Pass protection is one of the key components of an offensive philosophy and or game plan. A cohesive offensive line that has been coached properly to pass protect will help the quarterback to play with more confidence. A more confident quarterback will execute the offense much better. In the video clip below former Ohio State Offensive Coordinator Ed Warinner, discusses the rules and responsibilities of each offensive lineman in his 5 Man Pass Protection scheme. Coach Warinner has since taken the position as offensive line coach at Minnesota.
The call side of the plays will block man on man with a vertical set. On the slide side the center, guard and tackle block the tackle, end and mike linebacker. Those there lineman slide at 45-degree angle and protect the A,B and C gaps.
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The key concepts for the offensive lineman to understand are as follows:
1. It is imperative to always protect the quarterback’s backside.
2. Never allow an A or B gap run through. QB needs to be able to step up and throw.
3. 4 weak pressure is handled by the slide side
4. 4 strong is handled with a re-direct or a hot read by the QB
5. The call side will utilize a lock squeeze concept if a third rusher comes
6. The QB is responsible for the 6th defender