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Teaching the Crowther and Three-Prong Punch Progressions in the Running Game

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© February, 2011


By Ken Wilmesherr Offensive Line Coach Grossmont College

There always seems to be a debate among coaches in regards to either teaching the flipper (The Crowther Progression) or the three-prong punch in the running game. It is my belief that both techniques can coexist in any run blocking scheme with success if taught properly. Below are the teaching progressions for the three prong punch and the 2-man Crowther Progression.

Teaching the Three-Prong
Punch in the Running Game

    The objective of the three-prong punch teaching progression is to isolate the punch and the hips in the running game. It teaches linemen to strike a blow and snap the hips. When teaching the components of the three-prong punch, you can use a sled, shields or pair up your linemen facing each other on their knees on a line approximatley 12 inches apart. Teaching the components of the punch involves a 3-step progression, which isolates the punch and hips in the run game.

There are three steps to the three-prong punch progression:

1. Load the guns.

2. The punch - strike a blow.

3. The Dallas roll - hip roll.
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