Bubble Blocking

  • Bubble Blocking

     Greg Mose updated 2 months ago 3 Members · 5 Posts
  • Derek Moyers

    Member
    December 1, 2020 at 11:03 am

    I am looking for some insight on how other WR coaches teach/drill blocking for the bubble out of a Trips formation.

  • Tyler Grundvig

    Member
    December 1, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Hi coach!

    When we run bubble to trips we’ve been pretty successful with cross blocking. The #3 receiver is our bubble receiver. The #1 WR and the #2 WR will cross block. #2 blocks the CB and #1 blocks the first inside defender, usually this is an apex OLB but sometimes it can be a safety. #3 splits the cross block and then it’s a foot race between him and the closest defender. What we like about this is we can use the same cross block approach but also throw a screen to #1 and have #2 and #3 cross block, or we can throw a screen to #2 and have #1 and #3 cross block. We let them show us what they’re going to give us, and then we bubble or screen based on their alignment and depth.

    One thing that can really mess up the cross block is if the CB is pressing the line on #1. In that situation, we have #1 step back and #2 play up on the line. This give #2 a better angle on the CB and allows the #1 to go behind #2 and block the first inside defender. If the CB is playing at depth, then we keep our #1 on the line and have #2 off the line.

    • Greg Mose

      Organizer
      December 28, 2020 at 11:05 am

      Do you guys always cross block in trips?

  • Tyler Grundvig

    Member
    December 1, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Sorry coach, I totally misread your post and thought you were asking how we run our bubble.

    Our stalk blocking drill is broken down into four segments. We start about 7-10 yards apart to mimic the distance they have to cover for their cross block, then we have the WR run at the defender. About 2 yards away we have the WR come to balance as they close distance. When they get close enough to block the defender we have them buzz their feet and punch with both hands, thumbs up, inside leverage. They really need to focus on getting inside leverage so they can get a good grip on the front of plate of the shoulder pads. Then, they lock out and drive them backward. After we have went through all four phases we have them rep all four in one drill at full speed. The lockout and drive is key to getting the defender on their heels. If the WR just buzzes his feet and tries to stay in front of the defender, the defender will give him a move or a swim and that is when the WR is likely to grab and hold. If you can teach them to punch with both hands, thumbs up, inside leverage, lock out and drive….the defender will be on their heels.

    • Greg Mose

      Organizer
      December 28, 2020 at 11:07 am

      Love it. Like the lock out and drive. We teach our WRs to mirror, but I personally have wanted to go away from it. Do you guys stress the WRs to keep their shoulders parallel to the LOS? This is something we have stressed so then the runner can run the ladder as we call it. Thoughts?

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