If you embrace being a lineman right now, then we can start working towards becoming a great team.” I would love to have my pick of strong, big bodied players with great feet, but most high school coaches don’t have that luxury.
I must find them from the 20 to 30 kids sent my way each year. Coaches always talk about the O-Line needing the most intelligent players, and the center is the fulcrum.
They must have a sense of multiple threats on a single play and be able to communicate to the guard who he will pick up so the guard knows where to look for work. They are the ones who stand out to people and their performance, for better or worse, is the most noticeable of all offensive linemen.
Each individual must use their skills to execute their assignment on a given play, but their performance is linked.
On top of that, most of them all believe they should play another position.
I have never coached a lineman who wouldn’t immediately change positions if given the opportunity.
They must be able to anticipate their assignment because they are not always immediately engaged at the snap.
Guards have to know when to do what they are coached to do, but also be able to improvise at times and do what it takes to get a block.
It is a unique unit within a team that the rest of the offense relies on in order to do their job.
The offensive line must work together and trust each other on each play of every practice and game.