Film Study Fundamentals: Tight Zone Combination Blocks

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tussey's picture

Thanks Kyle for all your work on this and explaining the blocking concepts!  Is there any chance you and look at how Michigan State stunted their line and backers to make it much more difficult for us to make all the blocks?

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d5k's picture

I'm guessing plays like that are why Linsley got taken in the 5th round instead of an undrafted free agent like many projected.  

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Zimmy07's picture

The Defensive Tackles can screw this play up by grabbing the jersey of the linemen releasing off their double team.  It's a penalty, but almost never gets called.

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thatlillefty's picture

Wow this is as good as Ross' old write up's. Didn't think I'd be saying that. Good work, Kyle.

11W is bringing it today. Must be close to football season.

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Doc's picture

Kyle this is football for dummies, and this dummy thanks you whole heartedly.  Excellent write up.  I've learned tons from this and can not wait for more.  Thank you.

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The Butler's picture

The days of a football player being a "dumb jock" are over. They may not like school, but football players can't be stupid and see the field in college.

Kyle - thanks very much for dropping some knowledge on us. 

 

 

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Now I feel like I should apply for the next vacant coaching position this year.

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bakerjon's picture

  I mentioned after a previous article that the offensive line play and conversation was good article fodder. You nailed it. Keep it coming...

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BroJim's picture

Good read, Kyle. I appreciate the Xs and Os!

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Poison nuts's picture

Good read. Did I miss Ross move on or do we now have 2 smart football guys here?! Either way, this was good & I appreciated the intricate diagrams too. 

Get busy living.

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cdub4's picture

Two smart football guys.

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Poison nuts's picture

Thank you sir!

Get busy living.

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GVerrilli92's picture

Can the OLineman who goes to the next level change post snap? So if there's a combo with the LB showing plus alignment then curls into the middle, is it up to the Guard to see that and step to the left as if it's a minus? How does the Tackle know this is happening?

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Kyle Jones's picture

It absolutely changes. In fact, they don't plan on going to the second level player at all until the defense tells them what they're doing. The first step for both players in a combo is to the fat guy in front of them, and then roll off to the second level after the fat guy has declared where he's trying to go. At the college level, where nearly every defense is a "1 gap" defense, it's easy to run these combos, since you usually know that if the DT is trying to go towards one hole, the LB behind him will be going the opposite way. In the case of Linsley and Hall, the DT tried to go toward the outside of Hall, meaning Linsley knew the LB would be coming his way and became his responsibility. On the other side, the DT tried to split the gap between Norwell and Mewhort, meaning the LB would try to go in the A gap, making him Norwell's responsibility. Obviously, Norwell doesn't get there unless Mewhort gets over on the DT first.