Posted by Andy Benoit
This is fantastic football analysis – the type of stuff the John Maddens and Ron Jaworskis like to talk about. It comes from Randy Cross of the National Football Post:
Every time I've seen this potential annual All-Pro approach a defender, he engulfs defenders with his arms, with his hands, ending up in "hugging" position. Mike, embrace the term "within the frame of the defender's body" and get those hands on the numbers at the defender's chest at ALL times.
You've developed a bad habit over a long period and it will be hard to break but let me give you two options:
1) change this habit and become one of the NFL's most feared power blockers and dominant offensive linemen.
2) persist with your inner "Ari", get penalty flags that kill big plays and big drives (linemen who do this and don't adjust have historically short careers by the way)
As ESPN’s Mike Sando pointed out, Demetric Evans offered excellent insight on this topic in a Sacramento Bee article earlier this month. Here’s what Evans said of Iupati’s technique:
"At the NFL level, on passing downs, when we say technique we mean shuffling back from the line of scrimmage rather than being so aggressive and trying to get your hands on someone quickly. Because (defensive) guys might not look the part, but they are technically sound. They can swat your hands. They can get you on the inside. That's compared to a guy that sits back on the line of scrimmage and is more relaxed lets the play come to him. Being a rookie and coming from college, that's something he can learn. That's a learning curve. It goes back to what I said early. You can tell he used to dominate in college because his technique right now is to get his hands on a guy and just maul him. He could get away with that because he was physically stronger than those d-linemen."
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