Post by Coach Campbell on Mar 22, 2013 10:11:52 GMT
Why Zone and Gap schemes? We choose to run both zone/gap schemes because we think the defense will be in conflict from a gap coverage point of view. We have learned through time that adding gap runs to our offense has created an advantage to our entire scheme. Against some defensive alignments we determined that "prying open" the point of attack using gap schemes gave us running lanes that were tough to generate using zone schemes exclusively. What we discovered was that by having both zone/gap it made the defense unable to "sit and read" our zone schemes by simply collapsing with the offensive line. The gap schemes have allowed our offensive line to aggressively and physically come off the ball and basically catch the defense in conflict. In addition, if the defense focuses on defending our gap schemes our zone schemes then become a huge advantage for our offense.
Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 24, 2019 1:10:40 GMT
American Football is one of the most popular sports throughout the United states and beyond. This sport requires multiple positions on offense, defense, and special teams along with constant repetition of the proper fundamentals and technique expected from those who participate in the game. One of the most important fundamentals that will ensure how successful a team’s offense will be in football is the ability to block. In order to properly block someone, a person must be able to generate force from driving their feet into the ground which should result in movement. Even though this sounds simple, it can be extremely hard to execute if a person’s technique and fundamentals are lacking. The key to movement is making sure you always have your hands placed inside of on the chest with the thumbs pointing towards the sky and the constant movement of the feet. Although this technique is effective for a one on one block, its not the most beneficial way to block multiple defenders.
When it comes to the building of an offense, zone blocking is more beneficial than man blocking. Zone blocking allows the offensive linemen to work together in what is often referred to as a combination block. Typically, a combination block is with two offensive linemen versus one defensive lineman to a linebacker or second level defender. When executed properly, a combination block creates an advantage for the offensive line simply because of the difference in weight in comparison to the one defensive lineman. On the other hand, man blocking creates a disadvantage for the offensive linemen by not allowing them to work together while blocking a defensive lineman who’s probably the more superior athlete of the two. A man blocking scheme is totally reliant on each person winning their one-on-one battle which is highly unlikely. The implementation of the zone blocking scheme will provide favorable match-ups for the offense while being able to become more efficient in the run game.
Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 24, 2019 1:12:34 GMT
In my experiences with football, the zone blocking scheme was better used by smaller teams that had really quick linemen. It is something I believe that was better suited for those type of lines because they weren't that strong at the point of attack. I am used to a downhill type of running style with two backs and the line blocks man on man with a chip here and there. Since moving to Florida I have learned a lot about the zone blocking scheme and our offense actually runs both a zone and man scheme. Especially in today's game where big offensive linemen are more mobile than ever before. We run more zone scheme when we are in our spread formations and more of a man blocking scheme when we are in our traditional formations like pro or I-formation.
Post by Coach Campbell on Jun 24, 2019 1:35:06 GMT
The inside zone has been our base install every season. For everything builds off of the inside zone and we think of it similar to what the dive is to a triple option team. We feel it gives us many advantages in our offense over a man blocking scheme. The offensive linemen that we get in our high school are generally smaller kids that we need to give them the advantage of double teams. It would be tough for us to consistently win 1 on 1 battles vs the d-line. We really stress the mentality of two players can win versus one defender to get that initial push. This has created the physical mentality we want in the offensive line. The rules of the play are easy enough that they can start to play with confidence. We can add a couple “tags” to help change the point of attack and who is getting the ball this creates variety in our offense and allows us to play faster.
As a result of the structure of the play we have been able to incorporate a lot of RPOs to our offense. Since most defenses want to make sure they stop the run and load the box this allows more kids to get involved at the WR/TE positions. Through this play we have set the foundation for most of our offense, we can run the ball inside with the RB, get to the alley with the QB, and the edge with our screen/quick game.