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Offline coachgregory

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Re: What's Difficult About the Pull?
« Reply #60 on: January 29, 2019, 07:38:40 PM »
I know that, but what I want to know is whether Coach Gregory is doing that when he means they trap them.

Correct.

The Pull side TE essentially uses a short trap (influence) technique and aims for the near hip of the center.  His goal is to plant his outside shoulder in the first thing that crosses his face.  Once he makes contact he drives the defender inside and slams his (the pull side te) inside hip to the center.  As long as the PULL TE is getting off the ball and doing it with decent explosiveness he will generate enough angular force to drive anyone that is attempting to fire across the line back and inside to the center.    At first I don't stress about hands or arms....I just want him getting his outside shoulder on the first thing that attempts to cross the line of scrimmage as violently as possible.  This allows our MPP or lesser athlete to easily match up on stud defensive linemen.  And if the dlinemen decides to play games with the PULLTE then the block did its job because he can't play around with our PSTE and penetrate in the backfield before the play is in the hole playside.  With zero splits and the backed offensive line it is an easy block to execute.  Once he gets the get off, aiming point, strike point, and slamming his inside hip to the center we start to focus on hand/arm location.  I have tried teaching the hands/arms initially with it and have found they spend to much time focusing on their upper body and the key is the get off and lower body explosion into the defender.  A couple of good shots and it will slow down an aggressive defender.  Coupled with play side downs, doubles, wedges coming at them it gets them on their heels.   
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Re: What's Difficult About the Pull?
« Reply #61 on: May 13, 2019, 05:38:22 PM »
Now having been around the game a few more years I am of the belief that "pulling" might be the most over thought, over complicated and over coached aspect of the game.