Yep, every offensive football coach deals with false start penalties. Every coach tries to deal with it after they notice the problem. Coaches, here’s your issue, it’s too late if it’s already a problem. Sure, you may help the issue. But if your offensive line coach AND the quarterbacks coach didn’t start planning it from day 1, you’re going to have issues.
Why do I say the quarterback’s coach as well? Because the Quarterbacks have to change their cadence on every snap in team as well so the whole offense gets used to it.
I’ve touched on the topic of offensive line coaches understanding defensive run fits in the past. But it is absolutely critical that offensive line coaches spend time with their defensive coordinator in order to understand how defenses defend plays. Then, the coach needs to take this information to the next step and equip their plays to be better prepared for well coached teams. I’ll use a simple example, weakside iso versus a 4-3 over cover 4 front, to show the importance of understanding defensive run fits.
Offensive Line Coaches Understanding Run Fits: “The Play Looks Wide Open Coach!”
Or… “It’ll be there all day!” Then it’s not. We’ve been there…
I believe every football coach needs a resource from year to year that documents their top football practice drills. Not only is it a good way to document what you do, the critical coaching points, and the purpose of the drill, but it also great to have in your back pocket if you ever change coaching jobs.
To help get you started, here is a list of my 3 favorite o-line football practice drills. In addition to this post, I also have another post on everyday football blocking drills. Hopefully they will help get the juices flowing so that way you can start…
These two videos of Wisconsin offensive line drills (well, actually just one) comes from the 2011-2012 spring practice season. Obviously the Wisconsin Badgers’ offensive line was very successful under the tutelage of Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad. Much of that is due to the little things, aka offensive line drills like these. This first video, which I found on Youtube, does a great job showing a very physical offensive line football drill on the one man sled.
Wisconsin Badger Offensive Line Drills: One Man Sled
Wisconsin Badger Offensive Line Drills Technique for One Man Sled
Let me start by saying I typically don’t like the idea of making a general term apply to an offense. Each offense is different. The typcial spread offense that is seen in college and high school football today, by definition, is designed to attack the football field horizontally and vertically by using player leverage and field spacing. That’s basically the one aspect of the spread offense that is applicable for all teams.
So basically, this is my plead for all coaches, calling your offense the spread offense is limiting and lacks seriously detail. You’re creative, tell people that you like to “make defenses defend the width and…