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© February, 2012

by Ken Taylor
The Speed Doctor

It�s no secret that all football coaches would like their players to be faster � especially their OL. Offensive linemen represent a very unique group on a football team. They have their own code and camaraderie. As such, special attention must be given when training the OL line, especially for speed. Most offensive linemen don�t even believe speed would help them at their position so they rarely train for it, and coaches rarely focus on it. What a mistake. Why? Here are just a few reasons to focus on building faster offensive linemen.

Benefits of faster offensive linemen:

�  A faster OL can be faster to the hole. Each play is quicker so your backs can hit the hole quicker with more speed and momentum. More tackles are broken.
�  A faster OL can make more downfield blocks.
�  A faster OL can more easily play at a slower speed if they possess speed that is greater than the need for the position.
�  A faster OL can turn the corner to seal off the edge before the opponent or back gets there. And they consistently leverage first before their opponent.
�  A faster OL means larger collisions (or the DB will just get out of the way, creating a bigger hole)
�  A faster OL puts constant pressure on the defense so the fourth quarter is yours! (It is easy to push around tired and demoralized DL guys).
�  A faster OL means more athletic athletes. Vertical jump and jump quality increase as a by-product of speed. (It is all the same general stretch ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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