Pass Pro Indy Drills Part 2

Continuing on with this series of Pass Pro OL drills

Today we will take a look at 2 new drills, as well as a circuit of 2 drills I have now written about when I have large groups.

 

Softball Drill:

This drill works the OL’s lateral movement and is really designed to get them bending in the knees/hips, not bending over at the waist.  The key is to “drop your butt”.  The OL is across from a coach or teammate on a knee.  The player on a knee rolls a softball or baseball side to side.  The OL has to work laterally keeping a wide base, then lower the hips to pick the ball up and toss it back.  Try to keep them from getting lazy and bending over or getting a narrow base.  We get 3-4 reps each and rotate.  The flow of the Line works softball tosser, to OL, to the back of the line.

Softball/Medicine Ball Circuit:

When I have a bigger group of kids I like to work 2 groups in 2 drills and then rotate the groups.  I do not like long lines of kids standing and waiting so this gets us more reps in.  Here I have the OL, TEs, and FBs split into 2 groups with half working Softball drill, and half working Medicine ball drill.

Christmas Tree Drill:

This drill gets it’s name from the shape the cones on the ground make, similar to a Christmas Tree.  2 players can go at a time, one working right side stagger, one working left.  The players will kick slide on roughly a 45 degree angle, then lateral step inside and so on until the end of the tree.  At the end of the tree they will turn to their outside and sprint.  This simulates when you are beat by a defender, you aren’t in position to block him anymore and all you can do is sprint to try to get back in his way as he works up the field.  If you have a large group, you can set up more cones to make more Trees.

For setting up the tree Each cone is 2 yards wider and 2 yards deeper than the previous cone.

Click here if you missed PART 1 of this series. 

Teaching Vertical Set

I get messages at least once a day asking me something football related.  This off season I would say the number 1 thing has been asking how to teach vertical setting.  I have written articles in the past on vertical setting and drills for pass pro but I want to use this article to tie it all together.

This is the order I would go about teaching things.

Find a scheme
Vertical setting can and will work in any type of pass protection scheme.  I have used it and seen it used at the HS and College level in BOB, half slide, and full slide protections.  Pick a scheme (maybe have a 2nd as a change up or adjustment) and beat your rules in to your kids head.  Vertical setting is great, the best thing since sliced bread, but if you flat out don’t attempt to block a defender because you’re kids don’t know who to block, or more importantly, where their eyes need to be, it won’t matter if you back hand spring set… you’re QB is dead.

Decide your ideal depth
Colleges and vertical set purists have been using a 4 step vertical step approach )inside out inside out) as far as I know since it’s invention.  My original Vertical Set post explains this.  Middle of 2 seasons ago I adjusted ours to a 2 step approach.  4 steps was getting us too close to the QB’s face and he felt uncomfortable and I felt we could still do our job with 2 steps of depth.  I dubbed this technique Vertical Set 2.0 because it was the new edition and used 2 steps.  You need to decide what is best for your kids.  If I was brand new to it I would work 4 steps initially and see how the OL and QB felt with it and then adjust it to 2 steps from there.

Over exaggerate the set
I believe, in the beginning it is best to have the kids flying backwards.  I like to have them go for more yardage or steps than I would ask in a game when we first teach it.  My thought is similar to track coaches who train their 100m kids by running 200’s.  After doing all those 200’s, the 100 seems easy.  Same thing with setting, after working back for 5 yards, or 6 steps, doing our 2 step vertical set is faster, and feels more comfortable to them.

Below is a video of my kids setting for depth (6 steps) followed by our wave drill. Sorry the video starts a half second too late.

Wave Drill
The next thing I would get really good at is wave drill.  You can work a ton of kids at once.  You can burn some muscle memory in to them.  You are teaching the kids how to step to cut off an inside rush move or a move to their outside.  I refer to them as Power Step and Slide Step.  The Power step is a hard step, 45 degrees up field and inside with a powerful inside hand punch to cut off a defender.  The Slide Step is a pretty traditional kick slide backwards and out at a 45 degree angle to continue getting depth and widening a defender should rush your edge.
This drill is great for checking kids pass pro posture, hands, body position, stagger, and their footwork.  This clip below shows the kids after a squat day (you will see their signs of leg fatigue).  Here I have them all working one side (same stagger and stance), once we get rolling and kids know what position they will be playing the most and where they will be getting most of their reps we will just line the kids up and they will use the stagger of their position.  I just point to a side and for half of them it would simulate an outside rush more while it is an inside rush to the other half of them.

Mirror
Next I introduce our mirror drill.  This helps them reinforce keeping good body posture and moving their feet laterally to “mirror” their defender.  Here is a LINK to a post I did a while back on the mirror drill.
We eventually progress to working mirror, and then I yell HIT, on HIT the defender rushes and the OL has to execute a punch.

Partner Sets
The next drill I use is what I call “Partner Sets”.  We get a lot of good reps in this drill if the kids will work each other.  We partner up and designate one guy as the OL, one as the defender.  On the OL movement the defender will rush and pick a side working 1 move.  The OL has to Set, incorporate part of wave and mirror drill to stay head up with the defender, punch the defender, and work his feet to cancel this first move.
As the kids improve at this drill I then allow the defender to work a first move followed by a counter.  This can be a great time to work kids on the moves you see most from an opponent, or a specific defender’s best move and counter move.

Live 1 on 1s
By this point we are pretty close to letting them go full out and put it all together.  We will work live 1 on 1s next.  I think of this as the test of how well I have taught them.  They will need to use things they’ve learned doing all of the above drills to be successful.

Blitz Pick Up
As long as you have been chalking, walking through, and teaching your specific pass pro scheme(s) your kids should be able to execute the blocks now.  You can include the RB and QB if you like, or just keep your OL by themselves, whatever works best for you.  Now you will use a full defense to bring pressure (combining the 1 on 1’s into a 5 on 5 situation for your OL, or 6 on 6 if you add the back).  You are evaluating where their eyes are and the blocks they are making.
My biggest piece of advice with this drill is to have your fronts/stunts/blitzes pre printed out on cards.  This is something given to you in TFS but it could be made in PPT in an hour or with HUDL in probably even less time.  Make a card for everything you even think you could possibly see.  Make a copy for each of your lower level coaches as well.  Put them in a binder, keep it in the ball bag, your trunk, your briefcase… whatever.  It makes going through and getting the reps so much easier when you can hold it up rather than talk to the defense and see where to go.  If you are fortunate enough to have an assistant helping your OL or an injured kid they can be holding up the card for the defense while you are coaching up/correcting/praising your OL in the drill.

Here are some other drills from a post a did a couple of years ago.
Drill Videos

Cut up of the day: Sprintout

The sprint out game was a huge part of our offense this year. Our QB was a great athlete and was at his best when he could threaten the defense with both his arm and his legs.

By definition we can sprint to any concept in the play book with a one word tag for sprint, but our main sprint out game was

Curl/flat from a 2×2 set

And Flood from 3×1

I was AMAZED at how often we were able to hit the quick out. It was an easy completion for us especially near the goal line… At times I felt the entire stadium knew we were throwing it but we still completed it. It was a great answer for us when defenses wanted to load the box and bring everyone on the goal line.

Enjoy!

Curl/Flat

Flood

The best constraint to all of the sprint out passing IMO is the sprint draw…

I have written multiple posts about it in the past.  Tomorrow I will load some sprint draw clips.

Pass Protection for beginners

This post is designed to answer the many emails received recently regarding drop back pass protection.  I have been asked by several coaches from schools that have been traditional pound you on the ground offenses, that are no switching to spread offenses.

There are various types of protections I am going to go through the most common ones from a schematic point of view, as well as the actual fundamentals of pass protection that I believe in regardless of scheme.

Pass Pro Scheme:
First one must decide on a scheme to use, here is a brief run down of the most common schemes.

B.O.B. – Big on Big, some also use it to mean Back on Backer… either way this is a 6 man protection scheme.  This is the protection scheme that I use.  From Day 1 we teach the kids how to ID fronts, we teach how to block each front.  We can really simplify anything we see down into one of 3 base calls, Nic, Box, and 5-0.  Anything else might be a variation off of one of these but our base rules for each front work however the defense is aligned.  The center makes the front call and we go with whatever the Center says… it doesn’t matter if the defense is running around carrying signs saying “WE ARE IN A 4-2 NIC”, if the Center calls it a 5-0 that is what we go with; he is ALWAYS right.

After the Center makes his call the RB will declare where he fits into the protection… it doesn’t have to be the side he is aligned to, he can cross to the other side but it is important he declares this so the OL know which LB he is responsible for.

We call the front, and the RB declares a side every single snap, so that the defense can never pick up when we are throwing a pass, or running the ball.

Here are pretty standard BOB protections vs common fronts.

The BOB protection might be slightly more complicated than the others I am about to detail but if you work the fronts and blitz pick up throughout the summer then the kids pick it up and you would be amazed at how goof they get at sorting things out.  I have a large binder filled with just about every blitz/stunt you can draw up, all separated out by front call and I have an injured kid or assistant coach hold it up, I can get 2 groups going in a drill I call blitz pick up and we get a lot of reps in just 10 minutes.  I like it because I think it gives us the best match ups, we never have a RB blocking a defensive lineman.
Full Slide
Full slide protection is a gap based protection rather than a man based protection.  As the name suggests every offensive lineman is involved in the slide.  The slide direction can be called in the huddle or the QB can call it at the line.  Let’s say the pass pro is designated as Slide Right, each offensive lineman is responsible for anything in his gap to the right.
The RB will pick up the first thing outside of the Left Tackle, the RB always works opposite of the OL to account for all 6 gaps (C,B,A,A,B,C)
The positive for this one is the simplicity of this scheme… no matter how exotic the defensive structure might get, you are protecting gaps and therefore you should be solid vs anything… you are letting the defense come right to you.
The downside is you are putting a RB on a DE, not many RBs can handle this blocking assignment on an every down basis.  Also I have seen teams bull rush head up and cause OL problems because they are attacking the man rather than a gap and this can be hard to decipher for the OL.
Half Slide
As the name suggests this involves 1/2 of the OL sliding.  It is a zone/man combination and essentially combines the BOB and full slide.  I have to say that I am a fan of half slide, I think it might be the most common pass protection scheme used in HS football.  Our BOB rules essentially turn into half slide is a team is sending guys.
The RB is critical in half slide, whatever side they declare, they are responsible for the LB to that side (like they would be in BOB) Let’s say the RB designates he is protecting left.  Now this tells the Left side they are in man to man protection, and the Center-RG-RT are sliding left.  The LT will definitely be locked on with the  DE, if the LG has a guy head up or a 3 tech then he has him BOB.  Now if it is a 1 tech, or we just have a nose (3-3 stack or something odd) the LG will also be a part of the half slide, he would slide to his right gap as well, the LT will still stay locked on 1 on 1 vs the DE.
I don’t really see any risk in the 1/2 slide, I recommend it for most teams, and like I said our pass pro ends up looking very similar to this because although we are man to man, there are some zone ideas built in.
MAX
This last protection is a 7 man max protection with 2 RBs in the backfield.  Each OL steps inside to sure up the inside and each RB blocks the edge on his side.  This is very strong if you are seeing a lot of inside pressure, and you get your middle 3 OLWRs and you are potentially putting 2 RBs on DEs.  This is not ideal and I would only do this if guys were just coming absolutely free up the middle on a play to play basis and my guys were getting destroyed.  If that’s happening, it is probably going to be a very long Friday night for you.
5 Wide
 
The advantage of BOB and half slide protection is that it gives you the possibility of releasing all 5 eligible WRs into the play.  Because they are responsible for a player who is aligned at depth, the QB should have enough time, even if they rush free (at the snap not aligned on the los) to get the ball off.  It is easiest to have the OL block their regular pass pro when RB is releasing, but it is important that your QB understands your drop back protection just as well as the OL and backs do so that he knows  who the potential free rusher is.  Having the ability to release 5 at times can be very beneficial because you can get a great mismatch or blown assignment with your RB out of the backfield.
My Advice:
I definitely recommend using B.O.B. or 1/2 slide protection.  I think they are the 2 most sound 6 man protection schemes.
Pass Pro Fundamentals:
Now that we have some elementary understanding of pass protection schemes we can go over basic fundamentals.
 
1. Stance – Everything in football begins with a proper stance.  Without a well balanced stance you will never be able to get back and into proper pass pro position.  We have used a 2 point stance the last 2 seasons but are going to be in a light 3 point stance this year.  Very little weight on our hand, we pull and have a lot of lateral movement plays (down blocking and reach blocking) so getting off balanced going forward would just hurt us.
2. Set – The initial movement of an offensive lineman is his set.  The set must gain depth off of the LOS, this allows the OL to get into proper body position, buys him time before contact and helps the OL see any stunts or twists.  There are 2 basic schools of thought for pass setting, the kick slide and the vertical set. The kick slide is the “traditional” approach to pass setting.  It is still used by probably every NFL team and any pro style NCAA team. Here is some video of kick sliding…
It is a backwards kick of the outside leg while sliding the inside leg back… hence the name kick slide.
 
Vertical setting is more of a backwards run, where the OL steps backwards with his inside foot first then his outside foot.  Vertical setting is what all of the spread air raid colleges are either already running or moving towards.  I have done 2 posts on vertical setting in the past they can be found here…Vertical Setting & Vertical Setting 2.0 . The first post is the standard way vertical setting is taught, the VS 2.0 I wrote recently is more adaptations that I have found work best for us.
The next thing we must do is get into proper body position.  We need a good stagger, outside foot should be back, inside foot should be up.  I call the inside foot our power foot, and the outside foot our slide foot.  We should have good bend in our knees and hips, we should be fighting to keep our head back, and our arms should be up, ready to punch, elbows in.
The set can also have some horizontal movement… if my defender is inside of me, I need to take that leverage away at the snap… if he is aligned outside I may need to drift outside at a slight angle as I get my depth so to widen his path to the QB.
 
3. Mirror – The OL must mirror the steps of the defender, he might work inside, outside, loop, there could be some twist on, he might bull rush, the offensive lineman needs to mirror the steps of the defender.  I preach to my kids about always working to split the crotch of the defender.  We can NEVER get beat to the inside.  I use a drill to reinforce this daily. MIRROR DRILL. When mirroring the defender any move to the inside is cut off with what I call a power step with their post leg, cutting off the inside gap.  An outside rush move can be combated in a more passive manner using a slide step of the slide leg.  I believe the slide step should get both depth and width in an effort to widen the rusher so that if beat the OL can run the defender around the QB , wide around the “pocket”. It is important while mirroring that the OL move in a step-step manner, and do not hop around, this creates a loss of base, a loss of balance, and a loss of power.
 
4. Punch – We will set and mirror and we want to wait for contact as long as possible in the drop back game, we have all seen a kid lunge out and get swam over instantly at the snap now you have someone hitting your QB before he is even at his drop.  We want to wait until we can wait no longer and deliver an explosive punch straight out from out set up position into the defenders chest, this must be an explosive movement.  The OL can not cock back, the blow should be delivered from the OL’s throat area where his hands should be waiting to punch when he sets.  It is important the punch does not involve lunging out or stepping at the defender.  As we punch we want to fight to keep our head back, we must always give the defender as little to grab as possible.
 
5. The fight – Other coaches call this phase “Recovery”  I like phrasing it as a fight because to me that is all it is.  After initial contact it is a constant battle by the OL to continue punching while using his mirror steps to keep his body between the defender and the QB at all times.  If you do the first 4 steps perfectly you will buy your QB 1 to 1.5 full seconds… we always want longer than that to throw and that comes from the constant fight of the OL to stay engaged and in front of the defender.

 

I hope this article helps with anyone who is trying to learn the basics of pass protection. Be on the look out for a sprint out pass pro article coming up very soon.

Vertical set 2.0

One of my more popular articles to date  has been my post on Vertical Set Pass Protection.

Now that I have 2 years of experience with it I have decided to write a follow up to share how my feelings regarding vertical setting have changed over time.

First I want to say that I still really like vertical setting and it is something I believe in. However we ran into some problems last year that required a slight tweak to how I teach it.

Our QB last year just don’t get enough depth to feel comfortable with vertical setting. Because of the backwards nature of vertical setting there will be some movement of the LOS back on to the QB’s lap; our QB was perceiving this as pressure even when there was no one coming free. Most HS kids struggle to throw when there is anything near them and with vertical setting you’re likely to have your OL’s backs near you.

What I did was shorten all of our sets to 60s protection, 2 steps backwards rather than 4. This is the opposite of what most air raiders are doing at the college level, most of them use only 90s protection (4 step) for everything but we instead use a 2 step vertical protection on all drop back stuff. I found it made us more solid inside, and most importantly it mentally/psychologically/emotionally helped our QB feel more comfortable.

Because initial contact is a little quicker the OL needs to stay engaged longer. I think it actually helps us on our jailbreak screen. That Offensive Lineman can sell pass block, and sell that he’s been beaten before releasing. I noticed that with our deeper 90 sets on jail that my guys would really whiff on their man in a hurry to get out.

When you NEED depth:
I still allow my tackles to use a traditional vertical set (4 step) if they have a true speed rush guy coming off the edge repeatedly, but this was rare because we down block a lot (DE is really looking for block down/step down).

The other case where the deeper sets help is for blitz pick up, but I found that teams were limited in the stunts they would use up front and we work blitz pick up so often that we didn’t need the extra depth to sort out who was blocking who.

FAQ: Vertical Setting Under Center?
Another issue I want to address is vertical setting while under center. I’ve been asked this dozens of times by other coaches via emails and PM’s. After using this for 2 years it is my opinion that you can not use a 4 step vertical set while under center, I just don’t think the QB can get deep enough fast enough. Now I do think a 2 step vertical set like I use exclusively now can be used under center.

Naysayers:
Now some may say, “if you’re not getting as vertical why not use traditional kick slide steps?”

I still find the inside-out backwards run of vertical setting to be easier to teach and more natural than kick sliding.

Practice:
In our spring drills I will have them work the 2 step set and dropping anchor about 2.4 million times, I will also have them do 5 yard sets as well so they will be able to set deeper if they need to utilize that skill at a later date I also feel that helps them improve the speed of their 2 step vertical set.

What began in the middle of last season as a band aid will now serve as our base way of teaching things. I was worried when I first made the change just because I didn’t know what to expect but I really liked our results and our protection became visibly better after we made the switch.

Mirror Drill

Mirror drill is an everyday drill that we begin working in the spring and will do through the final day of the season.

Very simple drill, OL begins in stance, he will execute a quick set on cadence and “get his feet hot”.  On my whistle the “defender” will move around, the OL must work his feet and “mirror” the defender so that he is always splitting his crotch.

It reinforces good stances, quick sets, good anchor position and body position, keeping feet hot, proper stagger, stepping while not hopping, and staying in front of the defender.

When we get pads on the defender will rush the OL at the end of the drill and they have to drop their butts and punch.  If they get lazy on their sets I stop and make them start over.

Here is some video I had a kid shoot today with my Iphone.

First group the kid on the left is doing some crazy rocking thing with his hands, ignore that. The 2 kids in the second group are much better, the one on the left is my graduating 1st team all league RT/DE (he works out with us some days) and the kid on the right started at Center as a sophomore this year, should be very good for us the next 2 seasons.

Play Action Pass Protections

After a Facebook Shout Out from Julien , I have decided to break down play action pass protections.

I have used each of these 3 pass protections in the past, all with success.  They are probably the 3 simplest/most common play action protections I have seen used.

BOB

The first is… our regular standard pass pro.  Many Air Raid offenses call this play as an 80 series play.  So if say 4 verts is 97 in our offense, this would be 87.  The OL bands just say 90, RB just does a little fake dive, QB sticks it out then drops.  This is the simplest form of play action pass protection we can do because there is nothing new for the OL at all.

We Stay in our regular BOB Pas Pro Rules
The next 2 pass protections can be used for straight drop back off of play action but I have mostly used them with roll out/boot type play action plays.
SLIDE
The first I will show is a full slide play action pass protection.  This was my main play action protection I used last year because we ran a lot of sprint out, so since we were already good at that, I used the same word on my OL’s wristband to tell them which way to slide and block.  RB just fakes across and picks up on the back side.
I use an “L” or “R” word to designate to my OL which way we are sliding on their wristband.
RB we use Flame – Fake Left
                  Fire – Fake Right
BOOT
The final play action protection I will use is a pretty standard “boot” protection.  I have seen countless teams run this from under center, and the rules remain the same in the spread.  I did not use this last year, but this was our only play action protection in the 4 years I coached in an under center Fly/Pro offense.
It works well because it is very similar schematically to a trap play we already ran, they just couldn’t go down field of course.  To the defense keying OL, it must have looked very similar to our base run play.
Boot Right:
  • RT steps in to B Gap
  • RG steps in to A Gap
  • C steps in to back side A Gap
  • LG pulls to block DE – Kick out or Log depending on DE’s action
  • LT steps in to B Gap
  • RB fakes across and blocks first thing off the edge of LT’s Butt
I would teach this protection as a concept and label it “Boot Rt” or “Boot Lt”

Vertical Set

I want to give some insight into vertical set pass protection.

I used traditional kick slide technique for my first 4 years as a coach and discovered vertical pass sets about a year ago.  I began researching the technique and drills, began meeting with coaches, and watched some coaches teach it.  I learned most of what I know about vertical setting from Brian Hamilton, head Coach at Concord HS, in Concord, CA where I live.  I think he is one of the best OL coaches in northern CA and his team won the NCS D-2 Championship this season.

The vertical pass set is ridiculous simple… walk backwards as fast as you can.

Now to traditionalists they will say everything about vertical setting is wrong, the backward retreat will get you bullrushed, you have no leverage and power blah blah blah, the fact is if you coach it right it isn’t true, and it is in my mind the simplest form of pass protection and I think it is superior to kick slide

What is it basically?

Vertical setting is essentially the OL equivalent of a backpedal.
We retreat backwards away from the LOS , looking for all 5 OL to remain on the same vertical plane.

The OL steps should go
Inside – Out – Inside – Out

basically we always step with the inside foot first, and then the outside foot.  for all 90s protection we take 4 steps back before dropping we “Anchor”.  Many teams only use this protection but I still use a separate 60s protection, that is the same thing but for 2 steps.

The vertical portion isn’t that difficult to teach, you just need reps.  We just start working our kids to backpedal, but with big steps.  I try to get them to cover ground in those 4 steps, the whole purpose of vertical setting is to be as deep as possible when we make contact.  The kids will feel goofy, look like crap at first, and some might tumble, but keep working it, they will get better and better each day.  By the season some of my OL had better feet than our corners.

Vertical setting is about getting depth, and keeping the 5 OL on the same level until contact is made
It really is easy to teach the base idea, but the devil is in the details.  You have to really work what I call the Anchor

So traditionalists will tell you setting like that will leave you high and with no leverage, and this is semi true, the anchor is what remedies this and helps us regain leverage.  Once that 4th step hits, we DROP our butt right now, to resume that “perfect pass pro posture” that kick slide coaches think they and they alone possess.  The anchor is about when an OL will decide who he is taking.

Vertical sets are so wonderful to me, because the depth and timing of the steps allows you to see any twists or blitzes that might occur.  If any stunt is on, it is happening right in front of my OL while they are setting, they anchor right when they defense should be showing their hand, and then boom we are ready to punch and work our feet.

For those who think we have given up all leverage by backpedaling remember this… SO HAVE THE D Linemen!!!
some of you are thinking, a bull rush will kill them, DL will be right underneath them coming out of their 3 point

well take a look at this DE’s stance…

Look at his butt up in the air, all that power stored in those coiled hips… well guess what by the time he reaches us (because of our depth) he will be much more upright, and he will have lost a great deal of his power.

If we anchor after that 4th step, then WE will be the low man, and WE will have the leverage advantage.

Go ask anyone of your DL to do a 5 yard get off, I guarantee by yard #5 he has risen a ton and his body is pretty much upright

We want to be 4-5 yards deep when we make contact
-we start out 1 yard off the ball by alignment
-we try to get those extra yards off of our vertical set

We feel that if we have to make your DL sprint 5 yards before contact, that will take 1 full second.  So before contact we have already blocked you for 1 second.  Now all i do is ask my OL to stay in that man’s way for 2 more full seconds (this is whatever you normally teach for pass pro, punch footwork, countering moves, all of that doesn’t change from whatever you normally do)

That is 3 seconds, my QB should have it off by then

You would be amazed at how many times I saw opposing DL just stop rushing… they flat out quit because they got tired of chasing my OL just to get even with them, then having to work to get around them, then having to work to get my QB on the ground…
They would get off the ball, see it was a pass, and just stop their feet.

After this season I am a firm believer in what vertical setting can do for you.  My JV team for example, we had somewhere between 250-300 pass attempts on the year, we gave up 5 sacks total.  I think that is a pretty damn good job of pass protecting.

One game alone we threw the ball 42 times and only gave up 1 sack.
The vertical sets allowed my guys to see every blitz coming.  We never gave up a sack due to scheme, all 5 sacks were just a case of one kid beating another 1 on 1, that’s football you win some, you lose some… but I will definitely take somewhere near 300 pass attempts and give up only 5 sacks.

The worst part about traditional pass pro in my mind was the quick sacks… sometimes a kid lunges out and the DL swims over him right at the snap, and he is in the backfield instantly, blowing up the QB.  We never have that now, there is no chance for the instant play because that DL has to run 5 yards before he even gets into position to be able to work a move.

No BIG hits on the QB.  With this system, and the fact that everyone (even if they are HORRIBLE) is at least slowing the other guy down, I have found that the QB sacks we do see in our program are more pull down, grabbing type sacks, never the BIG collision.

All in All, vertical setting is more effective than traditional kick slide, and I think it is very easy to teach.  It isn’t fancy, not a whole lot of technique, you can get away with telling your kids, run backwards as fast as you can… and you’re half way through coaching it 😉