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Try These Highly Effective Slide Protection Schemes And Game-Tested Techniques

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© October, 2006


by Ken Wilmesherr
Assistant Coach, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, Calif.

DEPENDING ON DEFENSIVE personal, defensive structures, blitzes, dogs, line stunts, slants and twists it’s important to incorporate half- and full-line slide protection schemes.

You can also look for personnel match-ups that work to your advantage, but it’s imperative that offensive linemen remain efficient when they execute the half- or full-line slide protection scheme because of the launch point of the quarterback.

Half-Line Slide Protection Schemes
Half-line slide protection is a zone protection scheme to the slide side or the call side. The center makes the call and the guards echo the call. 

Each offensive lineman to the call side is responsible for blocking a specific gap. It is crucial the offensive linemen to the call side or slide side maintain the proper spacing to decrease the pass rush lanes for the defense. Most of the time, we’ll slide away from the TE, however, it depends on our opponent’s defensive structure and blitz package for that particular week.

DIAGRAM 1: Slide Protection Scheme Away From The TE (Left) When The Will LB Is Blitzing The A- or B-Gaps.

When the Will LB is blitzing the A- or B-gaps, the center must declare his responsibility to the left work ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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