Technique Tuesday – Offensive Line Drive Block Footwork

September 8th, 2015

The heart and soul of any good football team is its offensive line. There’s no position in football that requires more technique and discipline.

  • With your outside foot back, the first step out of your stance is a short step with your outside foot. To gain ground on your defender and to get your momentum moving toward the defender, take a six inch gain step.
  • Having no wasted movement is a difference maker. Do not take a gather step with your inside foot.
  • Do not overstride the first “gain” step. Over-striding will cause you to stand up and lose your leverage.
  • Maintain good blocking position throughout drive progression: head up (“see what you hit”); wide base; low profile; back straight; shoulders square; feet apart.
  • As you take your first step, do not wind up with your hands. Shoot them forward immediately, straight to the defender. Through the progression, your hands will make contact around the second step.
  • Take your second step with your inside foot, another six inches. Short, rapid steps forward.
  • Make contact with your palms into the chest plate of the defensive lineman. Strike with force.
  • Continue driving with your feet on contact, never ceasing forward movement.
  • Drive forward with both arms and hands.
  • Keep your elbows close to your ribs, to get maximum leverage and force.
  • Push your hips slightly forward and upward the instant your hands make contact.
  • Keep your legs under you and drive the defensive lineman back with short, choppy steps.

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