Ed Warinner was back in the news this week, officially becoming the offensive line coach at Michigan. And with that, Dakota (Mich.) High School assistant coach James Light dug up an old clip of Warinner speaking at a coaching clinic about leverage. I can’t quite make out the logo on Warinner’s polo, but maybe your eye sight is better than mine.
The point Warinner makes here is that leverage is important as a fundamental of offensive line play not just on a personal basis, but as an offense. The answer, Warinner says, to running the ball with six blockers against a 9-man front is to run a different play.
“The question I get asked the most is, how do I run this play into that defense? You don’t. That’s a shitty play into that defense because the defense has leverage at every position. I don’t believe in that,” he said. ‘Even if we’re better than the people we’re playing, we’re not going to run plays with bad leverage, bad alignment.”
Check it out.
New Michigan OL coach Ed Warriner. “In order for the OL to play well, you have to give those guys a leverage advantage.” pic.twitter.com/rtivW95ZRM
— James Light (@JamesALight) February 24, 2018