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July 2012

July 2012


Inside and Outside Zone Blocking

by: Ken Wilmesherr
Offensive Line Coach, Grossmont College
© July 2012

Inside zone blocking helps create double teams while outside zone blocking is intended to stretch the defense.

Zone is different than other offenses because there is no specific point of attack. As a result, the whole defensive front will be stressed. Inside and outside zone is not a man blocking scheme, but rather an area or zone blocking scheme. However, on inside zone you must block the first level first by getting vertical movement on the down defender to a second level defender.

The zone play can break down anywhere so both play side and backside blocking assignments are crucial. On inside zone play, stress that effective backside blocking provides cutback lanes for the ball carrier. On inside zone, there will be double teams whereas on outside zone play there will be no double teams except on the edge between the ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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