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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2017, 12:57:43 AM »

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.

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2017, 04:21:16 PM »
Any video of the push away drill?

Sorry I don't.  I started doing it last season and never took any film.  Might try and snag some off my phone this week if we get to work on it.

Here is a quick diagram:

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The Blocker sets up in his third step (GO STEP) and is locked on to the chest plate.  On coaches signal, the Defender moves either left or right attempting to get to the cone.  This is important we use a visual signal so that the blocker can't see it or hear it.  THis gives the advantage to the defender as we want him to get by.  The Blocker must immediately GO step and drive the defender back but if the defender gets by (and he will with the queue advantage) the blocker must immediately begin pushing him towards and past the cone.  If the defender reaches the cone and anchors the defender wins (stimulates him getting to the ball and making a play) but if the blocker drives him completely past the cone in one movement the blocker wins. 

It is a competitive drill but it teaches the blockers to not pull but push no matter what the defender does. 

Keys to win:
1) Elbows inside (elbows on rib cage - gives you more power as your body is behind your hands)
2) Palms on plate/thumbs  (lock in and squeeze the plate - if you lose the plate simply keep pushing with both hands and thumbs on the nearest surface)
3) Wide base (a wide base give you power and control)
4) Push him/Drive him past the cone as far and as fast as you can

At first when we start teaching this we stress 4) but as we get better we start to stress all of them 1), 2) and 3).

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen -
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2017, 04:59:09 PM »
Here is what we are doing every Thursday for 1.5 hours with the linemen:

WARM UPS

LADDER BEAR CRAWLS (we have three to four normal speed ladders)

Forward bear crawl and back
Sideway bear crawl and back
Backwards bear crawl and forward going back

We do each three times.

The start behind the first rung using our cadence and stance.
1) READY - ready positon
2) DOWN - into 3 point stance (correct if really flawed)
3) GO - explode into bear crawl

Must keep feet wide and outside of rungs.
Must keep butt down and stomp with hands and feet. 

This warms up the shoulders, hips, arms and legs and works the core.  Stomping is must for GFR - improves strength.

Explosive Punch Drill

4 shields or 4 dummies with coach/parent holding them arms length away.

players are on knees/tops of feet flat on ground
use arms only to work on explosive punch and lock

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-----------------B-----B----B-----B
READY - arms at side thumbs up palms facing shield
GO - arms explode up into the shield (palms to plate and squeeze stop before you fully extend - 60 degree/slight bend in arms)

We want to hear a pop on the shield and see the shield move backwards.  We want to see the hands wrap around the edge of the shield and be squeezed as the blocker finishes. 

This works on the PUNCH phase of the explode.  Kids need work on this if you expect them to do it right.

OFFENSIVE STANCE

READY position - get 5 to 10 reps and have them hold the ready position for 2 to 5 second each time
DOWN position - get 5 to 10 reps (correct flaws) in 3 point stance.  (we use a balanced 3 point stance (like Murph)) hold position for 2 to 5 seconds each time.

LEG Progression

1) LOAD - get 5 to 10 reps (we only work one foot each day) (stay coiled/number on knee - power step/wide base)
2) LOAD - EXPLODE - get 5 to 10 reps (on a shield - stressing the punch and uncoiling/driving hips and feet to defender - power step/wide base)
3) LOAD - EXPLODE - GO - get 5 to 10 reps (on a shield - violent 3 steps using above fundamentals)

5 YARD DRIVE BLOCK
Work on DRIVE BLOCK with LEFT or RIGHT foot (5 to 10 reps)  having 3 to 4 shields.

5 YARD DOWN BLOCK
Work on down block fundamentals - shield holder offsets to the left or right (Again we only work one side that day and move the next side on the next get together)
5 to 10 reps

5 YARD REACH BLOCK
work on reach block fundamentals - same offset
5 to 10 reps

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CUT OFF DRILL (LB)
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---------------------------Sheild
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On this we teach the cut off technique.  The blocker aligns with a LB three to four yards back (parent/coach with shield). 
The back of the shield simulates the near hip of the near defensive linemen on the LOS. 

1) READY the OL gets into a ready position
2) DOWN OL gets into a down position (3pt stance)
3) GO the OL fires off through the near hip of the DL (Shield) to create the proper cut off angle to the LB. As he works through hip his eyes lock on to the LB
4) as he gains depth he immedaitely turns and explodes into the LB and executes the LEG.

What we stress is a good angle to the direction the LB is moving, locking eyes on, and exploding into the block.  The key is to cut off the LB from making a play to the offt tackle/sweep/play side.

When they get good at making the block we having the LB move towards the playside so the Blocker gets used to taking an aggresive angle to the LB for the cut off.

BONUS - once they get good at it we add a third level defender (SAFETY) 5 yards back and further backside  and as the BLOCKER makes contact with the LB a RUNNER is behind him and he must get off that block and to the third level block as the runner passes him.  THis works on blockers getting vertical up the field and finishing the play.  Blockers love this part of the drill and if you use a real RB he will learn to cut off that third level block.

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We add in CROSS BLOCK DRILL as we are going.  again 5 to 10 reps with a inside blocker and outside blocker.  Develops basic quick trap footwork and works on down block.  outside blocker down blocks and inside blocker pulls and quick traps.  The inside blocker on next rep moves to outside blocker. Use two shields with coach/parent.

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DUMMY WORK ( we have heavy dummies 60lb dummies) - 10 yards but with big boys you can go 15 or 20 yards

1)all of these the blocker must use a wide base and keep hands in proper position and head and shoulders behind the dummy.
2) Use REAY-DOWN-GO and work on stances again

1) Dummy push - dummy is length wise  - on GO they must push the dummy to the end, get behind the dummy and push it back
2) Dummy roll - dummy is width wise - on GO they strike the dummy with one hand and alternate striking rolling the dummy to the end and back.  Key is Thumbs up/elbows inside/strike the dummy.
3) Dummy flip - dummy is length wise - on GO they must flip the dummy and run their feet (LEG) and violently flip the dummy. Don't let them just pick it up and flip it...there and back
4) Dummy Bear Hug - dummy is length wide - on GO they must pick the dummy at lowest point and bear hug it and sprint to the end and back (works core).

At first we just do one cycle but we slowly at another one full cycle + 1, full cycle +1 & 2 and so one. Until we get to 3 full cycles.  This is hard and the boys love-hate it.

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Defensive Line work

---------------------D--D---D--D
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A coach is holding  a football or I use a baseball hit stick to simulate a football. 
They must get into a good 3 point defensive line stance (staggered stance with butt slightly up - more aggressive forward lean)

1) On movement they must get off explosively with nose, off hand and back foot getting across the line and very little rise.  We work for three yards turn around on the new LOS and get ready to GO. 
2) Coach turns yells down and on movement we repeat.
3) Work 4 to 5 reps take a short break (30 seconds) and repeat.   Do this three to four times to work on GET OFF

SPEED RIP TECH

Same set up but now a coach/parent with shield is in front of the defender.  On movment he must execute a speed rip and work to depth. same set up as above.

BULL RUSH TECH

Work on strike, replace heels of OL, locate the ball (coach will be three yards back and simulate a runner), shed and explode to ball.

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TIRE WAR

DUMMY BATTLE

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GO Home.

Jack


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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2017, 11:02:14 PM »
Great stuff Jack. Glad to have you back. PM coming.

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2017, 10:23:57 AM »
Worked on Reach block a lot tonight

Big thing we focus on is teaching them the footwork and contact on the first step so to seal the defender inside.  The footwork is SLIDE STEP with outside foot, DRIVE STEP to split the crouch, and the SEAL step.  On the SLIDE step the blocker must punch hard and get his hands on the defender.  His second step he has to power step into the crouch of the defender.  The final step is the SEAL he has to whip his hips towards the boundary as he drives the defender inside or up the field.

Right now we are working on a head defender that is taking one step up the field.  The next phase will be an outside shade defender and finally an outside defender sliding outside... 

Our goal is to get the defender sealed inside by no more than six steps.  We want 3 steps and sealed but 6 at the most.

We also did a lot of dummy war.

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---------------B--DDDDD--B---

Simple game and great for non-contact conditioning days.

Two blockers line up on a dummy that is length wise and in the middle of the dummy is a marker (cone) lying on the ground.

On READY they get into a ready position
On DOWN they get into their stance (again working on stance reps)
On GO they must fire off with THUMBS UP/ELBOWS INSIDE/SHOULDERS_HEAD behind the bag / wide base

Whoever can get their end of the bag past the cone wins.
THere will be a lot of stalemates until one starts planting and moving cleats. 
Most of these take one or two minutes as both will anchor down so be ready to only get one or two reps for each boy.

If the dummy turns or rolls that doesn't count as win...it must be driven straight across.  The first person to turn it or roll it loses.

This is all about exploding off the line and using your feet in a wide base and moving the other blocker back.

Tough competition drill but it teaches the boys how to dig out a defender with their base and body.  Works the heck out of their core as well.

Jack

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2017, 10:38:07 AM »
Worked on Reach block a lot tonight

Big thing we focus on is teaching them the footwork and contact on the first step so to seal the defender inside.  The footwork is SLIDE STEP with outside foot, DRIVE STEP to split the crouch, and the SEAL step.  On the SLIDE step the blocker must punch hard and get his hands on the defender.  His second step he has to power step into the crouch of the defender.  The final step is the SEAL he has to whip his hips towards the boundary as he drives the defender inside or up the field.

Right now we are working on a head defender that is taking one step up the field.  The next phase will be an outside shade defender and finally an outside defender sliding outside... 

Our goal is to get the defender sealed inside by no more than six steps.  We want 3 steps and sealed but 6 at the most.

We also did a lot of dummy war.

----------------------^
---------------B--DDDDD--B---

Simple game and great for non-contact conditioning days.

Two blockers line up on a dummy that is length wise and in the middle of the dummy is a marker (cone) lying on the ground.

On READY they get into a ready position
On DOWN they get into their stance (again working on stance reps)
On GO they must fire off with THUMBS UP/ELBOWS INSIDE/SHOULDERS_HEAD behind the bag / wide base

Whoever can get their end of the bag past the cone wins.
THere will be a lot of stalemates until one starts planting and moving cleats. 
Most of these take one or two minutes as both will anchor down so be ready to only get one or two reps for each boy.

If the dummy turns or rolls that doesn't count as win...it must be driven straight across.  The first person to turn it or roll it loses.

This is all about exploding off the line and using your feet in a wide base and moving the other blocker back.

Tough competition drill but it teaches the boys how to dig out a defender with their base and body.  Works the heck out of their core as well.

Jack

I like this drill Jack.  Consider it stolen.  :D

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2017, 11:02:10 AM »
On the drill is the dummy on the ground?

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2017, 11:04:23 AM »
Good stuff Jack. Thanks for sharing.

Glad to see you posting again.  :)
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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #23 on: July 28, 2017, 12:37:02 PM »
On the drill is the dummy on the ground?

Yes it is on the ground.

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2017, 12:38:38 PM »
Yes it is on the ground.

Jack
So are they picking up the bag and trying to turn their end past the cone? Just trying to visualize it because I think this drill will be great for my boys.

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2017, 01:18:06 PM »
So are they picking up the bag and trying to turn their end past the cone? Just trying to visualize it because I think this drill will be great for my boys.

It appears to me that the bag is on the ground between the two players.  The goal is to push the bag straight along that line against the other player so that the other player goes backward.  Think of it as the opposite of a tug of war and instead of rope, you have a dummy that is the item you are battling with. 

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #26 on: July 28, 2017, 01:38:01 PM »
It appears to me that the bag is on the ground between the two players.  The goal is to push the bag straight along that line against the other player so that the other player goes backward.  Think of it as the opposite of a tug of war and instead of rope, you have a dummy that is the item you are battling with.
That makes sense but I am not sure a blocking bag would be strong enough to hold up to that type of stress. And do they charge out of their stance and pick up the bag and then push it?

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #27 on: July 28, 2017, 01:43:34 PM »
That makes sense but I am not sure a blocking bag would be strong enough to hold up to that type of stress. And do they charge out of their stance and pick up the bag and then push it?

Unless I am missing something, the point of the bag being on the ground is that they will stay low.  As such, they would not be picking it up, but working on keeping low and pushing it along the ground.  At least that was the way that I read it.

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #28 on: July 28, 2017, 01:44:41 PM »
Unless I am missing something, the point of the bag being on the ground is that they will stay low.  As such, they would not be picking it up, but working on keeping low and pushing it along the ground.  At least that was the way that I read it.
Ok now it is starting to make even more sense now, lol.

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Re: Offensive and Defensive Linemen
« Reply #29 on: July 28, 2017, 02:28:26 PM »
Ok now it is starting to make even more sense now, lol.

You are making it too complicated :)

Drive out of stance and drive block the bag until your end passes the cone. 
If you turn it, you roll it, you lose form, or the other end passes the cone you lose.

The bag stays on the ground to keep them low.

It's all about low man with wide base and power steps wins.

Dummies will be fine...if they start crying use another dummy :)

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