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Title: O-Line Progression


1
Offensive Line Progression for the Single Wing
  • Presented at the Single Wing Conclave
  • February 27, 2010
  • By Coach Walter Siryk

2
Walt-Tzus The Art of Training the Death Squad
O-Line for Face Melter Results
3
Presentation Agenda
  • O-Line requirements for the SW offense
  • Our Philosophy of O-Line Play
  • O-line Teaching Progression
  • Basic Blocks and schemes
  • Its not what you know, but what you teach

4
Ode of the O-Line Coach
  • Work with the least athletic talent and ability
    on your team
  • to contact, engage and force movement on a
    defender
  • who is the Best player on their team and
    possesses quickness, great speed, excellent
    reaction-time and agility
  • For No glory or recognition!

5
The Greatest Rewards
  • You can develop a player in this position more
    than any other.
  • Work with great kids that are dedicated, loyal,
    hard workers.
  • Great blocking has a profound impact on the game.
  • For the kids Free license to commit assault and
    battery.

6
The Objective
  • Given that we
  • Teach blocking in a Part-Whole progression,
  • Use blocking rules that put each player in a
    position to succeed, and
  • Equip each player with a Tool Box for any
    situation
  • We can expect 100 success with our blocks.

7
The Challenge
  • Unnatural to assume a 3 point stance.
  • Requires flexibility to fire off low and sprint
    with a line of force.
  • Takes hard work, repetition, knowledge, and
    patience.

8
Single Wing Characteristics
  • Physical, power football
  • Ball control offense, requiring 2.5 yards per
    carry
  • Tight line splits
  • Pulling required
  • To bring overwhelming numbers to the point of
    attack
  • To execute Traps
  • 3 level blocking On, LBs, Down Field

9
Theory of SW O-Line Play
  • Change the LOS get off on the snap count with
    Sprint Action
  • Dominate the 2x4 yard box
  • 4-6 second Concept
  • Block on 3 Levels

10
4 Advantages of the Blocker
  • Everything we do is designed to capitalize on the
    4 Advantages the blocker has
  • Cadence 1st mover advantage
  • Direction 1st chance to initiate proper angle
    of departure and attack
  • Impact greater chance to generate great
    explosion and force on the defender
  • Blocking Scheme knows the play

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Changing the LOS
  • We teach our lineman to play fast
  • Ball is 12 long, get on other side of it
  • Foot Work is Sprint Action like a sprinter
  • NOT A DUCK WALK
  • Stance and Starts are repped every day
  • In warm-ups, Indy time, conditioning
  • Indy time is heavily based on competitive
    contests, including races
  • Bag Race
  • Bag Drive Race

12
Bag Race Drills
Player/ Coach
Player/ Coach
Player/ Coach
Player/ Coach
Shield
Shield
Shield
Shield
4, 7, or 10 yds
Last player there, does push ups
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Bag Race Clip
14
Bag Drive Race Drills
DRIVE FOR 10
10 yards
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Dominate the 2x4 yard box
  • Anyone can be a sound fundamental player in this
    short contact space.
  • Game of Leverage We stress shoulder blocking
    form to create a line of force from contact to
    finish
  • Angular Advantage Our blocking rules put
    players into a position to succeed
  • No base blocking, just angles and double teams
  • Attitude If your man is still standing after
    the whistle blows, there is room for improvement

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Dominate with the Tool Box
  • We expect our players to block defenders 1 on 1.
  • Before Game 1, our players are taught a blocking
    progression strategy with 3 base blocks Tool
    Box
  • Gap/Down
  • Crab or Scramble
  • Cut
  • If they are having difficulty handling a
    defender, they are taught to go through the
    progression
  • Base block doesnt work, so crab him, if that
    doesnt work, Cut him, if that doesnt work well
    get you some help
  • They understand that we have eliminated all
    excuses, but that they are not on an island

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A Word on Shoulder vs Hands
  • Why we shoulder block
  • Player size and strength favors shoulder blocking
  • Larger blocking area Elbow to Earhole
  • leverage factor as younger players tend to work
    too high or miss target point
  • Due to our Tight Splits and Quick Hitting nature
    of our plays
  • Shoulder blocking is more explosive
  • Tight Splits enable us to explode and unload into
    the defender without having to worry about
    missing the defender or being O-layed.

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A Word on Angular Advantage
  • We use a version of SAB, GDB (Gap-Down-Backer)
    because we believe it
  • Gives our players an Angular Advantage
  • Puts more bodies on 2nd level defenders than GOD
    blocking
  • Whatever blocking rules you use,
  • IMPORTANT to note that different blocking rules
    create different play dynamics
  • Whos pulling and puller timing,
  • How quickly back hits POA,
  • Angle of attack at the POA,
  • Blocking emphasis
  • Example Moving from GOD to GDB, we have
    de-emphasized the Double Team Block and
    emphasized the Gap and LB Block.

19
Blocking Rule Comparison
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4-6 Second Concept
  • We DEMAND all out effort for 6 seconds
  • We play a Double Whistle in practice
  • After play is over, we delay 1-2 seconds with a
    second whistle
  • All lineman must continue to be engaged with a
    defender, if not we do push ups
  • Game simulated drills like the
  • Zig-Zag Drill
  • Funnel Drill

21
Zig Zag Drills
Stay with Shield until whistle blows Variation
Keep Defender off of Coach until whistle blows
22
Zig Zag Drill
23
Funnel Drill
Coach walks through Funnel, Blocker must hold
blocks or Youre Fired. Use Starting Defenders,
Best on Best.
COACH
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Funnel Drill
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3 Level Blocking
  • We Teach players to block at 3 levels
  • Down Lineman DLM
  • Linebacker LB
  • Down Field DF
  • The main differences in the blocks are
  • The Direction of the 1st Step
  • Aiming Point of Contact
  • Blocking Surface
  • Stance, Take-offs, and Contact Fit are
    essentially the same

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Teaching Progression Philosophy
  • Teach BIG PICTURE, the PARTS, then the WHOLE
  • KEY POINT
  • Start with the Finish
  • Ensure the Blocker feels and experiences the
    perfect block FIRST, so they can train and
    discipline themselves in the proper mechanics to
    get there.

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Start with Base Drive Block
  • Every blocking technique in our system
    encompasses the fundamentals of the Base Drive
    Block
  • Once the lineman learns the basic fundamentals
    and mechanics, he has a solid basis to execute
    every block in our system.

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Elements of Good Blocking
  1. Good Stance
  2. Stay lower than defender, maintain leverage, Low
    Man Wins
  3. Back in leverage position w/Ram-Rod angle Line of
    Force
  4. Power Angles in the legs
  5. Block with your Feet
  6. Follow Through

29
Ram Rod Line of Force
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Teaching Progression
  • 3 Phase Progression
  • Stance Takeoffs
  • Fit Position
  • Specific Blocks
  • Gap/Down
  • Crab/Scramble
  • Cut block
  • Power Climb to 2nd level
  • Pull

Tool Box
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Phase 1 Stance Takeoffs
  • A correct disciplined Stance will provide for
    excellent take-off mechanics and allow for a
    quick transition in all 4 directions

32
Stance
  1. Feet under arm pits
  2. Toe to In-Step Stagger
  3. Tripod arm inside of knee, 6 in front of
    shoulder
  4. Weight distributed and balanced
    (trick 4 pt then raise hand)
  5. Power Z in knees, ankles. Be a knee bender, not a
    hip bender
  6. Back Flat with a line of force thru defender
  7. Head Up
  8. Air under heels

33
Stance Clip
34
Takeoff Goals
  • Take-offs must
  • Change the LOS (Sprint Action),
  • Stop Penetration,
  • Allow blocker to get into position for Angular
    Force Advantage, and
  • Get movement on the defender
  • Emphasize Sprint Action Speed!
  • Get off the ball!

35
Takeoffs 3 Step Progression
  • Player who gets their 2nd step down first Wins
  • First Step (6 Power Step)
  • Establishes direction
  • Movement forward, not up
  • Eyes on target
  • Second Step (6)
  • To split the crotch of defender
  • Unload forearms into the defender
  • Third Step
  • Accelerate upfield
  • Acronyms used
  • B.E.E.F. (Murphy) Blast off, Explode, Elevate,
    Finish
  • L.E.G. (Lawson) Load, Explode, Go

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How we teach it
  • Load 6 power step with near foot
  • Roll over the front step
  • Knee of drive leg points to ground
  • Stay Low numbers to knees
  • Initial movement forward, not up
  • Thrust arms in sprint motions
  • First step should never be further than the down
    hand
  • Explode Power Step, Unload forearm and
    shoulder into defender
  • Go Short step and accelerate
  • If your man is still standing at the whistle,
    there is room for improvement

37
Takeoffs Clip
38
Takeoff Mechanics
  • Blocking Surface Elbows to Ear-hole
  • Target Far or Armpit before contact so we get
    into the hips of the defender
  • Down hand swings back hard (Sprint Action)
  • Replace down hand with foot
  • Coaching Point
  • Have players slap hand of player behind them to
    emphasize sprint action.
  • Progress to walking with pumping arms then to
    sprints.

39
3 Step Drills
  • We drill the first 3 steps hard at the beginning
    of the season, then we review it 1x per week
    after with fun drills.
  • Tennis Ball Drill catch tennis ball on 1
    step, then 2nd step
  • Splatter Drill 2nd Step into bag holder
    standing in front of landing pad

40
Tennis Ball Drill
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Splatter Block Drill
42
Directional Drills
Next we introduce directional footwork and
emphasizing forward movement, not upward movement
with CHUTES BOARDS
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Boards Drill
44
Phase 2 Fit Position
  • Objective To show the Blocker the ideal blocking
    position at initial contact.
  • Drill 1 Fit Position
  • Ex. Right Shoulder
  • Right foot in crotch of partner
  • Ear hole to elbow contact
  • Back Flat
  • Power Z in knees ankles
  • Opposite hand down
  • Partner holds head up

45
Fit Position
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Fit Position Demo
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Drill 2 Follow Through
  • Objective Develop experience to accelerate and
    finish block while maintaining proper mechanics
    and body position
  • Assume Fit Position against bag over board.
  • 4 Short steps to the whistle while maintaining
    fit, power z, feet underneath.
  • Do both shoulders
  • Progress to 5 yard sprints while maintaining fit,
    power z, feet underneath.

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Drill 2 continued
  • Coach checks for following
  • Straight back
  • Power Z in knees, ankles
  • Maintained contact with bag
  • Head Up
  • Common Problems
  • Head down
  • Back humped
  • Lose of power angles
  • Laziness

49
Drill 2 Follow Through
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Drill 3 Fire to Fit
  • Objective To train explosion into the proper fit
    position
  • Line up on blocking shield over board
  • Hit Freeze on Hand Shield
  • Hit and freeze with knee and same side shoulder
    up
  • Progress from 6pt , 4 pt, to 3 pt stance
  • Progress to Hit, 4 short steps, freeze
  • Coaching Point always make sure arms are flying
    back

51
Drill 3 Fire to Fit
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Drill 4 Fire to Finish
  • Objective To bring together all the previous
    blocking progressions into the total block.
  • Line up on blocking shield over board
  • From Stance, Fire Out, Hit, sprint drive
  • bag 5-10 yards (or 4-6 seconds) to the whistle
    while maintaining contact and proper fit.

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Drill 4 Fire to Finish
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Phase 3 Individual Blocks
  • Once a player learns the Base Drive Block
    fundamentals, they have a foundation to execute
    the other blocks.
  • The differences are in the
  • Direction of 1st step
  • Aiming point of contact, and
  • Blocking surface

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A Word about Line Depth
  • The depth of the O-line has an impact on Aiming
    points, leverage angles, and speed of blocks.
  • Tight helmet on back tip of ball
  • Allows for quicker contact for movement
  • Greater Angle of Leverage
  • Loose helmet on centers waist
  • Greater momentum at contact
  • More time for pullers
  • Combination Pullers in Loose, others in tight

56
Reminder Which foot?
  • Gap or Down Step with nearest foot
  • Man On/Over Step with Back Foot, drive with up
    foot

57
Gap/Down Block
  • Purpose Prevent Penetration, move defender down
    LOS
  • Aiming Point
  • Tight Defender inside
  • Loose defender near
  • 1st Step Near foot at DLMs far instep, head in
    front of DLM
  • 2nd Step To crotch of DLM
  • Contact Backside shoulder forearm explode into
    DLMs side/hips.
  • Finish Drive DLM down LOS.

58
Gap/Down Block
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Crab/Scramble Block
  • Purpose Seal a hard charging DLM, helps weaker
    O- Lineman handle stronger DLM.
  • Aiming Point Play-side number or gap
  • 1st Step Near foot to far arm pit
  • 2nd Step Step while ripping backside arm and
    shoulder in front of defender.
  • Finish Assume 4 pt stance and accelerate
    sideways into defender
  • Can also use Squeeze Seal technique

60
Crab/Scramble Block
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Cut Block
  • Purpose Cut-off a hard charging DLM, helps
    smaller O- lineman vs bigger DLM
  • Aiming Point Play-side thigh
  • 1st Step Near foot at DLMs far instep
  • 2nd Step Crotch of defender, helmet in front of
    thigh.
  • Contact Drive Backside shoulder thru thigh,
    backside arm thru crotch, defenders thigh is
    between V of head and shoulder
  • Finish 4 pt stance and accelerate to take
    defender to the ground.

62
Cut Block
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Blocking 2nd/3rd level
  • Power Climb
  • Square up between defender and ball carrier.
  • Strike with Closed Fists under LBs shoulder pads
    into breast plate, pad under pad
  • Long part of forearm is the blocking surface
  • Run hips under LB, keep running feet
  • Do not lean forward during attack
  • Striking with fists first enables lineman to keep
    his feet and adjust to defenders evasive moves.
  • Leading with shoulder can cause you to whiff.

64
Power Climb
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Traps
  • Use Loop Pull, do not run to sideline
  • Step for the back tip of the football
  • Aiming point is the near thigh board
  • Pull Right Right shoulder contact
  • Pull Left Left shoulder contact

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Loop Pull for Traps/Power
  • Not the traditional Rip arm back while stepping
    parallel to LOS and facing sideline
  • Keeps Shoulder square to LOS, ready to take on
    blitzing backers.
  • Pullers eyes are upfield on-target, not the
    sideline.
  • Easier to log a squeezing defender
  • Puller hugs line movement

67
Loop Pull
  • Key Points for Left Guard Pulling Right
  • Drop left foot behind right foot,
  • Right foot step toward back of ball

68
Loop Pull Demonstration
69
Traditional Pull
L3
L1
R
L
L2
R2
R1
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Loop Pull
L3
R2
L2
R
L
R1
L1
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Traditional Pull - Trap
QE
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Loop Pull - Trap
QE
73
Traditional Pull - Power
QE
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Loop Pull - Power
QE
75
Loop Pull - Clips
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Key Take-Aways for Success
  • Show them how a block feels, the FIT
  • Teach them how to block
  • Use a structured progression
  • Start at the Finish
  • Put them in a position to succeed with angular
    advantage blocking rules
  • Give them a Tool Box
  • A progression to use when having a challenging
    opponent
  • Rep each block in practice
  • Drills should simulate game conditions
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