Offensive line analysis: point of attack in the running game
In football, the game is won and lost in the trenches. All success or lack thereof starts with the linemen. So I thought I would offer up my understanding of some of the terminology for offensive linemen. In my last post, I talked about "point of attack" and how it applies in the passing game. Now I will explain the same premise in the running game, which will serve as a great segue into my next post regarding "levels" of the defense.
But for now, it's "point of attack" in the running game. Let's start with run-side blocking for outside runs. The tackle has to be athletic enough to do what is called a "reach block." A defensive end has to maintain containment or set the edge, so the tackle must get outside of the defensive end, allowing the other pulling guard to kick out the linebacker, creating a running lane for the runner. The run-side guard has to block down on that defensive tackle to prevent a free run into the backfield. The center has to hurry to the second level to try to block the inside linebacker.
Offensive minds understand that most run plays are spilled by some and boxed by others to buy time for your tackler, which is your inside linebacker. Again, the other guard is pulling to the run side to kick out the outside linebacker. The back-side tackle checks the back side before climbing to the next level looking for work.
Inside runs are a bit different. In these cases, the run-side tackle will try to get inside of the defensive end to push him out; the guard will grab and try to push the tackle inside. The center will help the run-side guard before climbing to the next level to look for work. The back-side tackle is jumping inside of the defensive end.
These are some of the "points of attack" in the running game. I'm trying to condense these into one blog post for you guys. Next up will be "levels" and how it applies to the o-line.
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