Since there seems to be plenty of "Film Study" posts, The one thing I want to do with both the Preview series and the Review Series is to "seperate" my posts from the crowd, by adding a little Football 101 teaching session with the posts. So, they will always start out with Section 1 - the teaching session.....
Section 1 - FOOTBALL 101 Teaching Session:
In this post, I will comment about the Left Tackle Pass Protection Technique. The Left Guard technique is very similar, but on the other side of the Center, the foot that is back is the Right foot. (Take a look at #68 Doug Free, and #73 BerneyMac, both have their right foot back.)
In other words, the anchor foot is always the one to the outside. The "Kick, Slide, and Punch" is the same technique, but using the other foot for the kick. It is the biggest adjustment to when you are going from the Right side to the Left, along with when your in the run blocking stance, your hand on the ground is reversed.
First the stance. In the shot below you will notice that Tyron Smith's Left foot is back, and he is ready for the snap of the ball. His job is to stay between JPP #90 and Romo. Balance is the key to stay "Anchored" and that requires that you keep your Left foot back, so if the defender trys to "Bull Rush" you, your back foot can get leverage. When both feet are parallell, then your in touble and that is the reason for the kick. If you moved your right foot back without first kicking your left foot back, then your feet would be parallel. So, you kick your outside foot back first so as to "drag" your right foot into position and never allowing your feet to be side by side.
Try it yourself. Stand straight up and have both feet side by side. Have a friend/spouse push you in your chest. See how easily you fall backwards. Now put your left foot back and have them try again. This time your back foot allows you to stay upright.
A word about Leverage. One of the other techniques to be aware of is the use of Leverage. This is basically the ability to "get lower" than the other guy. I was going to talk about this when talking about the defensive player trying to get a sack, but thought it would be better to do it here.
The Defensive rusher will try to get lower than the offensive linemen and "get under his pads" and then lift him. This will often force his inside foot to slide back and he will then lose his anchor. So, it is also very important for the LT to get and stay lower than the rusher, so he can maintain his anchor and have the better "Leverage."
A very good example would be to look at all the shots below and see how well BernieMac maintains leverage, and see how is right foot in the last shot is still way back and his helmet is lower than his rusher.
Now, an actual pass Play as the snap shot above was a penalty. Same stance as before but JPP doesn't know if Witten is going to help double him or not.
At the snap of the ball, the correct technique is for Tyron to kick his left foot back and then without lifting his right foot, drag it back so he has moved to where he wants to so he can stay back to see where JPP goes and give himself distance to move again to stay in front of him. And the key to the Kick Slide is to insure your left foot stays back.
So, it is Kick, Slide, Kick, Slide until JPP gets close enough, and then.....
it is time for the Punch. The punch is to be done while maintaining your balance over your feet. This means do not lean or lurch at your opponent, which we can see Tyron did a good job here. So, to recap....Kick, slide, punch. You want to keep the defender from getting too close to you because he can then easily spin and get by you. By keeping him away with your Punch, you can then see any spin move and have room and time to recover.
So, now when you watch the Left Tackle play, you can see for yourself if he is using proper technique. Hope this helps.
Now for some shots showing the Seahawks favorite run play, (And it is becoming a lot of teams favorite play), the Zone blocking staple called the "stretch play." Out of this one basic play, the QB can....
- Hand Off to the Running Back.
- Fake the hand off and Roll Out to the strong side and Pass
- Fake the hand off and Roll Out to the strong side and run.
- Fake the hand off and Roll Out to the weak side and run or pass.
The first shot of the "stretch play." The running back is taught to either, "bang" it up inside, "bounce" it outside, or "Cut" back to the weak side.
- The next shot shows all of the offensive linemen moving to their left and picking up who ever shows up in the gap to their left. Notice that as Wilson turns his back and heads to the RB, that he could hand off, or he could keep it.
- In this next shot, we see where #24 (Marshawn Lynch) is looking for the hole right in front of his Fullback. This would have been a pretty good play if not for the mistake of #76 Russell Okung. Okung should have held his block, but often O-Linemen are taught to make a block, and if you feel the RB can get by the guy you just blocked, then get to the next level and pick up and pancake the LB. In this instance though, the FB is in position to make the block on the LB, and.....
- As you can see, the guy Okung released, is the guy that forces the play back inside and the FB now has no one to block. Bad use of blocks.
- He is re-directed back inside.
And so, the weakness of the Stretch Play is for the defense to try to send two guys in the same gap, or send two guys to try to make a gap, or hope that if the O-Line makes a gap, you can fill it and penetrate and tackle the back for a loss.
You can look back at my last Football 101 post Here where I talked more about the "Zone Blocking Stretch" Play, and the Angle Play as well.