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November 2001

November 2001


Evaluating Offensive Linemen

by: Harold Etheridge
Offensive Line Coach, Army
© November 2001

Assessing the abilities and skills of an interior lineman is one of the most coach's job. Many coaches do not realize the true capabilities of their players. Countless times determinations and selections are made solely on the candidate's height, weight, speed and potential as a football player, without much, if any, regard for the player's ability as a performer on the field to actually "get it done."

There are all types of offensive linemen. Some are short and stout. Others are simply massive. While some are tall, rangy and athletic. In order to help a coach determine what type of player he needs, the coach must first clearly have a definition of the type of offensive style and philosophy his team is operating. This fundamental understanding of the offense and its intended results, will dramatically help the coach define exactl....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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