I feel at this point in my season after two games that my o line is still struggling with the zone concept. Particularily getting off the double teams to the LB's. The four hands four eyes technique is what I am teaching but it is not getting done.
Any help would be great.
You don't chase LB's in zone blocking. When they make a commitment to come, then one of the double teamers must come off and take him, BUT NOT UNTIL. If it is an ISZ, they need to drive the defender right back in the LB's laps with power! If a LB is too deep you can't fold him, you can only fold when the folder has time to reach him IMMEDIATELY, to be effective, IMO. I ran a scheme for years we called "slam and slide". A combo block which features both of the two blockers hitting the first level defender(slamming) and then depending upon the position of the LB, one disengages and goes to the second level defender (sliding). Actually very similar to what happens in zone blocking without all the rules to remember of covered, uncovered, etc. But, when you are slamming and sliding, you are aggresively going to the LB, not waiting for him to come to you.
J.C. EASTON<BR>HEAD COACH<BR>GA TIGERS FOOTBALL<BR>PROFESSIONAL MINOR LEAGUE
Tiger 1 is correct! Don't be in a hurry to get to LBer on INSIDE ZONE. On the OUTSIDE ZONE - you would like to "force the switch" sooner.
This is from Milt TGenopir's great book - "THE ASSEMBLY LINE". When Milt was O-Line coach with Nebraska (1990's) they led the nation in rushing just about every year:
MILT TENOPIR – NEBRASKA ZONE BLOCKING
I. INSIDE ZONE BLOCKING (SPLITS 2 FEET OR LESS) :
The concept operates on the principle of our linemen being covered by a defensive lineman or being uncovered.
We are primarily concerned with getting horizontal or vertical movement on the defensive down lineman. The neat thing about this scheme is that our linemen merely need to know if they are covered or uncovered at the snap. We do give them a rule of: “on, playside seam, linebacker”, but a rule isn’t really necessary.
If our linemen have a defensive lineman on them we execute what we call a “stretch base block”. The first two steps by our covered lineman are critical.
If the defender is head up or on the playside shoulder, the first step is a lateral step to the call. We are trying to invite movement with the first step. Some coaches refer to this as a “bucket” step. We don’t want to lose ground on it, so we merely refer to it as a “stretch step”.
The second step is directed toward the middle of the defender’s body cylinder. Caution must be taken so this step doesn’t cross over our first step.
If you cross over, you lose all your driving power. Once the first two steps are taken, you are ready to strike with fists and drive the defender in the direction of his movement. Take him where he wants to go.
The uncovered lineman will also execute a “stretch step”, however, rather than going laterally, we step at the down defender that is covering our playside teammate. By stepping at the defender, we can stop a slant by the defender, enabling our covered teammate to re-direct and help get push on the defender.
The second step by the uncovered offensive lineman is directed at an imaginary point that is directly behind the near foot of the defensive lineman prior to the snap. If the uncovered lineman executes the first two steps properly, his head should be on the up-field side of the defender. If the defender plays straight ahead, a double team should occur between the two offensive linemen.
The linebacker is technically the responsibility of the uncovered lineman, but he must stay with the double team as long as possible until he has to get off on the linebacker. This means until you get to the linebacker or the linebacker comes to you.
The inside-out double team will create creases for the back to run through.
It’s important to stress that both linemen stay on the down defender as long as possible. Because of the rolling action of the running back, the linebackers normally flow to the call, then the uncovered lineman can bounce off late and get the linebacker on the rebound, allowing a cutback by the ball carrier.
The covered and uncovered theory holds true for everyone on the line of scrimmage except for the backside tackle. The backside tackle will execute a stretch double with the backside guard if the guard is covered.
If side by side linemen on the playside are both covered, then the one to the side of the play is on his own, executing a “stretch base block”.
If the playside guard, tackle, or tight end has a down defender lined up on the inside shade, get after him immediately, stepping with the inside foot. We assume he is already in a slant positon so there is no need to stretch him.
RB: Align at a depth of 7 yards. Roll to the inside leg of the playside tackle. Receive the handoff about 4 yards deep. Do not make a decision on whether to stay onside or execute a cutback until you replace the feet of our linemen. Press the point of attack.
II. OUTSIDE ZONE BLOCKING (SPLITS NO MORE THAN 1 FOOT):
Our man objective on the outside zone play is to initially try to get the ball outside. With that in mind, we are trying to force a hook block on all down defenders.
All of our linemen that are covered with a down defender executes what we refer to as a “rip-reach block”.
To execute such a block, we have the covered linemen take a hard lateral stretch step to the call side. We want to out-flank the down defender on that first step.
On the second step, we allow our covered linemen to use a crossover step to the callside.
The next thing we have him do is rip his inside arm through the callside armpit of the defender, similar to the rip that a defensive lineman will sometimes use on a pass rush.
We want our covered lineman to lean on the defender after he rips through the armpit and force his stomach upfield. If he does not do this, then his stomach will be facing the sideline and he loses sight of the linebacker. He will now try to escape for the linebacker.
If the playside guard and tackle are both covered, the tackle would have his defender by himself. He would go through the stretch, crossover step and rip technique, and then lean on his man, not thinking about escaping for the linebacker.
The backside tackle, upon getting to the line of scrimmage, checks if the backside guard is covered. If he is, the tackle will work with the guard even if he is also covered.
The uncovered linemen use a technique that we refer to as “pull and ovetake”. Before we can overtake the down defender to the call, we first must get our helmet past him, then get on him and roll him upfield.
The pull must be a lateral pull. We want to gain depth and distance on our first step on the pull. The one foot split is essential if you are going to get the overtake.
There will be occasions when the covered linemen can’t get un-hooked from the covering defender. If this does happen, the pull and overtaking offensive lineman should keep pulling and at times will have to come all the way around for the linebacker.
As mentioned earlier, the backside tackle works with the guard if the guard is covered. This means he would pull and overtake the man on the guard.
Some teams use in-line stunts to try to disrupt our zone schemes. The secret offensively is technique. If two adjacent offensive linemen are covered and the proper stretch is taken on the first step, it will become natural to pick up slants and loop-arounds.
RB: The RB must get to the point of attack before he makes a decision to stay outside the tight end or skip-cut under his block.
As Oneback has described is the the way we have started to teach this now. We did try to fold this past week but were not very successful for other reasons. We have had a few injuries and now are reverting to a lot of young linemen with little or no experience. We will teach em and get em going though. My starting QB and FB and two o-linemen are out and we play on Thursday due to the Jewish holiday. So I am keeping it real simple for the young guys. Set em loose and let them play.
Friday night we played a 50 team that lined up in a head up nose that slanted, two tackles in 4 techniques(inside eye of tackle) and 2 8 technique de's. How can we work inside zone against those 4 tech. Granted our te's got mauled by those two 8 tech. but just seemed to be a really difficult front.
Slant/Angles defense were what BROUGHT ABOUT ZONE BLOCKING! I.E. Zone blocking was the ANSWER vs Slant/Angle defenses.
The two men zoning the LBer & DLM (4 technique in this case) do the following:
INSIDE ZONE BLOCKING (“40/50 GUT”)
NOTE: Uncovered man responsible for inside half of down lineman and covered lineman responsible for outside half of down lineman.
UNCOVERED MAN: Take a lead step and catch up with your covered teammate as you READ the near knee of the down lineman on him. As you work through your playside gap – if the near knee comes towards you block his inside number & fit him up sliding in the direction he is going (eyeball Lber in case he comes inside); if near knee doesn’t come towards you work up on Lber. 3 situations can occur (see COVERED MAN).
COVERED MAN: Take a lead step with your outside foot eyeballing outside number of down lineman on you – second step with inside foot thru crotch of opponent. You must think man block and only go to Lber when wiped off by uncovered teammate. 3 situations usually occur: 1) Down lineman is in an outside shade & stretches – you stay on him and uncovered teammate works up on Lber. 2) Down lineman is head up & anchors on you – use double team technique driving him into Lber & stay on him until wiped off by uncovered teammate then work straight up on Lber. 3) Down lineman head up or inside shade & slants inside – force him to flatten his slant & stay on him until wiped off by uncovered teammate then work straight up on Lber.
NOTE: OUTSIDE ZONE BLOCKING (“60/70 OUTSIDE”): Only difference is that it is a wider reach (almost a pull) – uncovered blocker “piggybacks” covered blocker, & covered blocker reaches almost to outside armpit of DLM of DLM. Uncovered blocker will stay on a down lineman head up on covered teammate, and covered teammate comes off on Lber – “forcing the switch”.
Get your line as far off the ball as legal, & DO NOT split anyone over 18"!!!!!!!!!!!!! This does TWO THINGS: It prevents defenders from splitting our combination schemes, as well as giving our linemen more time to adjust to stunting defensive fronts!
That is it! Rep the "H---" out of it.
Should you need further help - PHONE me at 804-740-4479 today (before 10 PM/EDT), as I will not be checking this board until tomorrow!
PS: Teach this thru the "whole-part-whole" method. the base scheme is learned, then followed by individual & group drills. Lastly, the play(s) are run as an offensive unit. This style of teaching allows for total understanding.
Post by Coach Campbell on Dec 22, 2018 17:52:14 GMT
This is a very interesting topic to write about because I feel like our answers define our age; older coaches that I have worked with tend to still incorporate concepts of the “flipper” blocking style whereas younger coaches cannot fathom using anything but their hands. I actually believe that there is a need for both styles (with modifications) in today’s modern football world.
Man on Man: Big on Big (BoB)
I think that every offensive lineman needs to understand how to block in a man-on-man situation; it is the hardest to master and yet it is the basis for any successful football program. In essence, the linemen need to be able to move their opponent.
There are many techniques that are vital to the success of a man-on-man blocking but, as it applies to this discussion, none are as important as hand placement. I encourage my linemen to use what I call the “Tripod of Power”; this is where contact is made by the forehead (opponent’s chest) and hands (grabbing the interior opponent’s pads, thumbs up) at the same time. I emphasize the idea that the linemen are not strong enough to handle the full force of a defensive lineman with their hands alone. They must use their body (individual weight, legs, and feet) to help them handle the force coming at them.
This technique is wonderful at getting movement but is limited by the fact it requires the head to stay on the opponent's chest until the movement has been established. Once the opponent is driven back, the linemen’s arms are to be extended in order to control, and see the needed direction.
This style of blocking is used for plays that typically are straightforward in nature; dive, power, trap, play-action passing.
This technique requires great hand placement, fabulous footwork, and communication among the linemen. I use zone blocking when it comes to plays that are lateral; sweep, stretch, roll out, and certain pass protections. I think this style of blocking is very useful in the fact that the players head is already up and it is easier to see what is going on around them.
I find the challenge with this type of blocking is that it is harder to get the proper angle to drive block. If my team need “tough yards” I would not call a play that required zone blocking.
I actually think both techniques are of value and should be used frequently; especially as it applies to “front side” blocking and “backside” blocking. The “front side” blocking is typically more of the man-on-man concept whereas the “backside” blocking is more of the zone concept.
An example of this comes when we run a power play to the right. Our focus is to get movement by our linemen on the right side in order to create space for the running back. This movement requires a direct push from our center, right guard and tackle; this can be most effective by using the man-on-man technique. On the “backside” of the play we are concerned with getting to the linebackers and so we use the Zone blocking technique; we are trying to cut off the defensive tackle and backside linebacker. We don’t care who gets what as long as they are both accounted for.
I have to acknowledge that I am totally biased towards an offense that is run oriented. My whole playing, and coaching, career is based upon running the ball to control the clock and set up for the passing game. In today’s modern football, many would argue that the same “push” can be accomplished in a zone blocking technique as with a “man-to-man” technique. While we could debate the finer points of this discussion for years, ultimately what matters is that a coach develops a philosophy that works for them and stays true to it, regardless of what others say or think.