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The four rules of blocking.

 

The first time I was ever granted the opportunity to watch a football coach at work, the first lesson and the one that sticks with me is the coach's approach with his offensive line. I remember him taking them down to a 20 yard line, lining them up and informing them of their task.

He said "Before I teach you any scheme, or system or discipline, I want you to learn four basic rules of blocking these rules are to be followed for a pass rush, or a run play. You break or fail to follow these rules I will bench you, no questions asked."

1. Never turn your man loose uncontested into a play. Sure, he may get the jump on you, but I better see spikes in your body before he's allowed to attempt any kind of tackle or redirection.

2. When you have a man blocked in pass protection, you never ever surrender him until you hear the whistle or a change where you are asked to push the pressure away from the middle. (Center calls for help of some kind.)

3. If given the opportunity during a run play to get up the field and hit an unblocked defender without penalty, you take it, never sit on your heels once you see the runner in the open field.

4. Finish, this is the biggest rule, there should never be a point on the field where I see your body stone still on a play, even if it's just you hustling up the field because you've put your man down. This is my golden rule.

 

These four rules were used to gauge effort. I don't see the so called seahawks showing this kind of effort. Sean Locklear has made me dislike him so strongly because Brandon Frye despite being overmatched definitely gave more effort on a partially pulled groin than I ever saw Locklear give all season. Nothing would make me jump for joy more than seeing his name on the cut list after I keyed on him for the last four games and have seen nothing that makes him redeemable. Skill or not, he's not working hard enough on the field. Were I the coach, he'd have been benched before I even considered Spencer's position as in question. 

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