How to Run a Reverse Play in Football : How to Run a Reverse Play on The Offensive Line

How to Run a Reverse Play in Football : How to Run a Reverse Play on The Offensive Line


Hi, this is Sean Hobson, for Expert Village.
What we want to talk about now is what our line is going to do when running the proper
reverse. The basic way to run the defense in a reverse is to go straight up and block
straight up the field ahead of you. We won’t try any crazy angles or double teaming on
the block right now. All we want to do on the main part is to block the left side for
the ball to come back around. Remember, the reverse is going to start off to the right
side. So, we always want the play to look like it normally would when we run a dive
play when our running back is coming in the right direction. To start off the play we
always want our tackles to block on tackles (video demo). This tackle is going to step
up and take on the defensive tackle. The guard, in a 5:3 set, which is what most teams will
run, he’s going to come up and try to either hit the tackle and then pick up a nose tackle
or nose guard or depending on what they have in there. They may slip a linebacker in there.
We want our other guard to try to go up field and get either the nose guard or slip through
and hit a linebacker on the back side. Remember, we’re trying to keep everything pinned to
the inside. Our last tackle is going to hit the tackle that is straight ahead of him.
Keeping everything to the inside in the initial block of the line is going to be straight
up the field.

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