Youth Soccer Training: Offensive Line Cut Block

A unique style of offensive line blocking is called a slice or slice. Over the years, some have called a cut or chopped block a “dirty” technique. A slice works very well and, if taught correctly, can keep a dominant defender at bay. Cutting or hacking should never be attempted with the ruthless intent of hurting any player. I would get confirmation from the association rules that hacking and chopping is allowed before showing it to any player.

Offensive linemen, and sometimes other blockers, use a cut blocking technique, legally blocking below the waist (i.e., from in front of the defensive player) in an attempt to drive defenders to the ground, rendering them unable to chase a runner. for the short time he needed behind to find a hole in the defence. The technique is somewhat controversial, as it carries the risk of serious leg injury to blocked defenders.

The San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s and early 1990s were famous for their cutting technique (and leg-spanking blocking techniques, which is not legal), a maneuver that was finally used in the mid-1990s. the 1990s by the NFL’s Denver Broncos. The Denver Broncos gained a level of fame using their cut-blocking style (often called a rogue play by other teams) that produced the best running offense in the NFL for over ten years, but also resulted in many opponents defensive football player for the Broncos were injured. for the cut blocks. In a Monday Night Football game in 2004, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Tony Williams was injured year-round after a cut block (by Broncos lineman George Foster), and in 2005, Cincinnati Bengals defensive guard Jacksonville Jaguars player Paul Spicer was seriously injured on a cut block by Broncos lineman Matt Lepsis. In response to the complaints, in 2004, Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan explained to local reporters and showed them a movie of an NFL game (only seen and used by coaches) that showed how almost everyone NFL teams use the cut blocking technique.

As you can see from the paragraph above, there is a lot of controversy in the NFL regarding cut blocking, so be sure to use caution if you decide to teach cut blocks to your youth football team. It is important to show only safe and legal techniques for a potentially dangerous block. We use a simple but safe rule regarding cutting blocks. Only if you are being beaten and can stay on all fours can you block. Our coaches have all players drive or get on all fours against the defender.

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