Vertical Sets vs. Head Up DL 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 .
Inside Shade DL 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 .19) Vertical Sets vs.
Head Up DL Then Power Step for Inside Charge 2 4 1 3 3 1 2 4 2 4 1 3 3 1 2 4 .20) Vertical Sets vs.
21) Vertical Sets vs. Head Up DL Then Power Step for Inside Charge Power-Power-Power to the next line 2 4 6 1 3 5 1 5 3 6 2 4 .
Inside Shade DL Then Power Step for Inside Charge 2 4 1 3 3 1 2 4 2 4 1 3 3 1 2 4 .22) Vertical Sets vs.
5 3 6 4 2 1 1 4 6 3 2 5 5 3 6 4 2 1 1 4 6 3 2 5 . Inside Shade DL Then Kick-Slide to outside move.23) Vertical Sets vs.
6 4 7 5 3 2 1 1 3 2 5 7 4 6 6 4 7 5 3 2 1 3 1 5 7 4 6 2 . Head Up DL Then Kick-Slide to an outside threat.24) Vertical Sets vs.
outside rusher 5 6 6 3 1 4 2 4 2 3 1 5 5 6 3 1 4 2 6 4 2 3 1 5 .25) Vertical Kick-Slide Used by OT vs.
(Picture 23) . (Pictures 20. 21) Coaching Points: A.Feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Big Eyes on Target . • Have defender and OL face each other. • OL should take small 6” step backwards with feet slightly “ducked” out. (Picture 22) • On command to start the defender will start to “bull rush” the OL back.Same as above but the defender will now put his hands on the breastplate of OL.Pick out small target to focus on the defender’s jersey. • Stance . OL will start with hands outside the body on shoulders. D. On snap count have the defender run back and forth cone to cone. 27) Bull Drill Drill used to teach OL to top the bull rush.Right foot goes 6” left foot goes 6”. B. OL will replace his hands to breast plate and give ground grudgingly.when going right lead with right foot and vice-versa.Other Pass Protection Drills 26) Mirror Drill Drills used to help train the OL to move feet laterally without crossing over. Lead Step . Set 2 cones five yards apart on line. C. Stance . Shuffle . The offensive player will mirror him. The OL must keep their body in front of the DL. Have the DL zig-zag and spin right and left while slowly taking ground. Have defender and offensive player face each other. Variation: Have the OL get into their position specific stance and kick/power with appropriate foot. Keep base shoulder width apart. • Bent knees with chest over Knees (like a LB) • Lock hand to wrist behind back.
Mirror/Bull/Push/Pull . • Tell OL he has a telephone pole down the center of his body. • After about 3 yards of giving ground grudgingly have the OL “pop it. • Have defender and OL face each other. 28) Push/Pull Drill Drill used to teach OL body control when pass protecting. • Stance .” Hop and try to regain leverage by popping the feet out and back to stop the charge of the defender. the OL will brace up with a slight stagger and arch the back to fight the pressure. (Picture 24) • If the defender pulls. • If the defender pushes. 29) Combo Drill Combination of the three previous drills.• Keep defender locked out with arms extended and hands on breast plate. the OL will sink his hips and work up into the defender grudgingly. • On command to start the defender will give steady pressure (either to push or pull) on the OL. • Have defender push/pull several times but not in a herky jerky fashion – be steady – this teaches the OL balance and body control. Put it all together. • Defender will put left hand behind OL’s neck and right hand on shoulder.OL drop down like a linebacker with hands locked behind back.
” fight pressure and bow up. On command to start have the OL kick the length of the board – approximately 4 yards. OL replace hands to breastplate being strong with hands. • Explode backwards down the board while staying square. (Picture 27) • OL will shuffle side to side with defender being strong with the lead hand. . (Picture 28) • This is an up tempo drill with the defender trying to throw the OL off balance.• Stance . • Stance . 30) Kick down the Board Drill to teach the OL to keep hips square on speed rushing defender. OL drop down like a linebacker and put hands on the outside of defenders’ shoulders. This is for right side players only. • Defender will now grab shoulder of the OL and run side to side (mirror) forward and backwards (Bull. • Flip the boards to the left for left side OL and repeat. • Set five boards on line . (Picture 25) • On command to go.at a 45-degree angle.Have defender and OL face each other. Push/Pull).” sink hips and walk up into him grudgingly.OL work to control drill with strong hands. Defender starts with hands inside. • Have the five OL compete to see who is the quickest. • Emphasize carrying the weight on inside half of body while keeping hips down and square. Have OL lineman start with heels even with end of board. • Have the defender position himself to the outside of defender with his toes even with the OL toes.Start in race horse (up) stance. (Picture 26) • Coaching point . 31) Off sides Rush on the Board • Same purpose as previous drill but now incorporate a defender who is basically offside. • When the defender “pulls. • When the defender “bulls. Teach the OL to really explode back and get hands on the defender and still keep hips square to LOS.
(Picture 30) 33) A-B DRILL Drill to make sure OL are setting with their hands up and ready to strike. The next drills will be the basic punch drills that we like to incorporate into practice.• On command to start have the defender try and grab the back of the OL shoulder pads and clear his hips by the OL. . • On command to start the OL will explode back with a kick set keeping his hips square and straddling the board. • You must stay low and square to get back on this drill. • Defender will walk steadily with pressure into the OL. As the OL strikes a blow he should always reset his feet. • OL will start the drill by pushing the defender back. 32) Punch Away Drill used to teach OL to strike a blow and keep their hands up. • Defender holds a hand shield like a baseball bat and swings it hard at the OL face. hold a hand shield tight to his chest leaning on the OL. pressed against the bag with arms semi extended. Try to strike blow with both feet on the ground. It should be in a “jack-hammer” fashion not a pushing fashion. • Two reps from race horse stance (up). The previous drills dealt mainly with the movement part of pass protection. (Picture 29) • OL get in a LB stance with hands up in front of face. • Flip boards for other side OL. • OL should time his punch and strike a 6” blow to the pad. • Have defender facing the OL. • Work to bat the defenders’ grab hand away with outside arm and stab the defender with inside arm. two reps from down stance.
Teaches the OL to get their body in front of the defender instead of leading with the hands and lunging. The elbows should lock out at exactly the same moment as contact with the ball. forcing them to get in front of the ball and punch the ball with an open hand punch. 36) 1 on 1 Pass Try to now apply all the drills we have just discussed in pass protection vs.• Have OL in his stance and on command to start the defender swings the bag. elbows in tight. Thumbs up. 35) Med Ball-Crotch The OL power-steps and/or kick-slide as a coach rolls med balls to the outside and/or inside of the OL. lock out. 35) 34) Med Ball-Hands The OL power-steps and/or kick-slide as a coach throws med balls at their face. The OL must power-step and/or kick-slide to get their crotch straddling the med ball. Use the terms of these drills now in coaching live 1-on-l pass and the OL will understand why you have been doing these drills. (Pictures 33. . Try to do this daily. Violent contact should be made with the ball of the hand. the DL in a live situation. (Picture 31) • Have OL take a kick set and punch the bag. 34. (Picture 32) • Make sure the OL takes the proper set not coming up out of his hips and striking a blow.
37) Grid Drill .
Snapping the Ball 38) .