OL/DL Technique Question
This is not a critique of our trenches, but rather an observation, especially with our DEs & OLs.
I was always taught low man wins. I teach that to young kids and I know it works in little league & middle school ball. It looks like we have a lot of guys hitting their opposing linemen from a vertical position. Is this a different technique because of size, strength and speed? I also understand pass blocking and zone blocking create a slightly different technique than hitting your guy off the ball when it is snapped say on a run play & just trying to get under him and drive him back. (Sorry for the run on sentence). I did not play college ball, so I truthfully do not know and I never really was looking at it analytically until Thursday's game. It seemed we had more of it than I have noticed in the past.
Frankly, Clowney was one of those guys. Who am I to question his technique, right? However, he is also 3-4 inches taller than many of the guys he faces, so I am sure it is easier said than done.
On another note, I was pleased with the overall product Thursday night considering the heat ad Clowney's illness.