This video is titled “Escape Techniques”. The video was produced by a website called footballdoneright.com and covered block shedding techniques for defensive linemen. The video covered several techniques on block shedding including the club, swat, trap, and forklift. This video was entirely from the technique aspect of football coaching. In a condensed timeline, the video provided a brief instruction of each technique to be performed in a drill type scenario and then the techniques were used in an actual drill. Although the video covered each technique’s use to penetrate the line of scrimmage, one could assume that these techniques are the foundation for upcoming tactical decisions. The first move displayed in the video was the club; the instructor in this video gives clear direction as well as an explanation for this technique followed by the players executing the technique. The instructor makes excellent points in this portion of the video, emphasizing the decreased surface area when utilizing this move as well as the intended goal of this technique. The next move showcased is the swat which, according to the instructor, “is essentially a double club” (Stern, 2009). This move also allows for penetration of the offensive line by a defender. The next move is the trap followed by the forklift. Each of the four techniques shown in the video can be effective in penetrating the offensive line by a defensive player. I liked the fact that each technique was explained in detail and demonstrated thoroughly prior to executing the drill. The moves showcased in this video would be useful for any player looking to add to their repertoire, but lacked the finer points of winning a battle in the trenches. As always a coach, at the high school level, has to take into account several factors when dealing with an entire team; many times schools do not have the number or size of players desired by a football coach which forces coaches to get undersized or underdeveloped players onto the line. Given this often seen phenomenon, I would think that coaches would want to explore as much tactic as they do technique for the linemen positions. The drill that caps this instructional video off was well executed and did not waste time utilizing all four of the moves in rapid succession with little to no down time in between. My problem with this video is the lack of emphasis on pad height or leverage. These are two key elements on a line both offensive as well as defensive. Given the fact that an offensive lineman will not just be standing in front of you, and will be putting up a fight, I thought the video could have touched on which of these four moves should be used in different situations, a “if he does this, you do that” type of format; this way we can not only teach techniques but tactics as well bringing more insight into the battle that takes place on every snap in the trenches. Another key component missing from this video is reading the play, feeling for pressure or encountering a pulling lineman in front of you. These are all areas that should be stressed when teaching linemen. As I mentioned earlier this video was completely technique-based but does lay the foundation for a tactical discussion. Each of these moves, in theory, set a defender up to be standing in the opposing team’s back field, which escalates the defender from a technical battle to a tactical battle. Obviously it depends on the defensive play called but mental choices have to be made instantly when given the opportunity to sack the quarter back or stop a play for lost yardage. This video could have developed into more of a progression from snap to whistle, instead of purely technique training. I think that the moves were shown and describe well and the drill was executed without flaw but it certainly left the door wide opened for more depth. I would not necessarily show this video to fellow coaches nor would I recommend players watch it because there are far more important things to be done in preparation. I do think the techniques from this instructional video could be taught on the practice fields but I would rather have time to stress the importance of more crucial factors like pad height and leverage. Overall it is a good video, not great, that demonstrates advance block shedding techniques that could be utilized by defensive linemen to gain an advantage in the trenches. The picture and audio quality are high and the explanations are good, along with good examples of each techniques use. I just feel that there are more important factors for defensive linemen to understand, practice, and master before devoting a lot of time to moves that may not be conducive to their physical skills or style of play; each player will gain basic knowledge of block shedding techniques, but it is up to them to decide which one are the best for them.
THIS SEGMENT WAS PROVIDED BY CHRIS MOULTON. CHRIS LIVES IN MICHIGAN AND HAS EXPERIENCE COACHING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL.