Maintaining the proper distance between the feet is important for an offensive lineman to keep a stable blocking platform. This football offensive lineman drill helps that skill.
What you need – You will need a 2×12” plank that is about 10 or 12 feet long. You can match up offensive lineman and defensive players on this football drill, but this drill is primarily for the offensive lineman.
How this drill works – The offensive lineman must have a good stance when he is trying to maintain a good base when he is blocking. This drill helps that by teaching them a decent distance to have their feet apart.
Starting in a 3-point stance, straddling the 2×12, the offensive lineman will fire out at the defensive player and engage them. This whole time they need to make sure they are keeping their feet outside the plank. Once they bring their feet too close together, they are going to fall, slip, or be knocked over by the defensive player.
This can also be adapted to work with pass blocking as well – always trying to maintain that good base to make the blocks. A wide base is essential for the offensive lineman to maintain during the entire block.
This drill is done when the coach blows the whistle.
Result – Better footwork by your offensive linemen means better blocks overall.
Next step: If you’re looking for more drills and practice ideas, check out this great article on how to plan a football practice.