Rick Pennypacker Pottsgrove High School Pottstown, Pa.

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rpennypacker@pgsd.org

OFFENSIVE LINE
FUNDAMENTALS AND DRILLS

ZONE BLOCKING PROCEDURES

PHILOSOPHY OF COACHING OFFENSIVE LINE
No position in football require more discipline and technique  Success of the offense depends on controlling the Line of Scrimmage  Spend a tremendous amount of time on Fundamentals  Blocking schemes we prepare are simple spend more time on fundamentals

Build a foundation of Unity and Pride have a gimmick  Coach the Little Things  Never accept poor technique  Our Offensive line MUST Hustle and Hit and be a Team Player  Blocking CAN be Taught Put in the time, summer lineman practice

PSYCOLOGICAL ADVANTAGES
We NEVER walk on the field –practice or game  Act tough- a little cocky  Never allow our opponent to see us tired  No one plays Defense- work together on scout team vs. defense  Reduce Fundamentals to habits

PRACTICE PROCEDURES
Head Coach- I determine how much time our line has for fundamentals  At least an hour for fundamentals and group work  Coach on the run-never waste time with too much talking  Develop and plan each fundamental into its simplest form  Develop buzz words like Hippo, L-Step

Lineman Creed “Make improvement every day  Repetition is a way of life  Blocking is an unnatural habit – No one wants to practice blocking  Coach on the RUN – Talking is for meetings. Get in Reps

IN SEASON PRACTICE (Offense on Tuesdays)
2:55-3:10  3:10-3:30  3:30-3:45  3:45-4:45  4:45-5:30  5:30

Pre Practice Flex Special Teams Offensive Fundamentals Team Conditioning (if needed)

We want most of our conditioning to happen during practice

Two a Day practices
8:10 Chalk Talk  8:30 Pre Practice  8:50 Flex  9:10 Ind. Fundamentals  10:40 Team  11:10 OFF  11:30 Specialties Alternate Off and Def practices in am and pm

OFFENSIVE LINE PRACTICE
Warm Up-Shuffle, Duck Walk, Backward run-5 yards  Chutes-Stances and Starts- GET OFF  Step and Punch  Combo Blocks- Ace, Deuce and Trey  Pass Protection  Assignment- Weekly Game Plan

BASE OR DRIVE BLOCK
Four Parts Approach Contact Drive Finish

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2. 3.

4.

APPROACH (Stance and Takeoff)
Stance- most important- least neglected  Line up as far off the LOS as possible  Base is shoulder width- Too wide causes false steps  Feet- slightly pigeon toe- toes in heels out  Stagger- Instep  Back heel off ground no more then 2”

Down hand on inside of ankle  Free hand on outside of knee- Elbow in tight- do this to handle tension  Semi bowed neck-not bull neck- cause tail to drop  Shoulders parallel to LOS and Flat Back  First step-short 6-8” depending on aiming point and scheme

Get first step out of ground and down quickly  Hands go to Holsters  Eyes on target keeping power angles  GET OFF THE BALL- Film- Coming off as one unit- L step and GO

CONTACT

“First Step Ties Second Step Wins”

Hold ankle to reinforce the drive of the second step  Second step the hands MUST come together  Second step drives into crotch- Knee them in the stomach theory

Contact is made with HANDS – Fingers together pointing up  Elbows in - Nose will follow hands - See your aiming point  Lifting action – Hit through him, not at him – “ Hit on the Rise”  Keep your power angles  Arms extended 75%- Bull neck-helps drop tail  Incline bench

DRIVE
The difference between a GREAT blocker and a Average blocker is the fraction of time between contact and DRIVE  Arch back and get feet underneath you – no leaning – not overextended  Sprint on the inside of your feet – Be conscious of it

FINISH
Keep driving while maintaining contact  Make the tackle  PANCAKE HIM – Go crazy when one occurs

COACHING POINTS



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Never use dummies to teach blocking Will use shields and Flippers rarely Sled - rarely use it – only use it for conditioning ( Buying Rogers Leverage Sled- will use more) Never allow loafing or poor technique Oklahoma Chute – use all the time Put good on good Squat, Power Clean, Dead lift year round for power

TYPES OF BLOCKS WE USE


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Base or Drive Inside Zone Outside Zone Combo Block Reach Cut Off Trap and Gut Pass Protection 3 and 5 step Sprint out – Reach and hinge backside

Offensive Line Drills
STANCE STANCE AND L STEP BIRD DOG L STEP AND PUNCH L STEP AND CONTACT FORM FIT – DRIVE BIRD DOG L STEP – PUNCH AND DRIVE DRIVE AND FINISH ON WHISTLE L STEP – CONTACT - DRIVE

COMBO BLOCK FUNDAMENTALS

First step-

6” L step to defender Guns to holster See aiming point

Aiming point is near number of down defender

Second Step - drive to crotch whip fists or palms into defender use lifting action

Head on the outside of the defender looking at second level linebacker

Inside Man
Linebacker comes inside Get off block and get head across front and drive  Linebacker goes over the top Now he becomes outside blockers man Slowly rotate hips to the play Get hand placement to outside number Move hips Communicate with outside man – you / me

Outside Man
Stay on block-Hip to hip with inside man  Head and eyes to the outside  Look for linebacker coming over the top  Drive until linebacker comes to you-Never

Chase

Get off block and engage linebacker and drive

Pound feet into ground – Balls of feet – Like pushing a car  NEVER stop moving your feet  Take him where he wants to go  Step on his toes  Never leave your feet – Uniform clean at the end of game

OFFENSIVE LINE COMBO BLOCK PRACTICE
Deuce – Ram – Trey  Deuce – Lion – Trey  Outside Zone

10 min. 10 min. 10 min.

COMBO BLOCK ROTATIONS
WORK DUECE
B

LT

LG

COMBO BLOCK ROTATIONS
WORK ACE-RAM

C

RG

COMBO BLOCK ROTATIONS
B
WORK TREY

5-6-7 TECH

RT

TE

COMBO BLOCK ROTATIONS

TE LT

LG

C

RG RT

WORK TREY
5-6-7 TECH

WORK ACE
LION

WORK
DUECE

COMBO BLOCK ROTATIONS
ACE
COMBO BLOCK WITH CENTER AND GUARD

B

ACE LION – CENTER AND LEFT GUARD ACE RAM – CENTER AND RT GUARD

G

C

COMBO BLOCK ROTATIONS
DUECE
COMBO BLOCK WITH GUARD AND TACKLE

B

BACKER RUNS THROUGH B GAP- GUARD COMES OFF AND BLOCKS HIM

COMBO BLOCK ROTATIONS
TREY
COMBO BLOCK WITH TACKLE AND TIGHT END

B

TREY A 5 OR 7 TECHNIQUE

TE

T

COMBO BLOCK ROTATIONS
COMBO BLOCK WITH TACKLE AND TIGHT END

TREY

B

BACKER RUNS THROUGH C GAP – TACKLE CLIMBS OFF AND BLOCKS HIM

TE

T

OUTSIDE ZONE
Fast rotating zone block  Blocking designed for running back to break at first daylight from play side tackle outside  We use a “Drop step, crossover, rip through”

Covered Lineman
Drop step and eye aiming point  Aiming point is outside number of down lineman  Second step – come off with power ripping backside arm through his outside number  Must keep backside hip close to defender throughout contact

Must keep his helmet on the outside hip and number and use rip technique  Lift through the defender to keep driving him off LOS  Unless the uncovered lineman next to you has a run through blitz, he will join you  Must have head and eyes looking at second level for linebacker to show to your side  If LB shows, come off square on backer

Do not chase or come off too early – will get no push  If lineman slants, come off square on backer  If you pin him, turn inside him and wall him off  If defender plays out, stay square and stretch him outside  A wide defender will widen when drop step occurs

Uncovered Lineman
Step with near foot of the combo block  Get shoulders perpendicular with your track  Look down the track  Key near hip of down defender  If hip goes away, track up to the linebacker

Read all actions of defenders while drop stepping  If linebacker runs through, drive off your drop step and block him with a backside rip through technique  Drive him back inside

Versus Slant Defender
Block slanting lineman with helmet to play side  Flatten slanter away from point of attack and work him off LOS

No Slant- No Run Through
Drive off drop step foot and get helmet on near hip  If engaged with covered lineman block, drive, rip through, lift and drive him down track of second level defender

Defender Stretches

Work to second level and pin linebacker away from point of attack

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