Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Football Fundamentals - Power O Blocking Primer

Originally published at Maize n Brew on 8/29/13

This post will work as a primer for blocking the Power O run scheme. In the next post, we'll look at how the play is run against specific fronts.




Nomenclature
X Backside, online WR
BST Backside Tackle
BSG Backside Guard
OC Center
FSG Frontside Guard
FST Frontside Tackle
Y Playside Tight End
QB Quarterback
FB Fullback
RB Runningback

Also remember your gaps and numbering system.


Important Blocking Calls
We're actually going to simplify this quite a bit so that they are easy to remember. For combo blocks we'll have the calls below combined with a "front", "Mike", or "back". This is not normal, but it makes it easier to first teach it. "Front" will indicate the frontside LB; "Mike" the MIKE; and "back" the backside LB. Note that these are simplified calls, and only a portion of the total calls offensive lineman will be tasked with making, the ones relevant to Power O.

Combo Blocks

EAT - End and Tackle - AKA a Trey Block (often referenced in "Counter Trey")


The TE and OT will double at the point of attack, then look for one of the blockers to take over the man so that the other can release and get to the second level.

TAG - Tackle and Guard - AKA a Deuce Block


The OT and OG will double at the point of attack, then look for one of the blockers to take over the man so that the other can release and get to the second level.

CAGE - Center and Guard


The OC and OG will double at the point of attack, then look for one of the blockers to take over the man so that the other can release and get to the second level.

Man/Gap Solo Blocks

Kick - Kick out block from the FB.


FB will arc up and out, aiming at the outside leg of the PST, and block the EMOL outside, driving him outside and upfield and out of the play with his momentum.

OTIS - Outside Tackle, Inside (TE)


A defender is between the PST and the TE that the TE will down block and handle the defender alone. The FB must get the man outside of this defender. If there isn't a man on the LOS, the FB will go up to the second level looking for "the first off-color jersey".

Me - OC help the BST


A call made by the OC to the BST when the BSG is pulling. "Me" indicates that the OC will be able to help pinch the hole vacated by the pulling BSG, along with the BST, and block the defender in that gap, before the BST fans back.

You - No OC help for BST


The OC is forced to block a man over him and cannot pinch the gap vacated by the pulling BSG. This means the BST must handle the player himself.

Blunt - First step inside by BST then fan back


Blunt is a call from the BST, where his first step will be inside to help on an inside defender. He will then fan back to prevent any backside defender from crashing down the line, staying tight to the OC so that there is no space for a defender to split the two. For Closed Power O, typically called with a "Me" call.

Closed Power O
And a quick diagram of the play


Can you identify some of the play calls above?

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