[Podcast]: Ask Coach Dan Dorazio: Veteran Collegiate and Canadian Football League Offensive Line Coach

By Keith Grabowski | Posted 3/25/2020

Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, your host Keith Grabowski held a Q&A with longtime offensive line coach Dan Dorazio. Coach Dorazio has worked as an offensive line coach in the Canadian Football League since 1998, and he has worked with teams including the BC Lions, Calgary Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Toronto Argonauts. On this episode of the podcast, hear about Coach Dorazio's experiences when he answers questions from collegiate offensive line coaches across the country.

2:00 Intro

3:15 Three Favorite Run concepts

4:46 Evolution of Zone Blocking

6:36 Three crucial weekly drills

9:29 Transitioning to Canadian Football

13:34 Transition from RB to OLine coach

17:10 Establishing a mentor

18:41 Being teammates with Nick Saban

23:22 Double under striking

28:10 Off-season development plan

33:56 Mixing up the drills

36:01 Vertical vs. quick lateral sets

40:00 Characteristics to look for in offensive linemen

46:08 Zone and gap double team combos

1:05:02 Taking care of Level 1

1:05:50 Hand punches

1:09:26 Teaching snap techniques to new center

1:12:40 Adjustments to landmarks

1:14:45 Best plays against "Bear" defense

1:18:32 Protection against 4i-0-4i

1:20:46 Accounting for linebackers


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