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Good article. I found this comment interesting as well...


"As a former high school coach who spent some of his time coaching offensive linemen, I have to agree with this article. A good offensive line is essential to a good offense. Otherwise the running backs go nowhere and the QBs don't have time to throw and are either sacked or chased out of the pocket to run for their lives. And offensive line is as demanding a position as there is in football. They have to control strong, fast defensive linemen whose job is much simpler, just fill their gap or tee off on the QB. The offensive lineman has to block his man, be aware of blitzing linebackers through his gap, and do that while not being caught holding and moving backwards (in pass blocking), like a woman in ballroom dancing. If the OL moves backwards too quickly or easily, he gets knocked on his rear. The keys to success are good balance, low stance, good footwork, and the ability to make multiple powerful hits on the defensive lineman. I found that the hardest thing as a coach was to teach today's kids to hit. Today's young people grow up in controlled environments in which roughhousing is discouraged and fighting is a felony. So when as a coach you tell your player to slam his hands as hard as he can into his opponent's breastplate, they just look at you. Their lives have been so programmed and supervised and bereft of the natural play of boys that they can't let loose and make a violent act within the context of the rules of the game. Eventually they learn, but it's a slow process."

(In response to this post by Mikeysurf)

Posted: 09/13/2017 at 2:27PM



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