I hope I'm not sounding like dumba** when I ask this question. But can anyone please tell if there is a video out there to help coaches like myself with little or no knowledge on zone blocking the basics? Thanks!
Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 22, 2018 14:00:14 GMT
First and foremost, I would say that both methods have upsides and downsides. Year in and year out one may fit your players better than the other will. For myself and the current team I coach for I would say a man blocking scheme fits us extremely well. Now I do believe that different man blocking schemes have different rules and they all work if they are taught and executed correctly. The type of many scheme I have helped coach over the past five years is that of the traditional Delaware wing-t man blocking scheme.
This is a blocking scheme that utilizes leverage over anything else. There really is only one rule that is taught to guards, tackles, and tight ends. This rule is very simple Gap, Down, Backer (GDB). If there is a player in their gap they block down on him, if there there is no player in their gap but their is one on the guy down from him he blocks down on him, if there is nobody in his gap or on the guy down from him then he will block down on the linebacker. 85% of the time in this scheme our players our down blocking. That is where the leverage advantage comes in. On almost every play we have a down, down, and pull-kickout. This man scheme has allowed us to use smaller quicker offensive lineman. Because of how we teach our lineman to use leverage in these techniques it has been very successful. There are other pieces of the puzzle to make this scheme work. Another huge piece is our splits. We all have two foot splits and get a lot of depth off of the center. This allows the entire machine to work. This allows leverage to be gained with our down blocks and kick out blocks. If we tried to muscle up with any team that we played on the offensive line we would not fair to well.
I will also say that we teach some zone blocking principles in our scheme. In all of our 80 series plays we are teaching our backside offensive lineman the basics of an inside zone play going away from them. The front side is still utilizing there man rules. The two seem to work together very well in all of those plays.
The team that we have had success with this is a very undersized team of about 35 players freshman through senior. We do not have a lot of time to work just offensive line. Because of this we tried to teach the most simple scheme that we possibly could. The kids embrace the scheme and know most of the time they will be over matched in size and strength by the defensive line across from them. They have also learned that proper technique and utilizing their speed can allow them to beat bigger stronger opponents and run them down over the course of a long game.
In the end I do not believe either scheme is superior but again both have advantages and disadvantages. If both are coached and executed then they will be successful if you cannot teach your players the scheme regardless of what it is then you will struggle.
Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 25, 2019 13:35:29 GMT
Classic! The zone vs man blocking debate. Here's my take do what you know and what you can teach. If you are a zone guy then you should be running zone. If you're a man blocking power football guy then run that. If you're impartial look at the history of your kids and determine are they big, strong and love the weight room (don't we all wish) then I would run man blocking. Are your o-lineman athletic, fast and undersized then you have to run zone unless you're a man blocking scheme guy then do that.
The point being you need to be you I don't think one is better than the other their just different. You can do great things with both and create advantages for the offense with both. If you don't have big enough guys to step up and run power 75 times a game then you might need to get creative with formations and motions but you can still run man concepts. I look at as you're either an electrician or a plumber do what you know best. I have seen some really efficient offenses run man blocking schemes using empty sets, open sets with motions and shifts. I have seen some zone teams with absolute monsters up front and they have been successful. It's about coaching what you know best.
Personally I am a man blocking guy but my o-line coach is a zone guy so we have developed a bastard of a system that allows us to do both and we have found it to be successful for our kids and what we do but we are teaching it well and getting a bunch of reps everyday. See as many fronts and stunts and whatever else we can think of to throw at them and then if we have trouble with it, rep it.
Teach what you know doesn't matter if its zone or man. State Titles, National Championships, and Super Bowls have been won using both schemes.
DAN ROUSHAR: New Orleans Saints (OL COACH) 2018 COOL CLINIC:
NOTE: There is so much "misinformation" out there on this, & here is a good teaching outline to follow:
OUTSIDE ZONE (POINT OF ATTACK):
1. COVERED WORKING WITH HELP (ZONE):
a. TARGET = the outside edge of the pec to the armpit.
b. EYES TO TARGET (feet will follow)/HAT SPEED!
c. 1st STEP = position - get it down to the angle of the target and gain ground.
d. Our outside shoe just past defender's outside shoe (defender's alignment/width will determines angle).
e. Strive to have knee on an angle just inside ankle. Power producing angle.
f. 2nd STEP = drive backside knee through crotch of the down defender.
g. 3rd STEP = through the defender and up the field.
h. EYES TO TARGET = feet will follow.
I. HAND PLACEMENT = Back Side inside hand through the sternum (drive & lock it, grab cloth); outside had in rib cage.
2. UNCOVERED WORKING TO COMBINATION (ZONE):
a. TARGET = the screws of our hat to the screws of the down defender's hat.
b. 1st STEP = position - get it down and gain ground.
c. Key the near knee of the defender.
d. 2nd STEP = Contact or advance to transition.
e. If contact is made by 2nd. step - block the angle you find him.
f. If you haven't made contact on 2nd step - by the 3rd. step "transition" (if the defender or color is in strike point, snap him and advance to 2nd. level. Emphasize (catution) - snap with near arm, using inside or back side arm can take you too far can make it more difficult to transition to 2nd. level. If you have taken 5 steps, you have gone too far.
g. KEY COACHING POINT = run and block on the angles that reflect the Point of Attack. Do not swing or torque - can shut down what is inside of you.
3. COVERED WORKING WITHOUT HELP (MAN):
a. TARGET = playside #
b. FOOTWORK = same as if we have help.
c. HAND PLACEMENT = Inside back side hand to the short ribs area - work under the defender.
d. KEY COACHING POINTS = (at Point of Attack) lock and control defender with inside/back side arm. At some point when the runner makes his cut, the defender will fall back inside.