On every running play, even if it is blocked perfectly, there are two unblocked defenders. With a ball carrier and a quarterback, there are only nine players available on offense to block 11 defenders. To make the running game work, there obviously needs to be good blocking execution. If anyone misses his block, then there are three unblocked defenders. Also, it’s important to have a back who makes the correct reads and can beat defenders in one-on-one situations.
Today we’ll take a look at some plays from the Spring Game, talk about the reads of the running backs, and focus on blocking the backside defensive end (or not blocking him, in some cases).
Here’s the video.
Play #1: The defensive end at the top of the screen is #4, Ken Ekanem . Trey Edmunds knows that he likely won’t be able to get to the outside because the rover (#26 Desmond Frye ) has outside leverage. He makes the proper decision to cut his run back towards the middle of the field. However, nobody blocks Ekanem, the backside defensive end. Either the right tackle (#63 Laurence Gibson ) or the fullback on the right side (#86 Zack McCray ) need to cut block Ekanem and get him on the ground. The play went for a 5 yard gain, but only because Trey Edmunds drug the pile for 5 yards. Ekanem made contact with him at the line of scrimmage. That play could have gone for bigger yardage had Ekanem been taken out. I think it was McCray’s responsibility, but I can’t be sure.
Play #2: This is...
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