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From one through four from outside in. We want them up on the line, we want them crowding on line of scrimmage. We want that punter thinking: Here, they’re coming. They’re coming, they’re coming, they’re coming. Now, if we go base return, for us, it’ll be simple man-blocking.
We’re showing rush, and we’re gonna block man on. We’re gonna play the cat-and-mouse drill I showed you with our athletes. So, identify the blocking scheme, it’s pretty simple. Who’s gonna take the long-snapper. Who’s gonna take the upback.
So, if we determine that four to the right’s taking long-snapper, we’ll determine four to the left might take the upback. Our attack point is always going to be the near shoulder of the man that they’re blocking. It’s always going to be the near shoulder. We’re gonna force the issue, meaning we’re gonna press him, we’re gonna make him think we’re rushin’ right now.
So, as we attack, they’re gonna attack that near shoulder, and they’re gonna try to sell that we’re gonna comin’ hard to force a longer block. Again, we’re saying force the issue—get the man on his heels quickly. And then we want ‘em to quickly gather their hips, and work the offhand jam technique. Maintain leverage on his hip down the field, stay inside, two in front of the man. Those are his rules.
Now you’ll see to the left now, number three’s gonna take the guard, number two’s gonna take the tackle, and number one is gonna take the wing. It’s a blocky schematic for us. Same thing, other side, three’ll take the guard, two’ll take the tackle, one’ll take the wing. Very simple. We don’t wanna make this complicated. We are either getting’ after ya, or we’re gonna block man on.
In either case, we’re still gonna press that line of scrimmage, and we’re gonna force you to think that we’re comin’, and that you have to block us. Now, we have to force a return. We have to identify somebody that’s gonna force a kick, as well as a member of the punt team. We will not block. Usually it can be the long-snapper. We can block the entire front the way I just showed you, and expect the punter to punt the ball.
If they’ve got a bigger punter that’s not very agile, they can’t run very well, we may take our chances and say there’s no way in God’s green earth that you’re gonna fake it on us. But if he is an athlete, we’re gonna have to identify who is gonna force that kick. Which one of our guys is gonna force it. So, if we don’t block the long-snapper, and we identify a numbered one to the right, as you see here. We identify number one as the force player, then it becomes pretty simple. He’s gonna attack and force that punter to get rid of it. Get the ball off.
What’ll then happen is two will block one, the wing, three will block the tackle, four will block the guard, and then we’re gonna say that that long-snapper isn’t an athlete enough for our punt returner not to be. In other words, if they’ve got a bigger, slower long-snapper, we may never block him. Or if their upback is more of a safety valve for them, we might not block the upback.
Robert L. Berta says
In Ohio, contact cannot be made immediately to the long snapper and many, if not most, high school teams have excellent cover men long snapping. This “block” does not mention that.