You can argue if it’s the best, but the power blocking scheme is definitely one of the most used running plays in football today. On this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’re doing a deep dive into all the details of this great gap blocking scheme attack.
Gap Blocking vs. Zone Blocking
I’m biased. Power is a core run play in The Pistol Power Offense System. But the other primary blocking scheme is the zone run game. So we get started with a discussion about Gap Blocking vs Zone Blocking schemes.
Inside Zone and Outside Zone runs are like pattern matching on defense. That means they take whatever you do on the other side of the ball and use it against you. There’s nothing soft about zone blocking. But there is a somewhat passive nature about zone blocking. We’re letting you make the decision on how we’re going to beat you.
With the Power blocking scheme, it’s the opposite. This is a gap blocking play. The offensive line is going to create a seam where we want it, when we want it. Gap blocking schemes like Power use angles and numbers to create an advantage and open the hole whether you want us to do it or not!
Blocks for Running Power
Now that we’ve established the difference in gap schemes vs zone schemes, it’s time to work through the rules of the Power blocking scheme. It starts with identifying the different types of blocks your players need to execute.
Down blocking is critical in any gap scheme play. Power is no different. Base blocks aren’t used very often, but we’ll talk about them too. The combo is the other major feature of the power blocking scheme – a double team at the point of attack against most defensive fronts. That’s where you force the issue to create your run lane.
Of course you have the other two notable features of a power run play. The kickout block on the defensive end, and wrapping the back side Guard to block the play side Linebacker. There’s intricate details of angle and footwork you’ve got to teach to get the most of out your play. Those details are also in the podcast.
Power Blocking Scheme Rules
And finally, you need a set of rules. When you’re a Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win offensive coach you have to keep those rules in check. There can’t be a lot of if-then situations.
I’m not going to blow your mind with the basics of Power. It’s more about the little details. That’s what makes this play work for absolutely any offensive attack. You use angles to create the running lane and get great at the play because you keep it simple.
Blocking Assignments for Power
- If the Guard is covered, and Center uncovered combo between Guard and Tackle.
- If the Guard is uncovered, combo between Tackle and Tight End.
- If the Guard is covered and the Center is covered everybody down blocks.
- Center always blocks back.
- Tight End, if not in the combo, blocks the A Gap Area.
- Back side Guard wraps to block the back side number of the play side Linebacker.
- Back side Tackle hinges.
- H-Back, Fullback, whoever your kick out guy is going to be based on formation – kicks out the man on or outside the Tight End. With no Tight End, it’s the man on or outside the Tackle.
Flexibility of the Power Blocking Scheme
Finally, this podcast closes out with a look at how versatile the blocking scheme really is. This is not just one play. In fact, in the Pistol Power Offense System we built an entire series around it. Click here to get my free 3 video series on the Power Series!
Power Read. ‘G’ Power. 1-Back Power. Counter and Counter Trey. You can get a lot of mileage out of this one single gap blocking scheme. So invest in it!
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