ITP Glossary: Deuce Block

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Deuce Block

The deuce block is a combination block between the tackle and guard to the backside linebacker that is typically run in a gap or power-blocking scheme. Most NFL and college teams utilize a mixture of zone and power-blocking schemes, so this is a common technique at each level.

As with any successful combo block, cohesiveness and timing between the two blockers executing a deuce block is critical. On each combo block that works to the second level of the defense, there is a transition period where one blocker is charged with overtaking the defender, while the other blocker simultaneously releases to the second level.

Proper technique, leverage, and timing is needed to generate movement on initial contact to make life easier during the transition period. Specifically, at the point of attack you want to see each blocker hit, lift, and drive the defender. Creating movement is the key component that determines a successful deuce block.

Context: 2015 Divisional Playoffs between the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers. It’s the first play of the game, and Carolina has the ball on their own 25-yard line. The Panthers come out in 22 personnel and run a counter with the right guard pulling, and the fullback following behind to clear a path for the running back. The result of the play is a 59-yard gain by running back Jonathan Stewart.

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Here Carolina Panthers left tackle Michael Oher and left guard Andrew Norwell work a deuce block. They are working from the 3 technique to the backside linebacker. The timing of the release from Norwell and the overtaking by Oher were executed perfectly because of the movement they generated by working in unison from snap-to-finish.

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Brandon Thorn wrote this entry. Follow Brandon on Twitter @VeteranScout.

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