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© February, 2014
THE INSIDE ZONE AND DRILLS TO PERFECT YOUR MECHANICS Part II

by Chase Harp
Offensive Coordinator • Arkansas Tech University

These principles and techniques will force your opponent to play disciplined gap assignment defense.

This is the second part of a two-part series that discusses the inside zone scheme. In the previous issue of Gridiron Strategies, we discussed the number identification system. This article will touch on some of the same principals as before, and then I will explain the drills used to perfect our zone blocking mechanics and how we drill the zone blocking co-op schemes that exist inside the scheme itself.

Our philosophy is always to establish the run. We use three run schemes that are multiple in formation and personnel. Those schemes are the inside zone, outside zone, and power. Our number one running scheme is the inside zone. We ran some form of the inside zone 226 times for 1,197 yards, and an average of 5.3 yards per play. The inside zone play allows the offensive linemen to keep a “tough mentality” without having to line up in two-back, run iso and power. When developing any offense, it is critical that the offensive line and their responsibilities have carryover from play call to play call. The inside zone scheme in our offens ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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