Offensive Line Combo Drills Video

Pretty nice video of some offensive line combo drills under the chutes from the Rogers Athletic Company on the Glazier Clinics football drills pages.

By the way coach, here are some football drills for other positions.

Offensive Line Combo Drill Possibilities

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Two possible reactions of the combo drill

My additional coaching points for this offensive line combo drills video

#75 should work to keep his shoulders a bit more square. He also get’s over extended, which is common under the chutes. He needs to bend at the knees and not at the waist.

#65 needs to get his feet in the ground quicker. Part of the problem for many teams running a zone or stretch play is the amount of time it takes linemen to get moving. That’s a coaching problem. We go slow to teach the steps, but don’t teach it full speed. A way to alleviate this is to simply show the kids how fast it should be, then show them how slow they are, highlighting the feet specifically and the footwork.

For the defensive linemen on the combo drills, I’d say he needs to hold the pad a bit tighter. Never forget to coach the defensive players on your blocking drills!

We don’t get a good look at the hand placement. However, this is a great video regardless. More coaches should use the chutes for offensive line combo drills, including myself.

Another thing worth noting is the “Packer Shield”. I love the fact that the shield has tight hand placements available.

A big beef I have with working with pads normally is it forces the offensive lineman’s hands to go wide. They go to the edges of the pad.

With this shield the offensive linemen have the opportunity to get inside hand placement, with thumbs up, without ruining the integrity of the drill.

Overall, on offensive line combo drills, it’s important to look for a few things. First the footwork. Second the eyes of the linemen (which we can’t see). Also on offensive line combo drills, we need to look at hand placements and finally if we chase defenders and turn our shoulders.

3 Offensive Line Tips for Full Slide Protection

More and more teams are using a lot more gap or full slide protections from football teams. I found a pretty good video over at eFootballFlix.com on Gap and Full Slide Protection by Pat Perles, formerly of North Dakota State. This blog post will give you a free clip of that video, brought to you by eFootballFlix, and it will give you 3 tips I grabbed that I thought would be helpful. But first, let’s discuss what full slide protection is.

Basics of Full Slide Protection

Full slide protection has the offensive line go all in one direction. The tight end, when on the line of scrimmage, may be involved in the same slide direction.

Full Slide Protection to the Right

Back Goes Left, Line Full Slides Right


A movement player, like an H back or a runningback, slides to the opposite direction of the line.

So if the runningback goes left, the offensive line goes right.
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Zone Coverages of the 50 Defense

I grew up playing against a true 50 defense in middle school and high school. Our defensive coordinator called it a 3-4, but he was bringing both OLB’s the majority of the time. We played a lot of zone defense. The defensive linemen two – gapped on a large percentage of our snaps. Now, this was before the invention of the spread, but there are good high school football teams that run a 50 defense and are successful against the spread.

This post will discuss how to use the 50 defense successfully with regards to zone coverage. Continue reading

Adding Unbalanced Formations to Your Offense

One of least utilized tools in the Offensive Coordinator’s toolbox has to be the use of the unbalanced offensive formations.

What I mean by unbalanced formations is either covering up an eligible receiver by other receivers to create an overload, or switching an offensive lineman and a receiver such as a TE to create dilemma between defending the passing or running strength.

Many option offenses often use different types of unbalanced formations, but not many Zone or Gap teams utilize these looks. The purpose of this article will be to present unbalanced formation concepts to these types of offenses to use against defenses when a schematic advantage might be needed versus a superior opponent. Continue reading

Hear What Coaches are Saying about When the Game Stands Tall

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Bobby Bowden said, “When the Game Stands Tall has the best football action I have ever seen in a movie … Coaches, players, parents and fans are all going to stand up and cheer for this powerful program.”

Tony Dungy reiterated those sentiments, “Watching When the Game Stands Tall really brings to light that while winning is our job as coaches, it’s not the most important thing. You see real-life situations in this movie: young men having to overcome problems on the field and off the field.”


You can also view the trailer on YouTube directly.

Get group tickets by checking out their site and see the film as a team. Watching it together will allow you to discuss the principles of team, family, and winning in the right perspective.

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Michigan State 4-3 Over Defense by Rob Lee

Here’s some football clips, sponsored by eFootballFlix, on the Michigan State 4-3
over front defense.

The full-length video on the eFootballFlix site is about an hour and a half in length, and it’s one of those where a lot of it is really good stuff.

michigan state 4-3 defense versus power o

Watch the clips to see how Michigan State’s 4-3 Defense is successful versus Power, like we see here.

You can get the full length video and stream it on-demand by signing up for eFootballFlix (they’ve got about 1,000 other video’s as well). Regardless, here’s some free clips below that show some of the nuggets in that video! Continue reading

Why You Can Run Cover 3 vs. 4 Verticals

As I was watching the Seahawks play the Broncos in the Super Bowl this year, I kept having a single thought creep into my head: The Seahawks are playing a TON of cover 3!! Now, I follow the Seahawks closely enough to know that they run a lot of cover 3 and use cover 1 and their change – up.

Mike Chan (writer for Field Gulls) does a great job detailing how the Seahawks play cover 3. The beauty of cover 3 is that the offense will rarely hit the big play and you can play 8 men in the box versus the run.

cover 3 vs 4 verticals

Basic 2×2 Versus Our Cover 3

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