How to defeat a double team

1) Read The O-line

  • If two O-linemen are tight to one another and both looking at you get ready for the double team



2) Tight Alignment

  • Aligning your inside eye to an O-lineman’s outside shoulder will reduce the amount of surface area that both O-lineman can block



3) Take Two Short Steps

  • Short steps allow for your feet to be on the ground more
  • You’re 10x more powerful with both your feet in the ground than with one
  • Avoid being caught on one foot at all costs



4) Stay low

  • Being low gives you more leverage
  • A high D-lineman is a weak D-lineman



5) Punch The Chest

  • Your hands are your weapons; they allow you to create separation between you and the O-lineman
  • High hands reduce your leverage and get you knocked back



6) Get Skinny

  • When you feel pressure from the outside, turn your hips, get low and apply all your pressure on the O-lineman’s outside shoulder
  • Staying square only gives the double team more surface area to block



7) Make the play

  • When the innermost O-lineman goes up to the linebacker throw the O-lineman off and make the play
  • If you’re stuck on the O-lineman you can’t make the play


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