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© June, 2011

by Kurt Faust
Assistant Coach • Alma College

There is no greater experience than coaching the offensive line. Nothing demands more attention to detail. From size and speed to techniques and movement, it is a tremendous but rewarding challenge as a coach. Offensive line is a “make it or break it” position. It is one that determines your offensive success or failure. Therefore, it must be priority number one for any offensive staff.

    I enjoy all the approaches to blocking the run and pass. There is so much to learn from all the different schemes and strategies and there is some great information in football today. That being said, one can not say enough about all the “little things” that can put your offensive line over the top. I truly believe success is not primarily schemes or plays; it is finding and perfecting specific techniques that make your offensive line successful. Let’s look closer at several aspects or “little things” of an offensive lineman’s football world. To begin, we need to look at some general principals that need to be applied to the run game, pass game, and overall mental, physical, and psychological framework of your linemen.

Basic Principles:

•    Always be in a position to do damage – LEVERAGE, BASE, AND POWER.

•      Have a working vocabulary that bridges into every aspect of practice – UNCONSCIOUS/         MENTAL.

•      Incorporate multiple joint movements and direction change in all drill work – SURFACE
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