Monthly Archives: August 2015

Gridiron Glossary: Zone Blocking

Zone Blocking is a blocking scheme for offensive lineman in which the covered offensive linemen block the man in front of them and the uncovered offensive lineman step placed to execute a combo block, if a defender is available, and … Continue reading

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Gridiron Glossary: 4-3 Under

The 4-3 under is a defensive formation with four defensive lineman, three linebackers and four secondary players where the defensive lineman are shifted away from the strong side. The name under comes from an under shift.  The opposite is an … Continue reading

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Gridiron Glossary: Oklahoma Drill

Oklahoma is a practice drill where one defensive player lines up against an offensive blocker with a running back behind him.  The defender must engage the offensive player, beat him and then tackle the running back.   The drill can … Continue reading

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Abolish the preseason poll

Earlier this week the AP released their first poll of the season, and unsurprisingly Ohio State is number one.  Somewhat surprisingly the Buckeyes are the unanimous number one team.  This is the first time in the history of the AP … Continue reading

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Gridiron Glossary: Combo Blocking

A combination or combo block is one in which two offensive players initially engage a defender to block before one of the offensive players disengages and engages a second, designated defender.   Usually you have two offensive linemen engaging a … Continue reading

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Gridiron Glossary: Zone Read

The zone read is an offensive play, usually run from the shotgun formation, in which the offensive line zone blocks and the quarterback give the ball to a running back or keeps it himself based on an unblocked defender he … Continue reading

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Gridiron Glossary: Trips

Trips, short for triple, is an aspect of an offensive formation that involves three receivers split out to one side of the formation. Trips doesn’t describe the formation; it is just an aspect of the formation. Gridiron Glossary is a … Continue reading

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On the Draw

Stop me if you haven’t seen this before.  Your team is on defense and needs a stop.  The quarterback drops back to pass.  Your defense is in great position; it looks like they expected the pass, and your defensive lineman … Continue reading

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Gridiron Glossary: I Formation

  The I formation is an offensive formation in which the quarterback is under center, a full back is lined up directly behind the quarterback, and a tailback is lined up directly behind the full back. The I formation is … Continue reading

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Gridiron Glossary: 3 technique

  A defender is lined up in a three technique if he is one the line of scrimmage across from a guard’s outside shoulder. Any defender can theoretically be in a 3 technique, but it is almost exclusively a defensive … Continue reading

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