Offensive Line Teaching Progression

                               I.    Knowledge

                               II.    Fundamentals

                               III.    Effort

 

  1. KNOWLEDGE

    1. Stance

    2. Alignment/Splits

    3. Assignment

 

 

  1. FUNDAMENTALS

    1. Play the techniques

    2. Landmarks and Eyes

    3. Creating contact

    4. Footwork

    5. Displacing the defender

    6. Pass Protection

 

 

  1. EFFORT

    1. Finish

    2. Individual Battle

    3. Grading System

 

 

STANCE

KNOWLEDGE

 

For any offensive lineman to be effective as a player, he must develop a sound functional stance from which to operate.

 

THIS IS CRITICAL- ALL FUNDAMENTALS ARE AFFECTED BY THE PROPER STANCE!

 

THE FACTS ARE:

FUNDAMENTALS will express themselves with a

sound and functional stance.

 

FUNDAMENTAL problems will always repeat

themselves without a sound and functional stance.

 

Developing a sound and functional stance IS A MUST if we are to be a FUNDAMENTALLY sound offensive line.

 

ATTACK THE TECHNIQUE is our 1ST FUNDAMENTAL- Because of this, we cannot compromise our stance.

 

 

***MOST OFFENSIVE LINE PROBLEMS CAN BE SOLVED BY KNOWLEDGE***

1.  STANCE

2.  ALIGNMENT/SPLITS

3.  ASSIGNMENT

 

 

STANCE

KNOWLEDGE

 

WE WILL BUILD OUR STANCE FROM THE GROUND UP

 

Our offensive linemen will play in a BALANCED STANCE.  The objective is to “Create Power” from the ground up as well as having the ability to perform in all directions.  A balanced stance also creates “Power Producing Angles” for the blocker

 

STANCE CHECKLIST

 

1.  Base- Feet shoulder width apart.

2.  Feet- Weight on the balls of your feet and flatfooted

3.  Stagger- Toe to instep – toe to hill stagger.  Tackles deeper.

4.  Knees- Knock-kneed to create power angles

5.  Down hand- Stretch under the eye of the down hand

6.  Shin angles- Angle of departure in relationship to grass

7.  Shoulders square- Square to LOS with back parallel to ground

8.  Off hand in ready position.

 

Developing a sound functional stance IS A MUST if we are to be a FUNDAMENTALLY sound offensive line.

 

TAKE-OFF is essential to our success– because of this, we cannot compromise our stance.

 

 

ALIGN/SPLITS

KNOWLEDGE

 

ALIGNMENTS are the horizontal positioning of a defensive lineman within a defensive call. We will use the feet of the defensive lineman to determine our alignment.

 

THERE ARE FIVE ALIGNMENTS:

 

1.  HEADS – Feet to feet of defensive lineman.

2.  HEAVY – Feet slightly offset defensive lineman’s feet (cover up ¾ of offensive lineman).

3.  SHADE – Split the feet of defensive lineman (hand to crotch of offensive lineman).

4.  LOOSE – Hand to foot with the defensive lineman.

5.  WIDE - Hand outside foot of defensive lineman.

 

***This will enable us to determine who is working together***

 

THERE ARE 3 SPLITS:

  1. Minimum- 6 inch split from next adjacent linemen

ATTACK THE TECHNIQUE

FUNDAMENTALS

 

We will play three techniques

  1.  MAN 
  2.  ZONE 
  3.  GAP 

 

1.  MAN TECHNIQUE (MONEY= MAN-ON/BOB= BIG ON BIG)

          *ATTACK THE TECHNIQUE TO: NEUTRILIZE THE DEFENDER YOU ARE ASSISGNED.

 

  1. Great eye focus on your landmark
  2. Create 3 points of CONTACT (shoulders square) 

 

2.  ZONE TECHNIQUE (SINGLE/SWAP/STEELER, etc.)

          *ATTACK THE TECHNIQUE TO: CORDINATE ZONE CONCEPTS .

 

INSIDE ZONE (DT’s dictate flow)

  1. Covered= attack the V of the neck for vertical displacement

 

OUTSIDE ZONE (Linebackers dictate flow)

a.      Covered= attack the outside breast plate for vertical displacement

b.      Uncovered= attack the zone track area of the next adjacent gap over.

 


ATTACK THE TECHNIQUE

FUNDAMENTALS

 

 

3. GAP TECHNIQUE (80-90, plane-pacer)

  1. Attack the LOS with inside foot (Attack Step)
  2. Close the distance between you and the defensive linemen
  3. You have a gap not a man


 


LANDMARKS/EYES

FUNDAMENTALS

 

LANDMARKS are a very critical FUNDAMENTAL of effective offensive line play. We must train our EYES to EXPLODE on our landmarks.

 

*** DO NOT LET YOUR EYES WANDER***

*** HAVE GREAT EYE CONTROL***

 

There will be three primary landmarks:

1.  INSIDE BREAST PLATE

  1. Eyes key the attack point vertically down your horizontal alignment
  2. Covered eyes is primary focus

 

2.  OUTSIDE BREAST PLATE

  1. Eyes key the attack point at a 45 degree angle down your horizontal alignment
  2. Covered eye is primary focus

 

3.  V OF THE NECK

  1. Eyes key the attack point vertically down your horizontal alignment

 

Pre-Snap keys:  Read the Front/Structure, alignments, and defensive lineman (key their eyes).  Key your attack point and it will lead you to hitting your landmarks.

 

***ATTACK THE DEFENDER/AREA WITH INTENTION OF HITTING YOUR LANDMARK***
 


STRIKE TO CONTACT

FUNDAMENTALS

 

We will commonly refer to the fundamental of STRIKE TO CONTACT as HITTING LANDMARKS. Creating contact is paramount on aggressive run blocks.

 

FOUR POINTS OF CONTACT is essential in this fundamental.  The most important point that we must stress in this fundamental is that it MUST ORIGINATE FROM A SOUND AND FUNCTIONAL STANCE.

 

FOUR POINTS OF CONTACT

1.  FACE

2.  FISTS

3.  FOREARMS

4.  FEET!

 

  1. HAT PLACEMENT

1.      Most critical on aggressive blocks

2.      OL hat to his landmark (Vertical Displacement)

3.      OL hat misses landmark (Wash-Flipper)

 

  1. HAND PLACEMENT
    1. The blow is struck with palm and heels of the hands
    2. Thumbs up and elbows in
    3. Quickness of hat and hands to the aiming point

 

USE GREAT CONTACT TO:

1.  Attack - the defender

2.  Displace – the defender

3.  Adjust the pad level of the defender (Bully Pads, Hips on Hips)


 


FOOTWORK

FUNDAMENTALS

 

 

Footwork is the sequence of the first two steps of an offensive lineman. We will name the first two steps based on the technique we are playing

 

Man Technique

1.  Punch step- 6 to 12 inch vertical step with gather step

2.  L step- 6 to12 inch 45 degree off-set step with vertical gather step

3.  Quick set- replace dents step (3-6 inch drop with outside foot)

 

Zone technique

1.  Punch step- 6 to 12 inch vertical step with gather step

2.  L step- 6 to12 inch 45 degree off-set step with vertical gather step

3.  Drop Step- 6 to 12 inch 45 degree drop step with horizontal crossover step

 

Gap technique

1.  Negative step- 6 to 12 inch horizontal step followed with replacement step

2.  Down step- attacking the gap to get to the cut-off position on the defensive player

 

After the point of contact- form fit position

1.  Feet must always come to a solid base

2.  Fast feet-  work to stay square

3.  Hips- swallow the offensive lineman up

 

 


DISPLACING

FUNDAMENTALS

 

To displace the defensive player, the FUNDAMENTAL of Strike to Contact must be in effect.  You must first control the defender to walk him off the ball.  Offensive linemen that can SWALLOW up defenders are the guys that are making plays and affecting the game. 

 

Displacement Techniques

  1.  Hitting your landmark to Heavy Arm
    1. Attack and hit landmark
    2. Work aggressively to bully pads and drive hips on hips
    3. Wide base run your feet
    4. Shot put defender with inside hand, when he works to fight horizontally for his gap
    5.  Hitting your landmark to Reach
      1. Attack and hit landmark
      2. Work aggressively to bully pads and drive hips on hips
      3. Wide base run your feet
      4.  Hitting your landmark to cut
        1. Attack and hit landmark
        2. Throw hat across and rip through
        3. Bear crawl to finish block
        4.  Missing your landmark to Wash
          1. Attack to hit landmark
          2. Work aggressively to stay on track to wash defender horizontally to sideline
          3. Wide base run your feet
          4. Spine block, use his momentum against him
          5. Missing your landmark to Flipper
            1. Attack the blocker and flipper (Blunt) him as he crosses face
            2. Stay firm feeling the inside and seeing the outside as you work to stay on your track

PASS PRO

ASPECTS

 

 

FIVE ASPECTS OF PASS PROTECTION

 

1. Objectives of a Pass Protection

2. Plan & Mindset

3. Pass Set Progression

  1. Pass Rush Lanes
  2. Pass Protection Techniques

  

PASS PRO

OBJECTIVES

 

BENEFITS OF A GREAT PASS PROTECTION

 

  1. KEEP THE QB UPRIGHT AND ALIVE
  2. TOUCHDOWNS
  3. CHUNK YARDS
  4. TOUCHDOWNS
  5. SCRAMBLE
  6. PROGRESSION
  7. WINDOWNS/LANES
  8. ALLOWS QB TO STEP INTO THROWS
  9. TIMING

10.QB’S CONFIDENCE

11.DEMORALIZE SENONDAY’S CONFIDENCE

***PLAY TOGETHER, HAVE A PLAN AND COMPETE***

 

 


PASS PRO

PLAN & MINDSET

 

Plan & Mindset

 

  1. The single most determined effort in the game of football

***COMPETE***

 

 


PASS PRO

PROGRESSION

 

PASS PROTECTION PROGRESSION

 

The PASS PRO PROGRESSION is a sequence of MENTAL and PHYSICAL things that we must be aware of to maximize our ability to defeat the defender.

 

  1. KNOW SITUATION – Call – D&D – Time of Game
  2. KNOW YOUR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY- Effects your plan
  3. HAVE A PLAN- ID alignment, develop a plan for set and stick to it
  4. CONCENTRATE ON DEFENDER- Disciplined Eyes with peripheral
  5. GET UPRIGHT AND MAINTAIN STEEL ROD- Hands upright
  6. TARGET LANDMARK – Cut in half – Disciplined Eyes
  7. EXECUTE PASS PRO TECHNIQUE – Feet and Hands Constant
  8. STAY INSIDE AND IN-FRONT – Don’t overset
  9. SWELL UP AND BE AGGRESSIVE – Don’t  compromise your parallel relationship with LOS

 

***FINISH***

 


PASS PRO

TECHNIQUES

 

PASS PROTECTION TECHNIQUES

 

THERE 3 TYPES OF PASS PRO STYLES

 

DEEP SETS

FIRM SETS

AGGRESSIVE SETS

 

  1. DEEP SETS
  • •         UTILIZED WHEN DEFENDER HAS WIDTH IN HIS ALIGNMENT
  • •         USED TO CREATE SPACE AND TIME
  • •         HELPS MAINTAIN INSIDE AND INFRONT POSITION

Examples of DEEP SET PROTECTIONS

  • •         VERTICAL SET
  • •         MID KICK

 

  1. FIRM SETS
  • •         UTILIZE WHEN DEFENDER IS HEAVILY ALIGNED
  • •         USED TO SET THE POINT AND MAINTAIN POSITION

 

Examples of FIRM SET PROTECTIONS

  • •         45 KICK SET
  • •         QUICK SET

 

  1. AGGRESSIVE SETS
  • •         UTILIZE AS A CHANGE OF PACE
  • •         USED TO DICTATE THE ATTACK ON THE DEFENDER

 

Examples of AGGRESSIVE SET PROTECTIONS

  • •         JUMP SET
  • •         NEGATIVE SET


 


EFFORT

FINISH

 

 

1.  EFFORT HABIT

 

2.  BE RELENTLESS

 

3.  STRIKE AND STRAIN

 

4.  FINISH!!!!!