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Founder and Owner of the Flexbone Association. Since 2007 we have provided the tools necessary for teams to succeed running the Flexbone Association System. Over the last ten years over 200 teams have been instructed by the Flexbone Association. I've consulted with teams and or run camps everywhere from Belfair, WA to Key West, FL. The Flexbone Association strives daily to help coaches succeed with this time tested offense, I have been a football coach for 16 seasons, currently at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, GA I played at St. Mary's Springs High School in Fond du Lac, WI under legendary head coach Bob Hyland. I've been fortunate to be part of five state championship teams (1997,1998,2002,2011,2012). In 2011-2012 St. Mary's Springs led the state of Wisconsin in scoring and set consecutive school records for points scored, Psalm 27

Game Day Responsibilities: (Offensive Line Coach)

After personally running over three dozen camps and working with over 100 schools in the last few years as an association, one of the biggest areas coaches require assistance is how to call the offense, and how to utilize your assistant coaches on game day. An intimate understanding of the complete offense is paramount, but all that work and knowledge will be for naught without a detailed understanding of how to call the offense, and how you use your assistant coaches in aiding your team in getting to the end zone. The first installment of this series covered the responsibilities of the Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach on game dayThe second article in this series detailed the responsibilities of the B-Backs coach on game day. Last week I covered the game day responsibilities of the A-Backs coach. Today we will look at the game day responsibilities of the Offensive Line Coach, or coaches if you happen to have two of them. 


Outside of basic movement type drills to get the offensive linemen loose enough to be able to bend and cut defenders, the offensive line coach should work scoop blocks and veer releases in the pre-game setting. The line coaches will also line up the starting linemen with the backups standing directly behind. The coaches will go through the anticipated look they will see from the defense and make sure each linemen can make their line calls and communicate them effectively with their line mates. All five linemen must be on the same page before the game starts. The line coaches must make sure this is the case. If time permits a 3 on 3 drill with the three interior linemen should be conducted with the quarterback, slots and fullback. At this time the tackles coach can work on veer and loop releases.

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If you have the benefit of having two offensive line coaches, each coach will watch an inside linebacker. In a two inside linebacker defense one coach will watch the playside linebacker. The other coach will watch the backside linebacker. Against a one interior linebacker scheme, one will watch the Mike the other the Will. It is the reaction of these two players that could most help the offensive coordinator in his play calling duties. Outside of the action key, these are also the two defenders who the offense linemen must be able to block. If either of these defenders makes the tackle, that coach must inform the play caller immediately.

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The offensive coordinator will discuss any changes with the entire offense. The offensive line coach or coaches will review any assignment errors, or any blocking adjustments that need to be made with the linemen. Any tendencies that the defensive interior are showing will be discussed at this time. The most important thing the offensive line coach can accomplish during this period is to make sure that the blocking scheme against the defense being used by the opponent is understood by everyone and they can execute it at full speed.

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The offensive line coach or coaches will provide information to the offensive coordinator about the play of the playside and backside linebackers as well as the play of the offensive line as a whole, which defenders are poor, which defenders are defeating the lineman across from him etc. The line coaches will participate in the discussion with the rest of the staff regarding scheme changes for the second half. Relaying information about the play of the linebackers as well as the play of the offensive line in execution of their schemes takes precedence.

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