OFFENSIVE LINE BLOCKS
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 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
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
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
Gus call Charlie
The fold block must
be used with the least amount of splits with out tipping the
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.
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).
combination block is used when we would like to initiate movement
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
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
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.
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 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.
trap has initially the same technique as the short trap with
of the trapper will try to achieve a inside out relationship.
He must run down the
LOS and follow the lineman firing out.
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.
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
Block & Cut Block
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.
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
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.
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.
O-Line Calls & Terms
- roy- blocking to
- 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
- combo- a combination
- tuff- down block
- horn- horn block
- 21- fore arm lift
to the backer
- on- drive block
- 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
- home- center stays
and helps out nearest threat