Reading the Offensive Line - Defensive Line Fundamentals Series by IMG Academy Football (2 of 4)
How to Play Offensive Line Defensive Line or Fullback in Football
Play the offensive line.The best offensive line can be small but you need to have lots of strength. Always know your assignment in any football position but especially with the offensive line because you could cause a sack.
Get in your 2 or 3 point stance and do not move until after the ball is snapped.Before the ball is snapped, get braced for assault by the D line and the linebackers.
Once the ball is snapped, get up and engage your defender as fast as possible same with the D line.
Once you're engaged, your assignment could be one of many:
- run block - most likely are going to try to do a turn block to create a hole for the runner.
- pass block - you're dropping back a bit and helping the quarterback from getting sacked by creating a pocket.
- for the guards, this is one other type of movement called a pull. A pull is used on a run play or certain pass plays.
When blocking on O line, bend at the knees slightly and use your legs to push your defender and then push upward at the same time so you get an upward and forward movement.If that is done correctly it should feel as trying to push someone over and flatten them.
Play the defensive line.The good old D Line has many different tasks based on the team players and the offense. First, learn about the D line players:
- Defensive Tackle or DT - these guys are the big guys trying to get a push on the O Line.
- Defensive End - these guys can be big or small same with the Defensive Tackle. The DE job is to either rush the quarterback drop into zone coverage or play man coverage and stop the run
- Note that there are many penalties associated with playing line and some are worse than others.
When your team has the play picked line up at the defensive position, play will depend on which defensive play book or books you use.The 2 most common defensive books are 3-4 or 4-3 3-4, which means 3 D Lineman 4 Linebackers and 4 Defensive Backs 4-3 means 4 D Line 3 Linebackers and 4 Defensive Backs
In your position, get in your 3 point stance.Now is when you have to be paying attention or you are going be pummeled by the O Line or get called for a penalty.
Pay attention to the snap count.Get a good rush on the O Line whenever possible but don't go offside and encroach or get a neutral zone infraction. Everyone on defense should be a "heat seeking missile", especially the D Line. Look for whoever has the ball and find the best way to get there and punish the ball carrier
Once engaged with an O Lineman, you have a number of options:
- One option is to get around the O Line with a couple of moves.
- Second option is to cover your man if playing man coverage.
- Third option is to drop into zone coverage.
There are 3 to 4 moves to try to get around the O Line:
- The first is the rip which is when you have one hand on one side of the defensive lineman and one on the other side in a way and you use one hand and just put all your muscle and try to "rip" the lineman out of your way.
- The second move is to swim which is like the rip in a way but more of a finesse move. To swim, have your hands on the same positions as with the rip, then with your non-dominant hand push the lineman the direction of your dominant hand and at the same moment raise your dominant hand over the head of the O lineman.
- The third move is the spin, which is self explanatory.
Play the fullback.The fullback is a combination O lineman Halfback and Tight End. As said above, the fullback has multiple roles which are pass blocking run blocking running the ball for short gains sometimes receiving the ball and even more rarely returning punts and kickoffs. Because of this, the fullback is required to have a different skill set then most players.
Understand run blocking with the fullback.When you are running a pitch or I form offense, the fullback is in front of the halfback and behind the QB and his job is to stay ahead of the running back to try to get a good block so the running back can get more yards.
Know how to do pass blocking with the fullback.When pass blocking, remember to stay around the QB to try to create a pocket.
Running with fullback.If you are running, you most likely are only 1 to 3 yards (0.9 to 2.7 m) short of the first line or 5 yards (4.6 m) from the goal line. When playing fullback and running, your one and only job other than not to fumble, is to run the ball straight down the defense throat or dive for the touchdown.
- Do not fumble the ball tuck it away and don't think about fumbling or don't even think about having the ball.
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