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Offline mpwcoachsmith

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Dealing with cut blocks
« on: September 16, 2018, 04:09:39 PM »
Any suggestions for instructing DEs to defend a cut block from a back out of the backfield?   Not really specific to DC46....

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Re: Dealing with cut blocks
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2018, 04:18:47 PM »
Any suggestions for instructing DEs to defend a cut block from a back out of the backfield?   Not really specific to DC46....

If its a delayed or "high/low" thats illegal, talk to the ref

Other wise theres a couple drills, basically you shove them into the ground.

https://youtu.be/M6S-2JzkRM8

Ide recommend you add it to the machine gun dril actually
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Re: Dealing with cut blocks
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2018, 04:59:59 PM »
I agree with Z.  Face plant that cut if you know its coming!  Key for us as coaches is to be able to tell them and teach them when its coming. 
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Re: Dealing with cut blocks
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2018, 10:05:04 AM »
Thanks.  I have searched the site and have an idea of machine gun drill but have never run it.   Is it mainly a DE drill for attacking with outside arm free?

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Re: Dealing with cut blocks
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2018, 10:18:59 AM »
Thanks.  I have searched the site and have an idea of machine gun drill but have never run it.   Is it mainly a DE drill for attacking with outside arm free?

Thats the one

Theres 3 blocker, change one of the 3 to be the cut block

Please note you must coach  a safe drill worthy cut block or youll have knee injuries
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Re: Dealing with cut blocks
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2018, 11:08:00 AM »
Yeah, I will use the cut block approach in  the Alabama video..Thanks Zach

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Re: Dealing with cut blocks
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2018, 11:35:47 AM »
Backs cannot block below the waist.  That is illegal per NFHS rules.

A legal cut block must be in the free blocking zone (4 yards on each side of the ball and 3 yards forward and behind the ball).  The person performing a cut block must on the line (offensive backs are not).  The block must happen before the ball leaves the FBZ.

NFHS Rules:

SECTION 17 FREE-BLOCKING ZONE — LEGAL BLOCKING BELOW THE WAIST,
LEGAL CLIPPING, LEGAL BLOCK IN THE BACK
ART. 1 . . . The free-blocking zone is a rectangular area extending laterally 4 yards either side of the spot of the snap and 3
yards behind each line of scrimmage. A player is in the free-blocking zone when any part of his body is in the zone at the
snap.
ART. 2 . . . Blocking below the waist is permitted in the free-blocking zone when the following conditions are met:
a. All players involved in the blocking are on the line of scrimmage and in the zone at the snap.
b. The contact is in the zone.
ART. 3 . . . Clipping is permitted in the free-blocking zone when the following conditions are met:
a. By offensive linemen who are on the line of scrimmage and in the zone at the snap.
b. Against defensive players who are on the line of scrimmage and in the zone at the snap.
c. The contact is in the zone.
ART. 4 . . . Blocking in the back is permitted in the free-blocking zone when the following conditions are met:
a. By offensive linemen who are on the line of scrimmage and in the zone at the snap.
b. Against defensive players who are in the zone at the snap.
c. The contact is in the zone.
ART. 5 . . . The free-blocking zone disintegrates and the exception for a player to block below the waist and/or the
exception for an offensive lineman to clip and/or block in the back is not to continue after the ball has left the zone.