Helping our offensive linemen become bigger and stronger is a priority every offseason. Their ability to improve movement on the field is directly related to moving weights.
However, bigger and stronger can’t be limited to just the weight room. They must find a way to continue to build their footwork, leverage and hand work, all of which are necessary for success.
During the season, we dedicated each Thursday special teams period for a “work on your own” session in which players worked together in pairs or small groups to improve technique, work on problem areas or against a specific defender technique that they expect to see in the next game. As the season progressed, my role as a coach was to move around and work and provide feedback as they made adjustments and accomplished their objectives.
With this teaching model in place, player can continue this work daily until we come together again as a group. The desired effect is that by August they will not only be bigger, faster and stronger, but they also will be more technically and fundamentally sound.
Since players have been trained to see and help make adjustments through our culture of learning they now begin to serve as coaches for each other, which has shown to be an effective way to improve their own understanding of the game.
Here are five areas that offensive lineman can focus on during the offseason:
In just 10 to 15 minutes a day, a committed group of linemen can make huge improvements on their own. When you have a group of bigger, faster, stronger linemen who also have better understanding and technique, you will be way ahead of your opponents next August.
Keith Grabowski has been a football coach for 26 years, currently serving as an offensive assistant and technology coordinator at Oberlin College in Ohio. He previously was a head coach at the high school level for eight years and the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Baldwin Wallace University. Grabowski serves as an advisor for several sports technology companies. He is a columnist for American Football Monthly and writes his own blog at thecoachesedge.com/blog. He’s the author of “101+ Pro Style Pistol Offense Plays” and five other books available on thecoachesedge.com and operates Coaches Edge Technologies. Follow him on Twitter @CoachKGrabowski.