This presentation is a valuable tool for teaching drive block progression. According to Coach Hughes, the answer to successful blocking is teaching the progression of skills needed "in the trenches". The mental approach to playing on the line, teamed with skills, is the theme of this excellent DVD. Hughes' "backfield forward" concept teaches players to execute based on what the backfield is doing. Many of the fundamentals are applicable in the man blocking progression as well as the zone progression. The steps taught are lead step, flat step and the drop step. Hughes starts the progression by analyzing the stance. Hand placement and balance help to teach the two-point stance, followed by "One step" progression, followed by two steps with one or two commands. Firm foot, the fourth step, drives the right knee down to the ground and the progression concludes with the full go - a combination of all steps into live action. Finishing the block is taught in several ways and extends the block progression. The same approach is taken to teaching down blocks, cut off blocks and blocking people in space and how that translates into zone combinations. Analysis of each step includes technique, teaching points and video drill work. Excellent insight and instruction!
38 minutes. 2006.
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