Coach: Doug Schleeman

Position: Offensive Coordinator
School: Montana Tech OreDiggers
Explanation: Coach Schleeman coached 8-man football at Shields Valley for 3 years. He has worked hard for 8-man football by speaking at the 8-man clinic, helping 8-man coaches and running an 8-man football camp at Montana Tech. If you have any questions, you can e-mail Coach Schleeman at


To Be an Effective Offensive Lineman you must:

1. Know what to do.
2. Fly off the ball.
3. Use Proper technique.
4. Give great effort.
5. Be physical and finish.
6. Never allow anyone to out work you.




The offensive line stance is the base of proper execution and technique. The stance we us at Montana Tech is a three point with weight being slightly forward (55%/45%). We stress the following:

A. BASE - We will be at armpit width. We use a narrow stance.

B. FEET - We want feet perpendicular to the LOS (Toes in - Heels out). Stagger feet toe to instep relationship between the back and up foot. We want our guards to keep their feet parallel in order to pull.

C. POWER PRODUCING ANGLES - A good description is to get a "Z" in the knee. To get this position, the lineman must put the weight forward on the ball of the up foot. This raises the weight off the heel to a point where you can see daylight under the heels. The knees should be apart to produce a better power angle. The ankle should be locked to keep the heel from contacting he ground on the initial movement.

D. ARM AND HAND - The arm and hand should be placed slightly inside of the corresponding knee of the staggered foot. We want the fingers of the down hand spread, forming a tripod. We want the arm slightly in front of the corresponding eye so the weight is slightly forward. The other arm should rest on the side of the calf of the up foot. We have our O-lineman on the right side use a right handed stance and our O-lineman on the left side use a left handed stance.

E. SHOULDERS-BACK-TAIL - The shoulders must remain square to the LOS with the back parallel to the ground. The tail is elevated so that it is slightly higher that the shoulders. It is important that the head and neck be in a position to create a good bull-neck. Be sure not to force the players to bull their necks so much that it forces their tails down.

F. INITIAL MOVEMENT - The initial movement must be forward and not upward. We want our players to step with the near foot when exploding off the LOS. To do this we tell them to shift their weight to the drive leg so they can step quickly.

G. GET OFF - The first three steps are extremely important. They determine the speed and force with which our linemen execute their blocks. Pick up and put down the lead foot as quickly as possible. During the second step contact has been made. The weight should be quickly shifted to the lead foot which now becomes the power foot. The third step is the drive, if it is too big there is a power loss. Points to watch for are:

1 - a quick first step and make it short (no more than 6 inches)
2 - the second step should be slightly in front of the first step
3 - the third step cannot be a long step or the player loses power on the drive


1. Feet armpit width
2. Parallel to a slight stagger
3. Finger tips on the ground
4. Heels raised off the ground
5. Tail end slightly higher than the shoulders, with the head up


The big play occurs when we get movement off the LOS at the point of attack and are able to seal backside pursuit. The purpose of the zone technique is to seal backside pursuit. The zone technique is very good vs. teams that like to slant and angle their defensive front. The zone concept is versatile for several different backfield actions.

Base Zone Technique:


The blocker must explode off the LOS at the proper angle with a flat back. The angle is determined by the alignment of the defender. We want the blocker to aim his eyes at the proper landmark (Playside number).

Coaching Points:

A. Explode at the proper angle - anticipate the defender's move
B. Step with the near foot.
C. Second stop is directed at the center cylinder of the defender. The hands punch with the second step just like on the drive block.
D. Second step must never cross over the first step.
E. Good wide base back parallel (flat back).
F. Shoulders square to the LOS.
G. Hit the landmark.


We want to hit the playside number. On the second step the blocker should be stepping through the center of the cylinder of the defender. The hands are punching the landmark on the second step.

Coaching Points:

A. Explode thought the playside number.
B. Shoulders square to LOS.
C. Punch with the hands on the second step.

Chop Technique:

This is an offensive line technique for blocking a backside linebacker. Usually the linebacker takes on a drive block much better than a chop block.


Explode off the LOS taking the proper angle through your playside gap. Step with the near foot. Aim at the linebacker's playside knee cap with your backside shoulder.

Coaching Points:

A. Explode through playside gap on proper angle.
B. Anticipate a defender in playside gap.
C. Step with near foot.
D. Hit the landmark.


The blocker should be able to step on the linebacker's toes before exploding through the playside knee. Explode through the playside's knee cap with the backside shoulder and forearm.

Coaching points:

A. Step on the toes and throw.
B. Hit with the backside shoulder and forearm.

Follow Through:

On contact, the blocker should concentrate on uncoiling. he should leave his feet by snapping his knees straight as he explodes. This is the only time we allow a lineman to leave his feet. If the blocker throws too soon, the linebacker will dodge him or step over him, and if he throws too late he will completely miss the linebacker. Constant repetition will allow him to get the timing down.


Coaching points:

A. Uncoil - snap the knees straight.
B. Time the block - EXPLODE!

TB - Press the LOS

Got to get movement on NG

Cutback occurs off left guards butt

Playside guard goes to Defenses Ends inside shoulder

Bootleg QB every time

TB depth - as line gets better you can move the TB back

TB can't cut back until he is into the LOS


Outside Zone

Our objective on the outside zone blocking scheme is to allow the ball carrier to get to the outside. With this in mind, we are trying to force a scoop block on all down defenders. All of our linemen that are covered with a down defender execute what we refer to as a reach-rip block. With the outside zone scheme we want to seal flow to the outside.

Technique: (covered lineman)


1. Step with the playside foot exploding off the takeoff foot, at the correct angle.
2. The back is parallel to the ground on the first step.
3. Aim your eyes to the outside number.

Coaching Points:

A. Explode out
B. Step with near foot.
C. Good base - back parallel.
D. Good angle on first step.


Contact will occur on the second step. On the second step, we allow our covered lineman to use a crossover step to the call side. With the crossover step we have the lineman rip his inside arm through the call side armpit of the defender. We want our covered lineman to lean on the defender after he rips through the armpit and force his stomach up field. We do this to help the uncovered lineman. He will now try to escape for the linebacker.

Coaching Points:


A. On second step, crossover and rip through the playside armpit.
B. Lean on the defender after ripping through playside armpit.
C. Force your stomach up field.

Technique (uncovered lineman):

The uncovered lineman uses a technique called pull and overtake. To do this he must get his helmet past the down defender, then get on the defender and roll him up field. The pull must be a lateral pull, gaining depth and distance on the first step on the pull.

Coaching Points:

A. Must be in a good stance, not leaning.
B. Pull laterally to the playside lineman, must gain depth and distance on first step.
C. Must get his head across the down defender.
D. Must turn and roll defender up field.

You can run this play as a:


Pitch - Pull playside guard

Speed option

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