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ol12sBy The X&O Labs Staff



Last week, we started our annual review of the data gathered through our Self Scout Your Career survey, the largest football coaching research study ever completed. The second installment of our series breaking down this extensive coaching data will focus on Offensive Line coaches.



 

Last week, we started our annual review of the data gathered through our Self Scout Your Career survey, the largest football coaching research study ever completed. The second installment of our series breaking down this extensive coaching data will focus on Offensive Line coaches.

As we mentioned before, survey is still ongoing (if you or your staff hasn't taken it yet, check it out here), we wanted to share some of the insight that the surveys have unearthed. We also recognize that while many of you have already taken one survey from selfscoutyourcareer.com, you likely have not seen the results of the other 10 surveys. In addition to the Offensive Line Research Report you are currently reading, we will also be releasing our Defensive Line Research Report this week.

Here are a few of the highlights you will find in the graphs and questions contained in the Offensive Line Survey results below:

  • 59% of O Line coaches believe that they need AT LEAST 20 minutes of individual work with their linemen to be successful.
  • The "Chute" is the most common piece of equipment used by O Line coaches while the "Sled" was the least common amoung the 4 choices given.
  • O Line coaches told us that hand placement fundamentals are the most under-coached aspect of offensive line play.
  • 59% of the O Line coaches surveyed believe the most important physical skill you can teach your linemen is to "stay on their course / finish blocks."

Check out each of those questions and their responses below and see how the information compares to the your team. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on the data presented in this report. Please feel free to share your opinions and thoughts in the comments section below.

**Note: The data shown below is the current information from our ongoing study. It will likely change over time and as that happens, we will be sure to keep you apprised of the trends as they become apparent. Again, if you or your staff has not already participated, or if you want to just take a different survey (you can use the same email address without a problem) please CLICK HERE.

 

1. In your opinion, how much individual practice time is needed in season to successfully develop your offensive line?

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2. Which of the following pieces of equipment do you get the most use out of in your practice time?

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3. In your opinion, what is the most under-coached aspect of offensive line play?

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4. Which of the following is the most important physical skill you can teach your offensive line to possess in order to be successful?

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5. Which element of offensive line play do you spend the most amount of time on during practice?

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In addition to the questions above, Offensive Line coaches that completed the survey also provided interesting insight into the following topics:

 

  • How long have you been coaching the offensive line?
  • Which of the following pieces of equipment do you get the least use out of in your practice time?
  • Which of the following is the most important intangible trait/characteristic you can instill in your offensive line to get them to be successful?
  • Which element of offensive line play do you spend the least amount of time on during practice?How much “walk through” time do you spend with your lineman on a daily basis? This can either be before practice, during practice or after practice.
  • When designing your daily practice schedule, which of the following areas do you designate the most time for?
  • When designing your daily practice schedule, which of the following areas do you designate the least time for?
  • We know that all players learn in different ways, but which of the following teaching methodologies has been the most successful for you in the instruction of your offensive linemen?
  • In your experience, what has been the most productive horizontal split between your offensive linemen?
  • In your experience, what has been the most productive vertical split between your offensive linemen?
  • What do you use as an aiming point when teaching your offensive lineman to block the inside zone scheme?
  • What do you use as an aiming point when teaching your offensive lineman to block the outside zone scheme?
  • Which of the following pull techniques do you teach your offensive linemen?

 

For access to this information, you can either click here to take the offensive line survey and receiver your own, instant results or you can log in to the Insiders.  

 

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