Getting the Backside A-Back Right on Midline Lead

On Midline Lead, the Backside A-back needs to come over from the backside to the playside in order to serve as the extra blocker and lead the way for the Quarterback.

He does this during the cadence.

MIDLINE LEAD LEFT V STEM

1- The cadence is Down, Ready, Sethut (ball snapped on “S” of sethut)

PRE-GAME LEAD DRILL

2- The A-back leaves on the Down by hammer stepping with his inside foot, and then driving his outside foot pointing in a direction five yards behind the Quarterback.

MIDLINE LEAD V 43

3- He runs to get five yards behind the Quarterback by the “S” in sethut.

MIDLINE LEAD VS. 4-3

4- On the “S” in sethut, the Playside A-back steps with his playside foot through the inside leg of the Playside Tackle and runs through the inside leg of the Playside Tackle as fast as he can.

OVER MIDLINE LEAD V SPLIT

5- The Playside A-Back will block any 2nd level defender who shows in that gap.  If nobody does, he will continue running and block the near safety.  He does not have to win any leverage points.  The goal is a tremendous collision.

MIDLINE LEAD RIGHT VS 50 EAGLE

This is how the extra blocker is brought to the Playside on Midline–this is required vs. a 3-technique and a playside safety.

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