In the past, our HS team has been taught shoulder blocking only. I would like to use hands because it seems like it would be easier to me. It just doesn't seem logical not to use them if the rules allow you to. However, I have never played O-line and my older assistant is against the change. I really need some more knowledge in this area. Any comments would be helpful. CUI
Post by Coach Campbell on Jan 28, 2003 5:46:10 GMT
Coach you will find that the use of hands at most levels becomes an easy transition. Coach I spend much time with this area of the game and offensive line play. Will be glad to help. Start reading the different threads under offensive line play and it will set the foundation I will be glad to help you. Coach CAmpbell
the use of the hands is a major advantage in allowing the OL to bring his hips through. The OL needs to bring both hands back to his hips on the first step with his chest on thigh. On the second step he delivers the blow and by doing so his hips will come through, seperating the DL's lower and upper strength. The second step must get into the ground quickly, followed the third and so on. The first step however must be short replacing the down hand which will insure that the OL will not over stride
Post by Coach Campbell on Feb 10, 2003 11:02:08 GMT
From my experience and haved worked with many of the NFL scouts and line coaches along with many others from around the country You may also want to explore not recoiling the hands to the hips on movement off the ball. Let the hands be in advance of the body, just my opinion. Coach Ram is right on with his explanation of the feet. What will dictate their foot movement will be the type of play called in the huddle or on the LOS. Coach CAmpbell
Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 21, 2018 16:41:06 GMT
I believe that it has everything to do with personnel. But can you constantly change the offensive scheme from year to year? I think this is where the idea of a program is very important. This is why I like the man blocking scheme. From my playing days in high school and then watching what the program had become in the years after, we used a man blocking scheme where at it's peak, produced 3, thousand yard running backs in a single season. This type of success continued for another 5 years. We never left the sweep, trap, counter, or boot. Most of the linemen were "tweeners". They weren't the 6 foot and above crew and they didn't physically dominate you, but they were quick and they were smart. There weren't very many double teams, they were low and explosive. From their freshman year - learning the single wing concepts of seal, scoop, and pull - jobs were simplified and the offense was efficient. They played up tempo and their confidence came from the years of drilling the same scheme over and over. It was very similar to Lombardi's Full house as they sweep over and over and branched out from there. Their JV yea,r they were introduced to the double wing where the opponent could get hit with the same four plays but now there was the weak side sweep and trap. In a matter of 10 years our program had experienced 7 CIF championships and won 4 of them. When the coaching staff left and the scheme changed that same success hasn't been matched.
So just based off observation and seeing it work it's way up through the program, I think that the man blocking scheme is what I prefer. Jobs are easier to teach and with the right mixture of coaching and personnel, it's pretty fun to watch. I'm from San Diego and one team down here that runs it very well throughout their program is a private school called Cathedral Catholic. Every year, except for last, they've done prety well and have put up a lot of points using the man blocking scheme.