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Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« on: July 22, 2017, 09:35:18 PM »
So I have the good fortune this season of getting to do a LINEMEN's camp every Thursday for our DIV3 team with my youngest son.  We have had four sessions and we are way ahead of schedule now with linemen fundamentals and skills.

One thing I have stressed to our boys is what our offensive linemen's main role is and what our defensive linemen's main role is:

Offensive linemen:  To create time and space.

Defensive linemen:  To deny time and space.


Essentially they oppose each other in every aspect of the game.  The offensive line must create time and space by denying the defense a path to the ball and the backfield.  An effective block leads to time and space by not allowing his defender to get to the ball.  An Effective block leads to time and space by displacing that defender up the field and the further up the field he can displace him the more time and space he creates.  On the other hand, the defensive line must deny time and space by getting behind the offensive line's heels and locating the ball. They must deny time and space by creating separation from the offensive linemen and then quickly locate the ball.  They must deny time and space by taking good pursuit angles to the ball.

We have been drilling this into our boy's heads all throughout these practices.

Jack

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2017, 10:51:45 PM »
Great to see you posting again Jack!

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2017, 09:07:32 AM »
Jack, i've purchased a few books on O line coaching, and while they've been helpful, they by and large have been underwhelming.  many are targeted at higher level(college pro) linemen.

can you recommend or do you personally have anything for youth/high school level?

i'm looking for drills, points of emphasis etc.

we stress balanced stance/first step, second step, low back, head playside/target point, leg drive.

i'm considering teaching latch/holding technique.

so i'm sure there's plenty out there we could benefit from.
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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2017, 10:45:55 AM »
Jack, i've purchased a few books on O line coaching, and while they've been helpful, they by and large have been underwhelming.  many are targeted at higher level(college pro) linemen.

can you recommend or do you personally have anything for youth/high school level?

i'm looking for drills, points of emphasis etc.

we stress balanced stance/first step, second step, low back, head playside/target point, leg drive.

i'm considering teaching latch/holding technique.

so i'm sure there's plenty out there we could benefit from.

I have not come across a great deal of published material from the big publishers that are youth friendly. Like all material there are nuggets in there if you dig but honestly the good stuff is from guys like ICiser, Calande, DC, JJ, and everyone else on the boards. 

I am teaching LEG progression (3 steps), aggressive hand tech (PUNCH the PEC's) and latch.  We stress to the boys we PUSH we don't PULL. 

Our general rules for line:
3 steps to success LOAD-EXPLODE-GO
short quick steps with all cleats in the ground
Keep coiled (load)  (numbers on knees on the first step)
Uncoil on second step (explode)
elbows inside the frame
thumbs up
punch the pecs
lock on to the plate
always push never pull

We do a little drill where the oline is in the GO step and the defender attempts to move away and the olinemen has to push him in the direction he is going.  He wins if he keeps his elbows inside and pushes the defender past the target cone...  We call it PUSH AWAY...helps the boys to understand the concept.

Jack
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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2017, 12:51:47 PM »
I like the push away drill. Good stuff. Be using that if I unretire.

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2017, 06:16:53 PM »
I like the push away drill. Good stuff. Be using that if I unretire.
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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2017, 06:59:43 PM »
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Idk. Honestly, I am not missing it. I get my fb fix here and elsewhere. I dont want to hijack this thread so I'll leave it at that.

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2017, 08:07:48 PM »
Idk. Honestly, I am not missing it. I get my fb fix here and elsewhere. I dont want to hijack this thread so I'll leave it at that.
It is cool man. I understand. You were spoiled as everything else just just doesn't compare, lol.

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2017, 08:56:45 PM »
Idk. Honestly, I am not missing it. I get my fb fix here and elsewhere. I dont want to hijack this thread so I'll leave it at that.

Go right ahead Rob.

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2017, 09:16:01 PM »
Since Rob mentioned it......Consider it Borrowed. 

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2017, 09:52:47 PM »
Where have you been, dude?
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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2017, 10:22:44 PM »
Any video of the push away drill?

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2017, 10:46:49 PM »
Any video of the push away drill?

Dim:


Its Vince Lombardy personified!  Take the Defender where they want to go WITH AUTHORITY!   8)
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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2017, 10:51:58 PM »
Dim:


Its Vince Lombardy personified!  Take the Defender where they want to go WITH AUTHORITY!   8)
I was watching the vids Joe posted today and there is a fantastic example of this on a power play. The 3 tech slants inside hard on a stunt with the backer filling the abandoned gap. The ot and g drive that 3 tech into the other dt. Beautiful.

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2017, 11:15:04 PM »
Where have you been, dude?


Well when I am home it is spent travelling watching my two boys play triple a baseball, coaching basketball twice a year and coaching football with my youngest.  Now my oldest is playing on a travel soccer team as well.

Had to prioritize a bit.   I am home for good bit of time now and no more travel overseas.  Just got back from a family vacation in Cabo fishing and diving.

Jack
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