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Offline mpwcoachsmith

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Open Field Blocking
« on: September 11, 2017, 04:30:37 PM »
Anyone have any good open field blocking drills?  Looking for one that stresses the appropriate angle to take.  Kids always initially run right their block not taking into account the defender flowing with the play behind them.  I have used Cisar's keep away and diamond drills but am looking for something different.

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Re: Open Field Blocking
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017, 06:55:45 PM »
Can you give some in-game scenarios? Examples?
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Re: Open Field Blocking
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2017, 01:34:31 AM »
Blockers should already have an angle by alignment.  Blockers inside block people outside.  Blockers outside block someone inside.  And, BTW, backside LB's are outside players.
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Re: Open Field Blocking
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2017, 07:35:06 AM »
Can you give some in-game scenarios? Examples?
An example: 
--A Right TE is going 2nd level to LB that is just outside of him 4 yds back.  The play is a sweep right.  If the TE runs at the LB he will miss the block.  He needs to compensate for the LB flowing.

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Re: Open Field Blocking
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2017, 10:00:35 AM »
We run Spread so our schemes are a little different but in Receiver Indy - we go Diamond Drill which works very well for getting and staying our our MDM blocks and also rep "Crack" drill - LEGAL (open handed contact) cracks of course - where our Y & Z crack the 1st LBer inside.

It's VERY natural / instinctual for kids to initially run right at the defender allowing him to scrape over the top - takes a lot of coaching to get them to take a deeper / wider angle to secure outside head placement on those crack blocks.

One ? though - why is the TE blocking a LBer who is just outside of him? If you're running Dave's SW, which by your post I assume you are, I believe that TE would be GOD blocking and the LBer would be picked up by the pulling Guard / BB. So part of the issue may be assignments.

Most Youth TEs will struggle to reach block a LBer with outside leverage on him regardless of the angle which is why they're not asked to do that.

We also run a lot of Pull Drills for our Guards / Hs to get them pulling fast & tight and locating blocks quickly.
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Re: Open Field Blocking
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2017, 10:01:35 AM »
An example: 
--A Right TE is going 2nd level to LB that is just outside of him 4 yds back.  The play is a sweep right.  If the TE runs at the LB he will miss the block.  He needs to compensate for the LB flowing.

We use a "banana drill" to show angles when we reach block on sweeps or cover on kick-offs.  It's all about showing them how to compensate for flow of the opponent.  Seems to work well with us.  Open-field blocking is just like open-field tackling without the wrap and take-down.

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Re: Open Field Blocking
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2017, 10:18:58 AM »
One ? though - why is the TE blocking a LBer who is just outside of him? If you're running Dave's SW, which by your post I assume you are, I believe that TE would be GOD blocking and the LBer would be picked up by the pulling Guard / BB. So part of the issue may be assignments.
Not running SW anymore.  Running DCWT but still use lots of Cisar's stuff.

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Re: Open Field Blocking
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2017, 12:21:01 PM »
Okay, I may have one for you. It's actually a tackling drill and I think I got it from the USA Football Hawk stuff. Who knows?  Don't know what its called.


One line of cones:

           ^                              ^                                    ^                                  ^
DD       D >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>     
(Defenders)



(Blockers)
BB       B
           ^

On "Go", Defender runs down the line of cones. He's not allowed to juke right or left, but he is free to change his speed or even back up a step or two as long as he doesn't go crazy with it. Remember, he's supposed to be pursuing a ball carrier.

Blocker picks his angle and sprints to get to the front of the defender. If the defender slows down or backs up, blocker has to turn his hips to face the defender and "strafe/side shuffle". When the defender speeds back up, blocker turns his hips to sprint again. End game is to get in front of him and cut him off.

Like I said, this was a tackling drill, but I think it applies. You can either have your blocker get in front, fit and swing his butt to the ball (end of the line of cones), or have him fit and run him away from the line of cones. Switch and run it both sides.

Make sense?
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Re: Open Field Blocking
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2017, 01:26:11 PM »
An example: 
--A Right TE is going 2nd level to LB that is just outside of him 4 yds back.  The play is a sweep right.  If the TE runs at the LB he will miss the block.  He needs to compensate for the LB flowing.

Have your TE race the linebacker, to his outside shoulder. Don't quit even if you run him out of bounds.
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Re: Open Field Blocking
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2017, 02:18:10 PM »
Make sense?
Thanks, yeah, I like it.  I run an angle pursuit drill that is similar actually.

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Re: Open Field Blocking
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2017, 03:45:53 PM »
Thanks, yeah, I like it.  I run an angle pursuit drill that is similar actually.

Basically what it is.
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Re: Open Field Blocking
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2017, 04:11:22 PM »
An example: 
--A Right TE is going 2nd level to LB that is just outside of him 4 yds back.  The play is a sweep right.  If the TE runs at the LB he will miss the block.  He needs to compensate for the LB flowing.

He needs to learn how to arc release and get the right fit and angle out of the blocks.  Put his outside hand down to help with this.  He should drop step with his outside foot and crossover (ripping or swimming his way past a DE who might be trying to jam him) and get his shoulders around.  That footwork on the snap will get him going in the right direction because it will naturally widen him.

The thing is to not run too far downfield.  The back will bring the LB to him.  He just needs to make sure he keeps his body between the LB and the LOS.  When the LB starts to attack the LOS or square up, that's when he should actually go in for the block.