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Offline Rockets11

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Improving second level blocking
« on: April 08, 2018, 02:55:30 AM »
I would like to know, do what others do to improve second level/ downfield blocking from their linemen?

I'm specifically interested in coaching points such as where their eyes should be,  do you teach them to breakdown etc, although drills are fine too. 

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Re: Improving second level blocking
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2018, 11:09:16 AM »
I teach second level blocking the same as open field tackle drills...only difference is the finish

Also Michaels slow oklahoma is great also, just set up the defender in a lb position off the ball.

Basics are

-Keep "eyes up the nose"
-Hand ready to strike and lock in
-Get in the chest plate so youre arms are still bent
-Runnem where ever he wants to go
-Finish locked on,in, or with him on the ground
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Re: Improving second level blocking
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2018, 12:00:11 PM »
I think keeping your hands on him once you get your hands on him is big.

It's hard enough to make contact once, but kids always seem to want to do it a lot more than once.  Eventually they miss and lunge and then it's over.
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Re: Improving second level blocking
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 12:19:26 PM »
Can someone give me examples of open field blocking where there's even opportunity, let alone need, to keep hands on?  The only situation I can imagine like that is WR on CB.  Everything else, the hit is so violent & the play situation so transient w.r.t. the runner, that I can't see it.

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Re: Improving second level blocking
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2018, 09:53:11 PM »
Part of the key is to not have them flying to the second level in the first place.  Let the RB bring the LB to you.  The last thing you want is a kid just taking off and chasing a LB.

If you're wrapping, on Power or Counter or any similar play, identify the first LB past the C presnap and track him through your pull.  I like to teach a skip pull for a wrapping OL (but not one who's kicking out).

If it's a zone or base blocking scheme, or a combo block on Power, and you're working up to LB, it's just that... WORK UP TO him.  Press with your off hand on a DL who's head up or shaded the other way while keeping eyes in your gap and that other arm free.  Drive vertical.  Ideally you'll block the LB within 2 yards of the LOS as the back presses the hole.

On a veer scheme, where the OL is going straight to LB, you need to take the proper release off the LOS (that's a whole post in itself) and then get vertical with your eyes inside.  Go up for 2-3 steps under control, then turn in and pin the LB.

If you're scooping on the backside and need to get a LB, you open flat and work through your gap, eventually getting to the second level at a steep angle (aiming through the presnap hip of a NT gives you a decent idea of how sharp to go).  Again, let the LB come to you instead of flying out there at him and whiffing in the open field.

When contact is made, you need to come in low.  I like to fit with the shoulder or flipper for a better hitting surface.  Whichever shoulder you're hitting with, that foot should be in front for power.  Then sink your hips as you make contact with eyes under his eyes, pads under his pads, hands under his hands, and hips under his hips.  Run your feet through the block and uncoil your hips on contact to explode into the block.
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Re: Improving second level blocking
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2018, 11:08:29 AM »
I teach second level blocking the same as open field tackle drills...only difference is the finish

Yes, this ^

Take your Linebacker drills and incorporate them to your linemen.  Only difference is: Linebackers hit, wrap, drive and take down.  Linemen simply hit and drive.

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Re: Improving second level blocking
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2018, 12:17:44 PM »
If you look at these blast play's you will see how the rb's set the blocks up for FB AND H .  This also shows how its more 1st guy that shows on your track than picking a guy. We also have drills that reinforce this every offensive day.  The Good the bad the ugly.....



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Re: Improving second level blocking
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2018, 01:38:52 PM »
Awesome. Thanks to everyone for the great responses.

It's interesting because I've never really seen the similarities before between second level blocking and playing linebacker. I'll try to take that approach in the future


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Re: Improving second level blocking
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2018, 02:06:09 AM »
The same concept as Zach and CoachDP...the words we used were "Step on Toes"...it allowed us to cover up the second level and let our back set up the block.

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Re: Improving second level blocking
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2018, 04:26:40 PM »
Whichever shoulder you're hitting with, that foot should be in front for power.  Then sink your hips as you make contact
???  I teach the exact opposite body mechanics for a moving block.

I want the hips low before contact, extending with contact, and the foot moving forward on the same side as the shoulder hits.  In other words, force coming from the opposite foot on the ground, with some rotation of the hips into the contact during the contact, not before.

If I wanted a "resistance" type block, then I'd want both feet down and more or less even with each other.  But in the open field you can't count on getting the advantage of both feet down, you want the advantage of running thru the opponent.