By Justin Iske
Offensive Line Coach
Fort Hays State University
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What Is Turn Protection?
In the simplest terms, turn protection is a half-man, half-slide protection with the center, playside guard, and playside tackle responsible for a gap; and the backside guard and tackle manned up on a defensive lineman. (See Examples in Diagram 1, 2, and 3).
Definitions of Protection
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Finally, when you set up your game plan, make sure that you have contingency plans. What happens if my left tackle goes down and a terrible match-up is created? What if they break their tendencies and are hurting you with pressures? Have answers for issues before they come up so that you can get them handled on the sidelines and/or at halftime to get them corrected. Just because you gave your center a set of rules before the game, don’t marry yourself to those rules no matter what. In football, things change quickly. When things go wrong, your players look to you for answers. If you don’t have any, you are sunk. If you can put them in a position to be successful, then they will play their heart out for you every play.
I would like to thank our head coach, Chris Brown, and offensive coordinator, Justin Schreiber, for helping me with putting this article together. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us here at FHSU anytime.