Jim McNally - Offensive Line Run Blocking
2009 Charlotte Glazier Clinic Notes
- STANCE: Knock-kneed is better than knees out. Weight should be on the inside part of the toe & heel.
Use the outside elbow to squeeze the knee in. The deeper your stagger, the easier it is to go
to that side. If you are parallel in the stance, you can go either way - but not very well either way.
- SPLITS: Guards adjust the splits, get close to whoever he is going to work with. If there's
a man in the gap, there is no gap. The defense knows that you are working together, but they don't
know if it is a front side double or a back side zone.
- LEVELS: ON - on the ball up tight; OFF - normal; BACK - way back. ON is for when a
guard is pulling, or a quick dive. The more your assignment is outside, the more off the ball
you need to be. Not everyone has to be on the same level!
- BLOCK ON THE ANGLE: Block them on the angle they are on from you. Offensive linemen need to
get the whole foot on
the ground, and get the lead foot out of the way. Move your body forward, drive off, knee down,
body is going into the guy. Hips are not locked. Don't use a lead step. Get the lead foot out of
the way so the 2nd foot can get into the ground. Uncoil on the 2nd step.
- WHERE IS THE DEFENDER: Open up deeper & wider for further out defender. use the duck
step drill to teach them to put the whole foot on the ground.
- ALWAYS USE 2 STEPS
- LUNGE OFF 2ND STEP
- FLEXED OUT LINEBACKER - DUCK TIMING
- FEET OUT OF HOLE: Offensive linemen bring your hips under, climb the body to get your feet out of the hole.
Put your dick on his dick instantly, when he tries to make the tackle you pancake him.
- Use the double under (elbows in)
- Grab or drag hand. Strong inside grab hand on the under side of the pads.
- Knee Bend-Climb-FINISH! Climb, and if he tries to run away from him, shove him.
Once the guy you are blocking starts to move, shove him, twist him, torque him or throw him. Use
their momentum to get them out of the play. It is extremely important to know where the ball is going.
This is zone blocking for the 2, 4, and 6 hole (Guard, Tackle or Tight End - 8 is a sweep).
For the running back, Turn the shoulders to turn the Linebacker, use one cut to get back. For wider holes, use wider
shoulders - you have to make the back move! On the 3rd step, put the fot in the ground and cut.
- OG IN 2 HOLE PLAY VS. 3 TECH: We're only talking about a Point of Attack blocker now.
Run the Inside Zone to the Tight End, makes the cutback off 1 tech nose better. You have to get into him,
dip the hips and reset to hold on long enough for a back to get there from 7 yards deep. reset the hat
to move with him.
- BALL AT 6 HOLE VS. 3 TECH: Move off the bal, deeper drop, head on shoulder. Shuffle first to get him almost
head up, then get the lead foot out of the way. Always use strong inside hand, only strong outside hand for the
wide sweep. If the Running Back sees color, he's going to cut back - and we don't want that.
- STALEMATE: Dip & Get your bite back.
- THE LAST SHOVE: Use a "GOOD! GOOD!" at the end of drills to prompt the FINISH!!
- TACKLE VS. 5 STRONG: At the Point, don't put your hat way out there because you get flattened out.
- USING SHOULDERS OR FOREARM: "Don't walk around the block," walk through the guy. Use the shoulder or forearm
to walk through the block. Strain - get everything away from you, bring the hips. Same foot - same shoulder -
strain - bring the hips - go to 2nd level. "You get the most movement on a Defensive Tackle with 2 high legs."
- ANGLE TO LINEBACKERS: Take the perfect angle to the linebacker but don't go to the 2nd level yet. Use the lazy
forearm, you have time to get there because the ball carrier is at 7 yards.
- MAN IN THE GAP: If there is a man in the gap, there is no gap. Get the guys close on the snap. The uncovered
guy will shuffle over.
- DOWN BLOCKING: Move laterally to get the down block, set up the angle. If offensive linemen
get too flat, they will knock you back.
If you're getting flattened out, shuffle first.
- GUARDS PULLING: One-two back, pivot & go on an A-Gap pull. On an outside pull, one two then shuffle, read around
the double team. For any penetration on the counter-pull when the hand-off is over the top - head across the bow; otherwise
use a same-shoulder block.