defensive players assume a stance similar to that of the
offensive blockers. Each defender's weight should be forward,
shoulders low, hips up, and feet slightly wider than the
width of the hips.
the defensive players see the ball snapped and the offensive
men move, they should explode forward, driving their legs
and trying to penetrate the offensive side of the line of
blocker must get off on the ball, exploding forward from
the ground with the big muscle groups of the legs, hips,
and lower back. He must keep his shoulders low and drive
the defender back off the line of scrimmage with quick,
is important for the offensive lineman to focus on the defender,
and expect him to come off the line in a low, hard charge.
The offensive lineman should use his hands and arms only
to finally push the defender. The initial contact and force
of the block must be made with the shoulder pads.
blocker must have the resolve and dedication to move the
defensive man off the line of scrimmage in a short yardage
situation. This is neither the place nor the time to think
of finesse blocking or trying to step laterally to get relative
position on the defender.
Before leaving short-yardage and goal line blocking, be
sure to work on double-team blocking. This usually consists
of two-man blocks on one or more defensive linemen who are
aligned on either side of the point of attack.