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Slide Protection Schemes and Technique - The 3-Step Passing Game

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© February, 2008

by Ken Wilmesherr
Offensive Line Coach, Grossmont College

Depending on defensive personnel, defensive structures, blitzes, dogs, line stunts, slants, twists and personnel match-ups, it is important to incorporate half and full-line slide protection schemes into the 3 and 5-step passing game. Slide protection is a zone protection scheme. This means we don�t chase defenders.

It is imperative that offensive linemen are very efficient when they execute the slide protection scheme as it relates to the 3-step or 5-step launch point of the quarterback. This article will cover the key points of slide protection as it applies to the 3-step passing game.


1. 3-Man, Half-Line Slide Protection Schemes

Half-line slide protection is a zone protection scheme to the slide (or call) side. The center will make the call and the guards will 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 maintain the proper spacing in order to decrease the pass rush lanes for the defense. Most of the time we will slide away from the tight end; however, that may vary depending on our ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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