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© October, 2003
Teach The Basics Of Offensive Line Play

By Jeff Lutz, Offensive Line Coach,
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WIS.

FOR A FOOTBALL TEAM to be successful on offense it must move the ball. Consistency in moving the football is based on the blocking ability of the offensive line. If your linemen are to be proficient at blocking, they must understand assignments and execute fundamental blocks.

At the line of scrimmage, every lineman must concentrate on takeoff. They must listen to the snap count and possible checkoff. At the snap count on running plays, every lineman must explode off the ball at full speed or set up quickly on pass plays.

Offensive linemen must be flawless when it comes to first steps: knowing where to go and taking the proper first step is of the utmost importance.

Use line splits to control the defensive alignment. Line splits are determined by the play that's going to be run. Start the season by taking 2-foot splits on all plays. As your players develop an understanding of the system and schemes, vary the splits according to the play and what you want to accomplish.

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