What I am wanting to know about is sort of a difference I personally picked out in the overall general zone blokcing scheme.
When I was first studying the zone, alot of coaches defined zone purley based off of the conecept of double teams (and then obviously reading the linebacker).However, I know this isn't always the case.
The difference I picked out is that, on some zone play diagrams I've seen, not a man on the O-Line double teams, but they all execute scoop blocks (basically get out in front and to the side of their target guy).OR, half scoop and half man up.
So, the way I taught it to myself was that the basic concept of zone is double teams to the linebacker, but it can also be scoop/reach blocks by each linemen out to their target man.
Is my idea that zone blocking constitutes blocking both of those ways correct? I've heard every coach and their brother say the playside always involves 2 double teams to the play side, but don't always see it, is there a reason? And, when is the "scooping block" used compard to the base double team to the LB's?
I am not asking really for the basics of the zone concept, I've studied it quite a bit.I just want to know why there is 2 different ideas to the zone.Any input would be helpful, thanks.
The BEST zone coaches (Alex Gibbs, Joe Bugel, Joe Pendry/Alabama, Milt Tenopir, ETC.) still GOT double teams if the DLM didn't stretch quickly on the "covered" blocker.
ORIGINAL THINKING ON ZONE PLAYS::
1. INSIDE ZONE (AKA: "TIGHT ZONE") is designed to DRIVE THE DLM OFF THE BALL INO THE LAPS OF THE LBers ("move level 1 back to level 2"). It is more of a "cram the B gap, or cut back" play. IZ better vs. defenses that play a little soft - striking a blow & pursuing laterally. Using tighter POWER ZONE BLOCKING PRINCIPLES (seeking vertical double teams) — it is important that we get movement off the LOS by the O-Line, so the RB can run off the first DLM outside the Center, finding the creases, and coming downhill towards the B gap to run to daylight. NOTE: We love it vs "Okie", & "Under" fronts, with a bubble over the ON G. The RB has a chance to cram the B gap, or cut back. It's tough as crap for most G's to block a 3 on IZ (forcing the RB to stop his feet & change directions), AND, that is why MOST prefer the play towards the lowest # DT technique!!!
2. OUTSIDE ZONE (AKA: "WIDE ZONE") is designed to STRETCH THE DEFENSE. It is more of a "cram the C gap, or take it wide" play. OZ better vs. defenses that charge straight ahead & try to overpower the O-Line. The O-Line uses wider FULL ZONE PRINCIPLES to create movement up front, seeking double teams, but will come off a little quicker in going to the LBers. The path of the RB to the butt of the TE will initially stretch the defense to the outside while the RB option runs off the block on the DE. NOTE: We love it vs. "Over" & "Even" fronts, with bubble over ON T. The RB has the straight shot to cut UP (NOT back) at the C gap if the DE contains, and if the DE comes inside - the RB has a chance to "circle the defense".
PS: When Milt Tenopir was at Nebraska - they led the nation in rushing just about every year. Here is how he taught INSIDE (AKA: TIGHT) ZONE blocking:
MILT TENOPIR: INSIDE ZONE BLOCKING:
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.
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. 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 (later changed to outside leg of playside guard). 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
NOTE: I would be glad to talk with you about this if you care to PHONE me at: 804-740-4479 (between 11 AM & 7 PM/Eastern).
One of the BIGGEST misconceptions about ZONE plays is that the entire O-Line zone blocks. You only ZONE from the "BUBBLE" to the next man out towards the callside. APPLY the "Uncovered/'covered" rule: If you are uncovered - zone with teammate towards call. If you are covered - zone with teammate away from the call. If you are BOTH covered - MAN block!
1. NO BUBBLE - NOBODY ZONE BLOCKS. They all "MAN" with a "DRIVE" block (on IZ), or a "REACH" block (on OZ):
4. THREE BUBBLES - YOU HAVE THREE ZONE COMBINATIONS (EXAMPLE: ZONE PLAY RT.) - the uncovered LT zones with the LG, the Center zones with the RG, & the RT zones with the RE. The remaining OLM "MAN" blocks.
1. DRIVE: A) Lead step with near foot. B) Aim hat down the middle (if alone), or outside # (inside zone). C) Fists under short ribs. D) Get the second step down for power (don't cross over). E) Climb, drive, and sustain.
2. REACH: A) Lead step with near foot. B) Aim hat thru outside # (if alone), or outside arm pit (outside zone). C) Engage and square up. D) Sustain.
3. GAP: A) Step with inside foot at a 45 degree angle. B) Aim hat at near hip and adjust to the man's charge. C) Gain ground — do not pivot. D) Get second step down.
4. CUT-OFF (on backside): A) Lead step with near foot. B) Reach your hat to inside # of the defender over you. C) Do not let the defender cross your face. D) Sustain
Hope this helps; Coach Bill Mountjoy 804-740-4479 firstname.lastname@example.org
Post by Coach Campbell on Mar 20, 2020 17:55:51 GMT
Traditionally, we have been a Wing-T/I-Pro team with man blocking concepts. We have been fortunate over the years to have smart kids on the O-Line who are assignment type kids and have had success with man concepts. Because they are smart, they have been able to communicate and adjust with changes in fronts in-game, and swap assignments when necessary.
Having said that, we have added zone concepts in the last few seasons. We have added some inside and outside zone read stuff. Also, we have kind of morphed some of our double team/chip to the next level Wing-T blocking into zone technique, if that makes sense to you. The technique is similar so it makes it an easier learning curve for our kids.
While I do not see us becoming a full-time zone blocking team, I do recognize the value in the zone concepts and want to have it available as an option when we want/need to use it. I see us using it some years more than other years. If we have a quarterback who can run, the zone read comes into play more for me. Also, if I do not have a true fullback to run out of the I-formation with, I may incorporate more zone.
I do not want to be married to one or the other, as I want to have some ability to change schemes when necessary.