Offensive Line Down Block Footwork Drill


  • To perfect the first step for to block a man in gap or to block down on man to inside
  • Get head in front of D-lineman to cut off penetration


  1. Linemen are in ready position:
    • 2 point stance arms on knees/thighs
    • hands build loose fists that touch touch each other
    • the back is flat and
    • the is head up.
  2. On coaches call they will snap into their stance
  3. on a given cadence the players explode from their stance and freeze after their first step

Coaching Points

  • 6″ to 8″ flat step
  • do not step over the line
  • keep head up
  • cut off penetration with the head
  • chest on thigh
  • bring away arm back (ready to deliver blow)
  • stay off your heels; weight on the balls of the feet


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