Blocking the Outside Veer

I’ve described running the Outside Veer on this site against a goal line defense, and against a ‘double eagle’ 5-3, with defensive tackles over the guards. But the play can be run against even fronts as well.  For a ‘regular’ defense, the pitch key is #1, and the dive key is #2. There are three key blocks to teach.

Veer Blocks

Tackle, A Back, and Split End are all Reading the Defense

The playside offensive tackle’s goal is to block down on the #4 defender (red triangle above.) Our blocker’s first step is outside. If that defensive tackle is very athletic, or lines up in a 4 or 5 tech in order to burst outside, the block changes to a high pressure block. The offensive tackle must stay with the man until the whistle blows, pushing him further outside if he wins that gap.

Normally our playside A back takes an outside path to the #3 defender. But in some defenses (as above) that man is protected by the defensive tackle. When that happens the playside A back reads the helmets of the #4 defender and the playside offensive tackle. If the defender’s helmet is inside or aligned evenly with the offensive tackle, the path to the #3 defender is outside. But if the defensive tackle jumps outside, the A back curls inside our blocker to attack the #3 defender.

The split end targets #3 for a crack block. If he disappears (i.e. blitzes, or crashes for the dive) then our split end reroutes to the safety.

Elsewhere, the playside guard base blocks a man-on defender, or combo blocks the inside gap. The center and backside guard scoop, and the backside tackle gets to the second level.

We call the Outside Veer when the #4 defender is consistently going to the B gap. So chances are our tackle is going to be able to make his down block and our A back’s path will be outside.

But it pays to be prepared. Our quarterback’s goal is to point the ball at the #2 defender and get down the line. If #2 plays slow or soft, we give. But if the #2 is suddenly invisible due to the #4, our QB can pull and cut inside, following the A back on what becomes a lead or follow play.

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