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Drive Block

Basic block that is used when we want a one on one block against the defender. The offensive lineman will take a 6 to 8 inch power step just outside the defender's base toward the play side call.  The second step will drive over the first and will be planted in the ground simultaneously as the hands and helmet strike the top of the play side # to create a hard surface.  The lineman will then attempt to get downhill movement on the defender while keeping a flat back and #’s over the knees.  We will finish every block,  if we can't keep up, if the defender disengages, or if the defender gets outside the framework(do not stretch the jersey) climb, accelerate your feet for the pancake.

Scoop Block

The Scoop block is primarily a backside blocking scheme in our offense.  We use it on inside, outside veer, and load option.  The basic thing that we want to accomplish is to cut off pursuit of the defender.  It is very productive when the ball is being run wide or against in inside slant.  The technique of this block is to push off strongly wit the inside foot.   Set to reach with the lead foot to gain inside leverage upfield.  The blocker must throw the backside arm through the the defender's crotch.  square the shoulders and bear crawling to the second level (keep moving do not let your feet die).  At the second level snap to feet and sprit to the alley.  This is a quick and sharply executed block.  Do not be concerned with the reaction of the defender.  If a stalemate occurs snap to feet quickly and get to the second level.

Blocking a LB

Take a aiming point of where the LB going to be not where he is lined up.  Know where the play is going and how the LB is going to react.  If the LB pads are square to the LOS we will drive block him high.  At about 1 to 1 1/2 yards out come under control  maintain your base, bend your knees and drive block him.  You may use a two hand punch or a fore arm lift.  Come off the line low and hard with your aiming points in mind.  If the LB turns his pads away from the LOS and is running, cut him.  Do this by getting your head to the play side and driving your shoulder pads through his knee.   Do not dive(shamu) keep your feet moving.  You may engage high than work down to the knees also.  Do not show the cut to soon.  Be sure you can touch him before you cut him.

Fold Blocks

In dealing with the fold block the uncovered lineman will always go first with the covered lineman folding around.  The offensive man blocking the down defender will aim for the near hip of the defender.  The first step will be with nearest foot toward the defender.  The step will be a 6 to 8 inch power step and will be short and quick.  On the second step contact should be made.  The blocker will then explode his hands through the mid-section of the defender accelerating his feet keeping a flat back with #’s over knees.  The lineman must make sure that his butt does not swing up field on contact as this would allow the defender to roll off inside possibly catching the play from behind.  

The covered lineman has a more difficult block then the uncovered lineman.  He will lose some ground with the first step opening up with the near foot toward the uncovered lineman while keeping the far foot planted.  The second step will replace the feet of the uncovered lineman who is now carrying out his down block. The idea is to keep the feet and shoulders parallel to the LOS after the first step so the lineman can keep his eye on the linebacker at all times.  We like to use three different types of fold blocks, one for each of the interior lineman.  They are: Charlie-center drives first, Gus-guard drives first, and Tom-tackle drives first.

Tom call  Gus call Charlie call

The fold block must be used with the least amount of splits with out tipping the play
off to the defender. This will help get the folder around and help eliminate any
possibility of penetration by the down man or a stunting linebacker.  The fold
block helps the blocker to obtain a desirable angle on the defender and it also a
good block to change up the pace.
Alley Block

Backside cutoff block that is carried up to the second level and third level. Once the cutoff blocker has worked upfield to cut-off the pursuit of the first and second level defenders, the blocker then turns and sprints to the sideline.  Make your width the width of the play.  Get as wide as the alley and seven yards deep.  Learn to intercept the alley just as ball carrier hits the alley with his shudders square.  When the alley is tight the angle will be further upfield (10 -15 yards).

Combo Block

The combination block is used when we would like to initiate movement along the
LOS by using two blockers on one defender and still pick up either the front side
or backside linebacker.  The neat thing about this block is that our lineman merely
need to know if they are covered or uncovered.  If the lineman is covered we tell
him to execute a drive block. If he is uncovered he will check for slant by the
lineman, check for plug, and then help the covered lineman get a push on the
defender.  The uncovered lineman first step will be at the defender.  By taking
this step the uncovered lineman can stop a slant by the defender, allowing the
covered lineman to re-direct and help get push on the defender.  The second step
by the uncovered lineman is at a imaginary point just behind the near foot of the
defender prior to the snap.  By taking the two steps properly the uncovered
lineman's head should be on the up-field side of the defender.  The linebacker is
the primary responsibility of the uncovered lineman.  He must stay with the
combo and only come off when he can touch the linebacker.  This method again
helps maintain a down field push on the defender.  If the tackle does slant and the
linebacker comes around the rolls are now reversed.  The call for this block will
be “combo”

Combination Block  

Down Block

The down block involves the entire front-side of the LOS with the exception of the center.  This block is used to give the tackle and end good blocking angles to the inside while at the same time, releasing the guard to the outside or to the point of attack. The point of aim for the down blockers should be at the near hip of the defender.  At the snap the lineman must lead with the near foot toward the defender.  On contact, the head must drive to the front of the defender to eliminate penetration by the defender.  The blockers should drive the defenders as far inside as possible.   Do not let the defender get penetration he could blow up the play.  The center can still down block and usually does when the backside guard pulls.  The center will then execute a fill block where essentially he is filling for the pulling guard.

Down Block  

Reach Block

The reach block is used at the point of attack to keep the defender from running the play down to the outside. This block has many different names such as, the cutoff, read block, or shield block.  The reach block is used when we want to get movement parallel to the LOS.  This block can either be a one on one block or can be used with the combo block.  The first step will be a flat step at a 45 degree angle outside of the defenders base.  The second step will be at the inside of the defender's far leg.  The blocker must get his play side hand and helmet to the # on the far sleeve.  He must then try to quickly get the other hand to the near armpit. We would like the blocker to work his outside leg and head past the defender accelerating his feet and getting his shoulders parallel with the goal line.

 Reach Block  

Trap Blocks-short & long

The basic steps and arm motion will be the same for all of the trap blocks, but the course and direction will be different.  The first step will be a short quick step slightly parallel with the LOS.  At the same time the blocker will whip his elbow and head in the direction of the trap.  The far arm will be brought close to the body to aid in rapid running.  The far foot will pivot and become the drive foot. Your aiming point is the defender's inside hip, be sure to get your head down field on the long trap.  Bend your knees and run through the defender.  Stay low and keep your feet moving do not clog the hole.  If the defender squeezes the hole so tight where you can not trap, shift your aiming point to the defenders outside hip and log him.  Seal his outside hip and stay on your feet so the defender can not play off your block.  Log him only as a last resort.

Short Trap

The short trap is usually performed by the guard and is never more than two or
three lineman removed.  It is the same technique as mentioned above with the
exception of the first step which will not be as flat but will be less parallel. This
step should replace the foot of the down block or fill by the guard.  The trapper
should step into the LOS scrimmage with his first step.


Long Trap

The long trap has initially the same technique as the short trap with the exception
of the trapper will try to achieve a inside out relationship.  He must run down the
LOS and follow the lineman firing out.



The first step on the sweep will be the same as the long trap with the exception of
the depth that the lineman will try to gain.  This depth will change on the type of
play, what front the defense is in, and what position the lineman is in when he
initiates the pull.  We would like him to gain at least one yard by the third step.
We want them to get deeper as they travel down the LOS but never more then
three yards deep.


Double Team

The double team is used to give blocking power at the point of attack.  The block will consist of two lineman, the post and the drive man.  The post man will execute a drive block.  He will perform this block as if he was blocking the
defender alone.  The drive man will take his normal stance with the exception that he will cut his split down so he can arrive at the double team early thus cutting down the risk of the defender splitting the double.  His point of aim will be the near hip of the defender.  When the drive man makes contact he will stay low and drive the screws of his helmet and hands through the defender not allowing his feet to die.  If the post man delivers a good drive block and can stand the defender up, the drive man's contact to the mid-section should create movement.  This block will be called “dumbo”

Double Team

Scramble Block & Cut Block

The scramble and cut block begin with the same stance and steps as the drive
block.  The target of the cut block will be inside the defender's knee at knee level.
It is important for the blocker not to drop his head.  Punch the play side hand
inside the backside knee and keep the feet moving while maintaining a flat back.
The scramble block target will be the helmet and shoulder to the outside play side
knee.  Again it is important not to drop the head.  To finish the block lock off
play side knee between shoulder and hip, keep pressure and bear crawl.

Forearm Lift-21block

We like to call this Block the 21 block meaning 2 for 1 block.  This block is
primarily used on the backside of the LOS. This block allows us to account for
the down lineman while working to the next level to attack the linebacker.  The
lineman will take his first two step as he would in the drive block.  As the second
step is planted in the ground he will bring his far-side forearm up to make contact
with the defender to slow his forward progress.  He will keep his play side arm and
leg free working towards the linebacker at the proper pursuit angle.

21 Block

Cross Block

The cross block is used when two adjacent lineman are covered and there is an
exchange in responsibility.  A much quicker block then the fold the cross block
can be used to confuse defensive keys as well as create better blocking angles.
The inside man who is the man closet to the center should go first.

 Cross Block

Horn Block

The horn block is used to block a loose playing linebacker either inside or outside. The horn block is a quick pull by the tackle where he tries to get around the end quickly and squaring up his shoulders to the LOS looking for the play side or backside line backer.

 Horn Block  

  Bulldog O-Line Calls & Terms

  • roy- blocking to the right
  • larry- blocking to the left
  • charlie- fold block with the center leading first
  • gus- fold block with the guard leading first
  • tom- fold block with the tackle leading first
  • dumbo- a double team
  • combo- a combination block
  • tuff- down block
  • horn- horn block
  • 21- fore arm lift to the backer
  • on- drive block
  • suzie-scamble
  • spilt- everyone is man blocking
  • I go- cross block-with call man going first
  • you go-cross block
  • gap- block first man to play side gap
  • odd- center is covered
  • even- center is uncovered
  • home- center stays and helps out nearest threat