Offensive Line Drills | QC Episode 220

Get the best Offensive Line Drills so you get the best performance out of your Offensive Linemen. Your practice time is too limited to run hundreds of different drills. What drills should actually run?

Over the past couple years, since turning to the 90 Minute Practice Plan, I’ve had to really examine just which Offensive Line drills were worth what little practice time we had to work.

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80/20 for Offensive Line Drills

Enter the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 Rule. Just in case you don’t already know it, the Pareto Principle says that 20% of the work you put in produces 80% of the results. That’s critical for football coaches to understand. Out of all those cool drills and gimmicks you see at clinics and in catalogs, only 20% are really worth doing.

This episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic looks at applying the Pareto Principle to your Offensive Line Drills. I always hear coaches complaining about how little individual time they have to work with their guys. Or just practice time in general. You’re probably better off trying to work within those limitations – as long as you know what to run. This episode helps you figure that out.

Offensive Line Drills to Make Sure You Never Miss a Block

We take a look at what really matters for your Offensive Linemen to make the block. It’s all about the first two steps. Not how quick they are, or how long or short they are. In fact, what matters is the angle. Take the right first two steps, with the right angle, and you never miss a block. Of course, if you make him hold that block too long, he might get his tail whipped. That comes down to play design and execution by the skill guys. But he won’t miss the block.

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Spend over half your Offensive Line drill time on the first two steps. I’ll share some simple drill concepts that you can use in your Offensive Line individual periods to get this done. They don’t require any contact, either. Do you have a couple of veteran leaders on your Offensive Line? Then let them run these drills in pre-practice or during the off-season.

Spend the rest of your drill time actually blocking someone. But we do a lot of ‘Pro Wrestling’ in those drills, too. That means there’s a pre-determined winner. But it should look very real. These are 1 on 1 drills and 2 on 2 combo blocks for your zone game. Throw in some Pass Protection 1 on 1 and you’ve got a complete practice.

Waste Less Practice Time

The only other step you’ll need is getting your guys to finish blocks. It involves a simple drill you can work for a couple of minutes during special teams… and a chicken sandwich. The true difference maker.

Use the player below to listen to Episode 220 of the JDFB Quick Clinic to hear all about building your Offensive Line practice around these drills and creating better blocking with less wasted hours on the practice field. Then your guys will have more energy for the long season ahead!