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Purt I: Philosophy
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1. Toughness
2. Intelligence (teach a thougbt process)

4. Team Player
5. Great Feet
6, Crreat Vision (train the eyes)
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8. Balance; A lineman will redirect his feet approximat"ty S
times perplay.
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strength of the offensive Hne. Therefore, it is inperetive
that offensive linemen establish a presense.
OFFENSIVE LINE PHILOSOPHY

@ Offensive linemen need to be fundamentally tough and


fundamentally sound in both the run and pass game.

@ To b€ an effective and fundamentally sound oflensive lineman


requires patience and many hours of hard work on and offthe
field. Great offensive linemen have a great work ethic.

@ Offensive linemen need to understand that run and pass


blocking are an unnatural task and can be developedto a
greater degree than any otherphase 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.

OFFENSIVE LINE PHILOSOPHY

ery The more techniques an offensive lineman can master in the run
and pass game the easier it will be for him to cope with various
situations and defensive structures.

q& An offsnsive lineman's success can only be brought about with


tremendous ttrORK ETHIC and COIIFIDENCE in
his ability in both the run and pass game.

qe CONCENTRATTON, qJELF-pISCIPLrNE,
COMMUNICATION, and the WILLINGNESS to pay the
price are part of being a respected offensive lineman.

<e REPS PRpTIUCE PR9pUCTTON


OFFENSIVE LINE PHILOSOPHY
ryHA! rr rAx6,s ro BE AN ErFpQrrvE qFFENSIT/E
LINEMAN:

g To be effective offensive linemen they must believe in


what they see as wcll as believe in and trust their technique in
both the run and pass game

TO BE EFFECTIW OFFENSIW LINEMEN THEY


MVST Bq+I,EVE IN WHAT TIIEYSEE

e It is important for linemen to see the field (scan the defense


180 degrees).
Anticipate stunt tendencies but never guess (teach a thought
process).
Anticipate blitz tendencies but never guess (teach a thought
process).

OFFENSIVE LINE PHILOSOPHY


TO BE EFFECTIYE O.FFEN$I.W LINEMEN THEY
MUST BELIEVE IN AND TRUST THEIR TECHNIOUE

(p Offensive linemen must have confidence in their footwork.


Offensive linemen must have confidence in their body
posture, weigh distribution and body balance.
Offensive linemen must trust their run blocking and pass
blocking demeanor as well as have the confidence in their
ability to master the techniques in the run and pass game.

TO BE EFFE9TIW OFFENSIW LINEMEN THEY


MI]ST TRUST THEIR EYES

tp Offensive linemen must have confidence and trust in their


eyes. Keep eyes open on contact. BUG A ID SHOOT
THE EYES.
TEACHATHOUGHT PROCESS
qip QRGANIZE their thoughts, which starts in the huddle to the
line of scrimmage.

l. Who do I have to block.

2. What can the defender or defense do to me in the structure


they are lined up in. Read the stance and alignment of the
defender or defenders.

3. How do I get the job done (what technique do I use, line


calls, etc..

SX STEPJTTI]Y
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RUN BLOCKING PROGRESSION

2. STANCE: develop a good one; it is the base from which all


action starts. P9OR STANCE=LQOR $TART

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SPLIT STANCE

RUN BLOCKING PROGRESSION

3. APPROACE: footwork, eyes (SHOOT YOUR EYE$), -


quickness. Shooting the eyes allows for lineman to make proper
adjustments.

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SPLIT STANCE APPROACH

(TIME OF DOMINATION) always work for quickness.


Everything will be based on a lineman's ability to beat his
opponent. (3 inch rule)
4. C9NTACT: punch is delivered up and through the defender
(forklift the defender). The punch (thumb lift) is a matter of
OUICIfNFSS, TIMIIIG, and LEVEF,AGE. Hips under the
base of support. Strike with leverage.

1 1 3 4
$PLJT STANCE APPROACH CONTACT

To create depth into the defender an offensive lineman must: FirstSten:


directional, accelerate, lead leg. Second sten: power, explode, drive leg.
fhird,sten pluf; maintain an adequate base (base of support), with their
center of gravity as close to their base of support as possible. There is
two types of leverage we are always after, PAD LEVERAGE and
sANp LEVERAGE.

RUN BLOCKING PROGRESSION

5. FOLLOW THROUGH: unlock the hips. Finish offthe


defender. Bring the hips and follow through.

I 2 3 4 5
SPLIT sTd\rcE APPROACH CONTACT ro,LLow
THROUGH

If the hipsare not under their base of support they will be


consistently pushing and not driving. Drive and react to the
defender.
RUN BLOCKING PROGRESSION

6" fINISts:
our goal is to drive the defender 10 yards and put
them on their back.

I 2 3 4 5 6
SPLIT STANCN APPROACH qoNrAcT FOLLOW rINISII
THROUGH

The Finish: TEACH IT' COACII IT, DEMAIYD IT.

For every action there is a reaction so it is imperative you


teach reflexive reaction.

ZO]YE
CO]\{CEP?TS
and*parks.

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working together blocking defenders either on or offthe ball in
a specific playside or backside gaps.

' . The zone play is Oiferent than most other offensive plays
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the ball carriei.

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outside zone there be no double teans except on the edge
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INSIDE ZONE

ry On an inside zone blocking scheme all offensive linemen are


working vertically thro-ugh their playside gap.

@ Inside zone blocking is desi*ened to get@ on


the line of scrimmage by ueating double teams (co-ops) on
down defenders while getting vertical movement to the second
level defender.

qe The vertical movement created by the offensive linemen and


the double teams (co-ops) at the first level allows the running
back to press the hole and find the crease allowing for a
cutback. For example, if the down defender fights across the
face of the call side linemen the back will press the hole and
cutback towards the center of the field looking for hrst
daylight.

OUTSINE
ZO]YE
OUTSIDE ZONE

{ry Outside zone blocking is designed to stretch the defense by


getting the defenders to move laterally.

@ By stretching the defense there is more horizontal push


by the offensive linemen. Thus, offensive lineman are
attempting to gain horizontal leverage on the defenders.

{& Because of the horizontal push and the aiming point of the
running back the defenders will move laterally across the
field creating seams for the running back.

@ As the back stretches the defense and the offensive linemen


are pushing the defenders laterally the running back will
puncfure the defense finding the seam.

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AIMING#
POI]YTS &
LAIYDMAftJT,S
QB qnd RB
@ Inside zone,the QB steps at either 7 or 5 o'cloch.

@ The RB's aiming point is the hip of the call side guard.
The RB is reading the first down defender from the center
out. The back will press the hole and cutback.

€ Outside zoneo the QB steps at either I or 4 o'clock.

€ The RB is reading the hip of the edee blocker, either the call
side TE orthe call side Tackle. The RB is on an angle to the
edge blocker (the hip).

ry If the edge blocker controls the defender the back will


bounce the edge to the sideline. lf the edge defender is not
conffolled the back will work up field and cut under the
defender.

COACHIf{G
POI]YTS
COACHING POINTS for LINEMEN

g Know and understand the proper vertical and horizontal splils in


the zone concept.

@ Understand the difference between being an uncovered and


covered linemen in the zone concept.

e Understand the proper footwork of an uncovered or a covered


linemen in the zone concept.

{P Understand the blocking area or zone and target area.

ip Know the landmarks, aiming points, and hand placement on


inside and outside zone.

VERTICAL ilNd
HORIZO]VTIAL
SPLITS
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linemen * t.unitg and reacting to the defender while working to a

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ard defsrsive personnel, splits may vary on the playside and the
kside;
TT]YCOVERED
& COVERED
ft{ILES

@ In the zone concept we speak in terms of uncovercd and covered


linemen, which are designated by the down defenders alignment.

@ The footwork will also vary between uncovered and covered


linemen. Covered is a man on. Uncovered is a man on at depth.

@ Cgyered nlayside is defined as having a defender aligned in the


call side shade or gap on the L.9.S..

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the call side.

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Each linemen is responsible for azoneor area- Where does it
start and where does it end.

-',.,.,'$}, The backside tackles zone is from his nose to the backside
guard's call side shoulder.

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LANDMARKS. AIMING FQINTS

@ Landmark for and uncovered and covered lineman is outside


the bodyline (call side hip, knee, and armpit) of the lst level or
2nd level defender.

(ry Landmark for outside zone is outside the bodyline (the call
side hip, knee, and armpit) of the defender. Ripping the far
landmark. Far ear to near ear.
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PLACEMET{T

HAND PLACEMENT
@ Inside zone: The covered lineman needs to keep his call side
arm free. One arm bench with the backside arm. Having a
strong inside arm is imperative.

@ Aiming point is the call side (outside armpit) of the defender.

q Punch the call side breast plate of the down defender. The
covered lineman will squeeze with the uncovered lineman
creating a double team to the second level defender.

tp The uncovered lineman will one uum bench the down


defenders near breast plate with the call side arm and keep the
backside arm free. The uncovered lineman will piggyback the
covered lineman.
HAND PLACEMENT

@ Outside zone: All linemen will rip with the backside arm
the funnel). Uncovered aiming point is outside the
ltipll$
bodyline.

e Second level defenders aiming point is the play side arm pit
creating horizontal stretch on t}re second level defender.

@ The offensive lineman is trying to get his backside arm through


the defenders call side armpit (rip the far targeQ. The enty
level of the fi,rnnel is the elbow and the ribs. The end of the
funnel is the arm pit. Keep the outside shoulder free.

{p When ripping the frrnnel the linernan needs to stay square. By


ripping the funnel this will keep the defender from holding or
grabbing the offensive lineman.

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Part II: Footwork,
Blocking Schernes

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FOOTWORK
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FOOTWORK

€b The l't step is a directional (position) step. The 2od step is a


power step with the ernphasis getting it on the ground as soon as
possible. I talk in terms of Position-Power.

e The footwork for zone is different than most other offensive


plays. The tighter the down defenders alignment the tighter the
steps.

{P Offensive linemen will step simultaneously taking


either a 6-inch late{al iaF step (set to drive directional step) or a

Lucket step with an ansle of departule at 45 desrees (set to


reach directional step) to the left or right when executing the
footwork for the zone play. All linemen need to maintain their
directional track.
FOOTWORK

STEPS:

€> Covered steps for covered linemen on inside zone.


6-inch lateral iab step (set to drive).

€P Uncovered steps for uncovered linemen on inside zone.


a

e Steps for linemen on outside zone.


All linemen will bucket step (set to reach).

Driving your backside knee is crucial. We want to to take our


backside knee and drive it vertically throughthe defenders
crotch. We do this on both first and second level defenders.

U]YCOVERED
,STEPS
UNCOVERED STEPS for
UNCOVERED LINEMEN
e Awide defender (coveredplayside). An rmcovered lineman in
the zone concept.

T9 First step (position) is a bucket step (set to reach); the angle of


departure is 45 degrees. The angle of departure will not change,
but the depth of the bucket step will depending on the
alignment of the down defender. The hip will open at a 45
degree angle to the sideline. The target will open the hip to a
45 degree angle.

€E Second sten (power) is a vertical step to and through the


defenders crotch (knee to and throughthe crotch). The speed of
the second step is so important.

TP Third sten will square the offensive linemen up field.

UNCOWRED STEPS
UNCOVERED LINEMEN

ANCOVERED STEPS

We speak in temx of *Ioriag gmund to grin


gnund" for uncovertd lincmen.

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Iasinggrould to grln gnourd ellows the ltn@ventd
lhenren to get on thc proper rngle to mrke the bloc}.

t'1 Angle of deprrturc 45 dcgrtcs

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COVERED
,STEPS

COVERED STEPS tor COVERED


LINEMEN
First step (position) is a 6-inch lateral jab step (set to drive) with
the call side foot.

qp Second sten (power) is a vertical step to and through the down


defenders crotch (knee to and through the crotch). The lineman's
base will rurrow slightly. It is important to get the second step in
the ground as soon as possible. The speed of the second step is
important.

€ Thir4 sten will square the offensive lineman up field. It is


important to keep the shoulders square.
COI/ERED STEPS for COVERED
LINEMEN

FOOTT4/ORK
OUTSIDE
ZO]YE
FOOTWORKOUTSIDE ZONE

e On outside zone all linemen will take uncovered steps.

@ First step (position) is a bucket step (set to reach). Angle of


departure is at a 45 degrees. The target will put lineman ata45
degree angle.

e Second sleq (power) is an outside reach step tying to step on


the outside toes of the defender.

e Third step will square the offensive linemen.

{9 Linemen are fiying to rip the funnel. The funnel is the elbow,
ribs, and arm pit of the defender.
BUCKET, CROSS OVER, RrP.

FOOTWORX OUTSTDE ZONE

FOOTWORK OUTSIDE ZONE

lVc speek ln tcrns ef'looing ground b grin


gmond" for uncovertd lincnen.

rf'^'T Angle ofd€psrtrrc 45 d€grces

Loslng ground to grin grcund allows the urcovercd


linem€n toget on the proper tngle io Drke th€ bloclL
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TECHIYIQITE,
CALL,S fo,
U]YCOVERED
LII{EME

€ It is imperative that uncovered linemen understand the down


defenders alignment (inside technique, headed up, technique or
outside technique) on the playside or call side covered lineman.
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2i, 4i,7 techcall, there is a greater chance (80%) the uncovered


linemen will end up blocking the inside shaded defender (inside
shaded alignment) unless the defender sparks or buffs.
{9 0,2 ,4,6 tech call, there is ahalf the chance (50%) the
uncovered lineman will end up blocking the head up
defendertechnique (head up alignment). The defender
can slant to either gap from a head up alignment.
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*P 3,5,9 tech call, there is a slight chance (20%) the uncovered


lineman will end up blocking the 3, 5, or 9 technique (outside
shaded alignment) unless the defender sparks or buffs.
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TECHN, UE CALLS

tP DEFENSIW MOWMENT:

Buff: a stunt angled movement away from where the defender


is aligned.

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Slant: a stunt to a specific gap from a head up alignment.

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TECHNI'
(9 DEFENSIW MOVMENT:

Spark a stunt angled by a defensive lineman aiming at the


ear hole of the offensive lineman to his inside or outside.

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THIIY und
THICK CALL,S
THIN & THICK
t Covered linemen will make a oothin" or'othick" calls. These
calls are determined by the LB's alignment at depth. For
example, if the defensive strucfure is a4-3, the center will
make a defensive recognition call to alert the entire line. The
backside guard will then make a co-op call to alert the
backside tackle. The covered lineman will make a "thick'o or
56thin"
call at the L.O.S..

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THICK
TP o'$ig!" call the backside tackle and guard are blocking the 2
or 3 techniques to the WILL LB (4i at depth), the WILL is
thick on the 2 or 3 techniques (the WILL is stacked on the
END or in the C gap on the backside) the backside guard
will hang getting vertical push on the down defender (1st
level defender) creating a double team until the WILL LB
commits.

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BST & BSG "Thick Call"


THIN
€D 66IU" call the WILL LB (3 technique at depth) is splitting
the crotch or stacked over the 2 or 3 technique, the guard
will make a thin call to alert the tackle that he will not hang
on the lst level defender. The footwork will also change
on a thin call the guard will take uncovered steps.

WILLLBlsThin
] A Ary MIKE LBlsThick

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BST & BSG "Thin CallY C & PSG "Thick Call'

THIN & THICK


T If the linebacker is aligned over the call side linemen he will
make a thin call to alert the backside lineman he will have very
little to no help on the down defender. Both linemen will
execute a bucket (set to reach) step aiming for the call side
shoulders of the defenders.

q9 If the linebacker is aligned over the backside lineman the call


side lineman will make a thick call and hang on the down
defender one arrn benching, maintaining pressure and inside
leverage as both linemen work to the second level defender.
CO-OPS

CO-OPS

<P Co-ops in the zone concept are defined as two or more adjacent
linemen working together on a down defender on level one to
a second defender on level two.

e There are playside and backside co-ops.

<;p The line calls start from the call side out and working in to the
backside.

t9 Thin and thick calls are made depending on the alignment of


the second level defender.
BACKSIDE
CO-OPS

CO-OPS

.t9 BACKSTpE co-oPS:

Slug: Backside TE and Backside Tackle.


Bvzz: Backside TE and Backside Tackle working to a Safety
on the second level.
Swap: Backside Tackle and Backside Guard.
Scoop: Backside Guard and Center.
Solid: Backside TE, Backside Tackle and Backside Guard.
Trip: Backside Tackle, Backside Guard and Center.
{9 Backside co-op between the Backside TE and the
Backside Tackle. Slug Call.
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e Backside co-op between the Backside TE and the Backside
Tackle working to a Safety on the second level. B;uzzCalL

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qp Backside co-op between the Backside Tackle and the


Backside Guard. SwaP Call.
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{9 Backside co-op between the Backside Guard and the Center.


Scoop Call.
I Backside co-op between the Backside TE, Backside Thckle
and the Backside Guard. Solid Call.
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e Backside co-op between the Backside Tackle, Backside Guard


and the Center. Trip Call.

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PLAYSIDE
CO-OPS
CO-OPS

E PI..IIYSIDE CQ-OPS:

Single: Center and Playside Guard.


Double: Playside Guard and Playside Tirckle.
Triple: Playside Tackle and Playside TE.
Gang: Backside Tackle, Backside Guar{ Center, and Playside
Guard.
Trio: Playside Guard, Center, and Backside Guard.
Triplet: Playside Guar4 Playside Tackle, and Playside TE.

e Pbyside co-op between the Center and the Playside Guard.


Single Call.
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g Playside co-op between the Playside Guard and the Playside
Tackle. Double Call.

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<9 Physide co-op between the Playside Tackle and the
Playside TE. Triple Call.

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(9 Physide co-op between the Backside Tackleo Backside
Guard, Center, and Playside Guard. Gang Call.

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{9 Playside co-op between the Backside Guard, Center, and


Playside Guard. Trio Call.
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g Playside co-op between the Playside Guard, Playside Tackle,
and the Playside TE. Tiiplet Call.

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SCHEMES

SCHEME

Scheme is defined as o
combinotion of blocks in
either the running game or
passing game.
WEAK
NSIDE ZO]YE
ys. 5-3

WEAK INSIDE ZONE


Vs. 5-3

TE: Setto Reach; (Buzzcall) withthe Tackle

SST: Set to Drive; "Thick" (Bvr.z call) with TE

SSG: Set to Drive; (Scoop call) with Center

C: Set to Reach; 'oThicko'(Scoop call) with SSG

BSG: Set to Drive; maintain inside leverage

BST: Set to Drive; maintain inside leverage


WEAKINSIDE ZONE
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OUTSIDE ZONE
Vs. 4-3

TE: Set to Reach; (Triple call) with the Tackle

SST: Setto Reach; (Triple call) withTE

SSG: Set to Reach; (Single call) with Center

C: Set to Reach; (Single call) with SSG

BSG: Set to Reach; (Swap call) with BST

BST: Set to Reach; (Swap call) with BSG

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THE,STA]YCE

SruNCE

tfl The stance is where all subsequent movements originates.

tp Offensive linemen need to put themselves in greatest


biomechanical position before the play starts.

t9 Offensive line is an athletic position so they should play


athletically.

<P The ability to bend starts in the ankles and travels up to the
knees and the hips (the kinematic chain).

POOR STANCE = POOR START


STANCE
KEYCOMPONENTS;

Bunch your stance - a slightly tightened stance (feet under the


armpits) - to allow for controlled stepping. The proper foot
alignment generates the proper footwork and the proper power.

e A wide stance or too much weight forward will cause linemen


to false step or hop, it does not allow for conholled stepping.
A balance stance is the key (weight should be evenly
distributed on all three points).

€ An approximate instep-to-toe relationship (45 degree angle)


between the set foot and the post foot. The body generates the
most power and strength in a staggered position. Toes pointed
straight up field. If the toes are pointed out it takes away frorn
the power generated to produce an efficient block.

STANCE

€ Fingers (S-finger bridge) of the down hand (same hand as the


set foot) are placed on the ground in front of the post foot toes
and slightly outside the set foot eye.

t9 Back is parallel to the ground or the back is a slight angle with


the butt higherthan the shoulders. Weight is slightly forward
(may vary forpass).

e Rocking the weight forward slightly provides power


producing angles at the ankles, kneeso and hips. Knees are over
the toes and hips are over the ankles (cock your levers). Heel of
post foot is slightly offthe ground. It is imperative that the
knees stay in line with the feet and the hips.
STANCE

tP Keep the head up (look through the eyebrows) to allow as


much visioning of the defender as possible. The eyes need to
scan the defense; rotate the head 180 degrees.

€p The elbow of the offhand is placed outside the knee, which


will square the shoulders. Hand is open and relaxed ready to
strike the defender.

(-9 Weight is distributed on the insteps or the mid-foot below the


balls of the feet. If linemen play flat footed they will stick and
stay becoming unexplosive.

POOR STAIICE = POOR START

STANCE

SMNCEAND GET OFF:

{e For an offensive lineman to be an effective blocker he must be


in the correct stance with proper alignments both vertically and
horizontally.

€ On the snap count the offensive lineman must be explosive and


instantaneous to be effective. Time of domination is
imperative for the success of any block.

<P On contact the proper hand and pad leverage must be


established and maintained throughout the block.

Poor body angles along with poor footwork will defuse the
power need to generate an effective block.
THE THREE
POIT{T
,STA]VCE

THREE POINT STANCE

(9 The three point stance is designed to give an offensive lineman


the best body position for blocking.

tP An offensive linemanmust be able to move in 8 directions


with the same efftciency, forward, backwards, inside, outside,
pull left or right and pass set for pass protection.

€ Abalanced staggered stance is imperative. Therefore, a


balanced staggered stance will allow for proper weight
distribution on all three points (feet and down hand).

Weight and poor angle disribution can be adjusted by an


offensive lineman by simply shifting his weight.
THREE POINT STANCE

COMPONENTS OF THE 3 POINT STANCE:

1. Feet shoulder width.


2. Instep to toe or heel relationship (45 degree stagger). The
stagger will put the body in a configuration that will generate
the most power.
3. Squeeze the knees.
4. Toes are aligned straight ahead with weight on the insteps of
the feet (the mid-foot or right below the balls of the feet).
5. Flat back, parallel to the ground.
6. Five finger bridge.
7. Offarm is placed on the outside of the knee with hand open
and ready to strike.
8. Look through the eyebrows, scan the defense 180 degrees.

RIGHTAND LEFTHANDED
STANCES
FOOT PLACEMENT FOR THE NIGHTAND LEFT IANDED
STANCE

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Left handed stance Right handed stance


THE TWO
POITVT
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TWO POINTSruNCE
COMPONENTS OF THE 2 POINT SMNCE:

1. Feetshoulderwidth.
2. Instep to toe or heel relationship, (post foot and set foot
aligned at a 45 degree stagger). Stagger may vary. Weight
distribution is on the insteps of the feet or the mid-foot below
the balls of the feet.
3. Toe on set foot back and slightly out (toe out slightly) post
foot toe is aligned straight ahead.
4. Inside hand, forearm on thigh board with hand open relared
and ready to strike.
5. Outside hand on thigh board.
6. Flat back (find the wall).
7. Head is up to scan the defense.
8. Chin is tucked.
THE
CE]YTER',S
,STAT{CE

THE CENTER'S STANCE

COMPONENTS TO.THE CENTER'S SMNCE:

€D Feet are parallel and slightly toed out with the weight is on the
insteps of the feet to generate power with a little heel raise and
weight balanced. Also, with the toes slightly toed out and with
the weight is on the insteps of the feet which will allow the
center to make blocking adjustnents. Stretch the ball out as
far as possible.

e Have the centerpick the ball up from the stance. If he cannot


pickthe ball up there is too much weight on the ball the
center would need to adjust his weight distribution. Place the
thumb on the second lace of the ball.
THE CENTER'$ SruNCF

€ The offhand is similar to that of the other offensive linemen.


The elbow of the offhand is placed outside of the knee of the
set foot, which will square the shoulders. Hand is relaxed and
ready to strike. However, a center needs to shike with the off
hand frst because the other hand is used to snap the ball,
which puts the center at a disadvantage. So it becomes a
punch, punch.

THE CENTER'S SruNCE


FOOT PLACEMENT FOR TIIE CENTER

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Centerts stance
THE CENTER'S PUNCH
THE CENTER'S PUNCH:

{P Defenders willtry to attack the snap hand of the center;


therefore he is at a slight disadvantage.

tP Have the center punch with the off hand or the non-snapping
hand first. Then the center will punch with the snap hand.
This will be a punch, punch on the defender.

tp Have your center get extra work in early outs on his snapping
and his punch, punch. This is a hard technique to master but
through hard work it can be one.

te Give the centers their own footballs and have them work on
snapping, stepping, and punching in your run and pass
fundamental periods.

THE,STAI{CE:
FO(IR,STEP
TEACHI]YG
PROGRESSION
SANCE: 7OUR STEP TEACHING
PROGRESSION

€9 l STEP TEACHING PRaGRESSIaN:

1. Check vpur fegt: Feet under the armpits.

2. Stasser: 45 degreestagger.

3. Sit: Place forearms on thrgh boards.

4. Reach out: Reach out placing down hand slightly outside


the set foot eye and inside the set foot knee.

ABALA]YCED
,STAGGERED
,SruT{CE
ABALANCED STAGGERED
STANCE

€ An offensive lineman must maintain a balanced staggered


stance in both the run and pass gilme. A balanced staggered
stance is key because a lineman must be able to move in 8
possible directions; right or left from a right or left handed
stance.

AP Abalanced staggered stance by an offensive lineman will not


tip offhis intentions or assignment to the defense.

€ A balanced staggered stance is having the proper weight


distribution on all three points. The insteps of the feet and the
down hand.

ABALANC,ED STAGGERED
STANCE

l. Drive step or drive block straight ahead from a left or right


handed stance.

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3.Lateral jab step, post step with the post foot to the right or a
pull to the right.

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4. Bucket step or a kick step with the set foot to the right.

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5. Straight back or drop cross over to the right or left side from
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6. Bucket step or kick step with the set foot to the left.

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8. Down block or angle block to the left.

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DRILLS
M{IST LIST
CHECK LIST
DRILLSMUST LIST
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SKILL DRILLS COACHING POINTS

Basic 1. Stance 1. Balance Stance, Proper Weight


Fundumentals 2. Fence Distributisn, So und Demeunor
2. Body Position-Head ap, Hips
Down, Elbsws In, Thambs Up' Eyes

Start (Pass) 1. Sets: 1. Heap Up, Hips Down, Chest, Out


Short Set Proper Hand Carriage, Panch
Janp Set Zone, TargetArea, Eyes

Pass Pro 1. Medlcine Balls l. Sink Hips, Head Up, Punch-Low to


(1 lo 3's & 3 to 1's) High Plain, Eyes, Set System
2. Movement Pallems 2. Proper Demeano4 Base of Support'
(1 to 3's & 3 to 1's) Positive Shin Angle, Sho ulders, Eyes

DRIuLS,C+IECK LIST
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<P WHEN TEACIIING DRILLS:

l. Teach a handful of drills.


2. Teachthe fundamentals "Fundamentals Wins Games."
3. Rep everything and get as many reps as possible, but
remember attention to detail. Reoetition must be accepted as
a wav of life for an offensive lineman.
4. The drills you teach must transfer.
5. It is important you coach the defenders in your drills.
6. Demand great effort from yourplayers.
7. Your players must finish. Teach it. Coach it. Demand it.
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DRILLS
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DEMEAT{OR
DUCK WALK DEMEANOR

e The purpose ofthe duck walk demeanor drill is to teach


linemen to maintain a wide base. They will sink their hips and
keep their weight distributed through the insteps of their feet.
The feet will be slightly toed which will help maintain their
balance.

€ Push offthe insteps of the feet and take shortpower steps (toe
to instep), pumping the arms. Each lineman will duck
walk forten yards while maintaining the proper demeanor.

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DUCK WALK DEMEANOR


{9 Place four linemen on a line. I believe it is important to have
linemen work drills on lines for reference and visual landmarks.

(9 Each linemen will start in the proper duck walk demeanor


(hands are not to be placed on the tight boards), with a slight
arch in the back, a wide base (feet are shoulder width apart),
knees bent, feet are flat on the ground and slightly toed in
with the weight on the insteps of the feet.

€p Give a snap count and have them duck walk for ten yards
maintaining the proper demeanor while pumping the arms.
DUCK WALK DEMEANOR
{b Teaches offensive linemen to have explosive footwork (toe to
instep), body position and body balance in the running game
(run blocking demeanor.)

g Weight is distibuted on the insteps of the feet with the


offensive linemen taking power steps driving the feet into ttre
ground.

$ The feet need to be explosive while driving offeach step.

DUCK WALK DEMEANOR


COACHING POINTS:

€ 1. Proper duck walk demeanor stance.

iD 2. Arch in the baclq wide base, feet flat on the grotmd and
slightly toed in (not on the balls of the feet) and weight on the
instep of the feet.

e 3. sink their hips.

e 4. Eyes up, pumping the arms and not resting on the thigh
boards for 10 yards.
PIPE DRILL

PIPE DRILL
i& The objective of the pipe drill is to teach the proper footwork
in 5 blocking techniques against air.

5 EIIASES of the PIPE DMLL

1. Lateraljab step, (set to drive for zone)


2. Bucket step (set to reach for zone)
3. Down block
4. Trap-pull
5. Drive block
PIPE DRILL

t9 Linemen are placed in two lines on both sides of the pipe.


Right handed stances on the right and left handed stances on
the left side. (1ivo at a time).

e There are two cones placed 5 yards up field on both sides


the pipe.
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of the drill and work up field in the proper run blocking
demeanor past the cones. Linemen will simulate the punch to
be used when performing the block.

PIPE DRILL
e l. Lateraljab step (set to drive): (covered) Iirst steo 6-inch
step to get width. Drive the second step to and throughthe
crotch of the down defender, maintain inside leverage, keep
shoulders square. Third step will square the offensive
lineman up field.
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step, angle of departure is at 45 degrees (call side hip will
also open ata45 degree angle). Drive the second step to and
through the defenders crotch. Third.[tep will square the
offensive lineman up field.
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turning shoulders at a 45-degree angle. Second step across the
LOS. Landmark is the point of the near hip of down defender.

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backwards; the lead hand opens to the direction or path the
offensive lineman will take. The first sten is with call side
foot. The lineman will pick and point to the desired path of the
trap angle.

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BO4RD DRILL

{P Uncovgred stpns: Place the board at a 45 degree angle and


back to work the bucket step (set to reach). Have the linemen
place their call side heel at the top and the left corner of the
board. Linemen will work on their angle of departure.

{ Give a snap count and from a 3-point stance have the linemen
take the lst step and hold. Then 2nd step (to and through the
uotch of the down defender). Then 3rd step. Then work the
lst step to the finish.

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lineman (zone to the righ|. The call side foot is placed in the
middle of the board.

EP Give a snap count. From a 3-point stance they will take


one step, a 6-inch lateral iab step (set to drive), with the call
side foot over the board. Have them hold their step to make
sure the are not losing ground. Look for balance and proper
weight distribution. Then the 2nd step and the 3rd step. Then
lst step to finish.

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when stepping.

3P 4. Check for pad level and run blocking demeanor.

ZO]YE READ
DRILL
ZONE READ DRILL

IP Objective of the zone drill is to teach offensive linemen all the


components when executing the zone block (inside and
outside).

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level defender will also hold a shield. The covered lineman
will execute covered steps and one afin bench his inside arm
through the outside half of the hand shield, keeping his
outside hand free. If the down defender goes away he will
work to the second level defender. The uncovered lineman
will execute uncovered steps reading the hips of the down
defender (hand shield) if the hip comes to him he will
take over the block if the hip goes away he will work to the
second level defender. Calls will be made.

ZONE READ DRILL

I The first two steps and hand placement are the most important.

q9 Aiming point is the call side armpit of the down defender.

r.- The offensive linemen must anticipate stunts and blitzes but
never guess.
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footwork.

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keeping eyes open for the linebacker attempting to scrape.

agi 4. Check to see each lineman is executing the proper punch


when stepping.

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ZO]YE DRILL
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SECOND LEVELDEFENDER

I Objective of the zone drill is to teach offensive linemen to


block a first level defender when executing the zone block
(inside and outside).

I The down defender will hold a hand shield. The covered


lineman will execute covered steps and one arun bench his
inside arm through the outside half of the hand shield, keeping
his outside hand free. The uncovered lineman will execute
uncovered steps maintaining leverage on the down defender.

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defenders make tackles. BLOCK THE FIRST LEVEL
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footwork.

€P 3. Check the eyes, are they reading hips and landmarks.

tP 4. Check to see each lineman is executing the proper punch


when stepping.

tP 5. Check for hand, pad leverage, and run blocking


demeanor.

BOARD und
CHUTE
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BOARDS and CHUTE DRILL

tP Object of the boards and chute drill is to work on all


steps and components of zone blocking.

aP The boards will help linemen develop a good base.

e The chutes will help linemen keep their shoulders (pad


leverage) down (power producing angles) as well as maintain
hand leverage.

RUN BLOCKING PROGRESSION


CHUTES

tP cHUTES (zoNE):

1. One step: Off set, bucket step (set to reach) with angle of
departure 45 degrees (with towels as visual landmark).

2. One step: 6-inch lateral jab (set to drive) step (with towels
as visual landmark).

3. Two step: Punch (load guns, deliver a blow up and through


the defender).

4. Drive block down the boards.

5. Finish.
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COACHING POINTS:

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€i} 2.Proper footwork, good base.

{C 3. Eyes, landmarks and aiming points.

@ 4. Run blocking demeanor, hand and pad leverage (maintain


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tp 5. Finish, unlocking the hips. Looking for all the components.

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COACHING POINTS:

tP 1. Check stance.

2. Proper footwork, good base. Stick 1$ step in the ground.

gb 3. Eyes, landmarks and aiming points. Get 2"d step in the


ground, Strike with hands, run your feet.

4. Run blocking demeanor, hand and pad leverage (maintain


leverage).

tP 5. Finish, unlocking the hips. Looking for all the components.

ZO]YE,STEPS
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P Each lineman will off set to the left and to the right working
both uncovered and covered zone steps. Sled work will help
them explode off the ball as a unit while driving their hands
through the pad and extending the arrns as they drive the sled.

Each lineman will take two steps (getting the second step in the ground)
and striking the pad. The set to drive (covered step) or the set to reach
(uncovered step) and then the attack step.

SLED TEACHING PROGRESSION


sLEp (zoNE):

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Off set, bucket step (set to reach) with angle of departure 45
degrees.

2. First step directional (position), second step attack (power):


6-inch lateraljab (set to drive) step.

3. Two step: Contact on the second step. Punch (load guns,


deliver a blow up and through the pad). All the components:
flat back, ankles and knees bent, proper punch with the
thumbs up and elbows tight to the side.

4. Drive the sled in the proper run blocking demeanor and


hnish.
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COACHING POINTS:

qP 1. Check stance.

iaP 2. Proper footwork, good base, weight on the insteps of the feet.

trP 3. Eyes, landmarks and aiming points.

I 4. Run blocking demeanor, hand and pad leverage (maintain


leverage).

$- 5. Finish, unlocking the hips. Looking for all the components


in the zone run blocking concept.

CONruCT INFORMATION

Copyright @ 2006, Ken Wilmesherr and Grossmont College.


All rights reserved
PIPE DRILL
5. Drive block first step is a 6-inch vertical or lateral jab step
(set to drive) with the directional step. The second step is the
power step getting vertical push over and up on the down
defender, driving the knee through the down defenders knee.

The first step is determined by the alignment of the down


defender.

PIPE DRILL
5. Drive block

First step: 6-inch vertical step


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COACHING POINTS:

<9 1. Check for aproper stance.

e 2. Check to make sure each lineman is executing the proper


footwork in all 5 phases; stepping with ttre proper directional
foot and pushing offthe properpower foot. Always watch the
second step.

(9 3. Check to see each lineman is executing the properpunch


when stepping.

€) 4. Check for pad level and run blocking demeanor.

€ 5. Make sure each lineman is finishing the drill.


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BOARD DRILL

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uncovered steps on zone using boards (z-by- 4, 14 inches long)
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